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Mashrafe, Mahmudullah praise young local pacers

  • Published at 09:37 pm December 19th, 2019
Rangpur Rangers' Mukidul Islam Mugdho in action during their BBPL match against Cumilla Warriors in Chittagong Wednesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The high-scoring matches in the BBPL so far have come up as a point of discussion, along with the efforts of some of the young pace bowlers who are making the difference in between the run fests

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and all-rounder Mahmudullah have heaped praise on the young promising pacers in the ongoing Bangbandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20. 

The high-scoring matches in the BBPL so far have come up as a point of discussion, along with the efforts of some of the young pace bowlers who are making the difference in between the run fests.

Even a low-scoring venue in the shape of Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka saw runs galore in the first phase of the tournament as the batsmen came hard on the opposition bowlers. 

Coming to Chittagong, the joy for the batters doubled as, the second game of the day Wednesday between Chattogram Challengers and Dhaka Platoon saw 426 runs scored in 40 overs.

Chattogram left-arm pacer Mehedi Hasan Rana is at the top of the list of the highest wicket takers with eight scalps, and an economy rate of 6.58 runs. 

Rangpur Rangers’ 19-year old right-arm pacer Mukidul Islam Mugdho made his BPL debut Wednesday but ensured in leaving a mark, giving away just 26 runs in his quota of four overs, and taking a wicket.

“I saw Mugdho few days back. He is quite quick. Rana also bowled well. Overall I think we are enriching our pace strength. It is better for our cricket if we have healthy competition among them,” said Mahmudullah to the media at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Thursday.

“The wicket that we have played on in Dhaka and here [Chittagong] are of international standard. The bowlers got good help and of course the wickets have been very good for batsmen. The pitches are good opportunity for the bowlers. The batsmen need to have good skill playing in these tracks and I think the bowlers will develop their skill well,” the Chattogram captain added.

Veteran right-arm pacer Mashrafe echoed a similar sentiment, emphasizing on the need for proper guidance, and said they should not be brought prematurely in the national fold.  

“Talking about the pace bowlers I think it’s their grooming period. I have seen a new bowler Mugdho, along with a few of our bowlers, who have potential to bowl at 135kmph. I think it’s important to have good plans for them, but it’s not like they will be picked for the national team now. Not just in  T20Is but also Tests, they should not just get picked and later dropped after not being able to play well in two-three matches. If these young players are kept under proper guidance I think they will be able to give long time service,” Dhaka Platoon captain Mashrafe explained.

Speaking of the wickets, Mashrafe said the pitches prepared for the BBPL will stand the Tigers in good stead ahead of the World T20I in Australia next year.

“The wicket in Dhaka this time was good. I think the challenges such wickets offer will work in international cricket. The World T20I, which will take place in Australia, you must have enough options in bowling as the wickets there will be flat. So, the more we can increase options there will be more chances for our bowlers to do well there,” said Mashrafe.

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