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Disastrous BBPL campaign reflects unhappy Sylhet dressing room

  • Published at 12:08 am January 8th, 2020
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Sylhet Thunder players celebrate during their BBPL match against Cumilla Warriors in Mirpur Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

This is the first time that any team have managed only one win in a season of the BPL T20

Sylhet Thunder Tuesday ended a disastrous Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier Twenty20 campaign with their 11th loss in 12 games, placing them dead last.

This is the first time that any team have managed only one win in a season of the BPL. 

The on-field performance of the side reflected an unhappy dressing room plagued disputes among the team management and suspicions of unethical acts.

Sources said Thunder captain Andre Fletcher met with Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury after the end of their campaign, to report happenings within the team that he felt were not right.

It is understood that Fletcher, who took over as the captain of Sylhet following Mosaddek Hossain’s injury, first contacted a few of his friends in the Bangladesh cricket fraternity as he had been looking for an opportunity to speak to BCB president Nazmul Hasan.

Nizamuddin confirmed news of the meeting with Fletcher, but said the West Indies cricketer had only wished to share his observations of the tournament.

“Fletcher met me and shared his observations on the tournament, the facilities, organization and his experience for the betterment of the tournament in the coming days,” Nizamuddin told the media Tuesday.

Thunder were mired in controversy from the very beginning of the tournament, when the side’s BCB-appointed team director Tanjil Chowdhury, also a BCB director, voiced doubts over the intentions of some players and a team sponsor through interviews in the media.

He had also mentioned that he had argued with the sponsor, Jivani Footwear, over the selection of some players during the players' draft in November last year.

The strong reaction from Tanjil had been triggered by a gigantic wide and no-ball bowled by Thunder’s West Indies seamer Krishmar Santokie on the opening day of the season, against Chattogram Challengers.

Tanjil later toned down his allegations through a social media post, but the BCB Anti-Corruption Unit had already interrogated Santokie over the two suspicious deliveries by then. 

The BCB ACU said they had found no evidence of ill motives in their investigation.

Although suspicions over the wayward deliveries were cleared, the team was then plagued by unusual team selections. 

Allegations of interference in team decisions were raised before quickly being dismissed by the team management, but Thunder never really managed to dispel the cloud of gloom hanging over them.

In their final game of the season, against Cumilla Warriors, Thunder made another unusual decision when left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam was brought in to bowl his first over of the game in the 17th over of the innings. 

Cumilla went on to win the match by five wickets, hitting 34 runs off the last four overs.

35TH MATCH, CWvST

SYLHET THUNDER INNINGS    R    B

Fletcher c Haider b Al-Amin     22    25

Mazid c Yasir b Wiese        45    40

Charles c Ankon b Al-Amin     26    15

Mithun st Ankon b Mujeeb     18    25

Mendis c Yasir b Wiese        23    11

Milon not out            2    2

Gazi not out            2    2

Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 1)        3 

Total (20 Overs)            141/5 

Fall Of Wickets

1-27 (Fletcher), 2-64 (Charles), 3-108 (Mithun), 4-137 (Mendis), 5-137 (Mazid)

Bowling

Sanjamul 3-0-30-0, Haider 3-0-18-0, Mujeeb 4-0-23-1, Al-Amin 4-0-30-2, Soumya 2-0-7-0, Wiese 4-0-31-2

CUMILLA WARRIORS INNINGS    R    B

Tharanga b Nayeem         4    14

Fardeen lbw b Nayeem         1    4

Malan c Gazi b Ebadat         58    49

Ankon c Milon b Nayeem     11    9

Soumya not out            53    30

Wiese b Charles            13    8

Yasir not out            0    1

Extras (b 1, w 1)            2 

Total (19.1 Overs)        142/5 

Fall Of Wickets

1-2 (Fardeen), 2-10 (Tharanga), 3-32 (Ankon), 4-104 (Malan), 5-127 (Wiese)

Bowling

Ebadat 4-0-26-1, Nayeem 4-0-21-3, Gazi 4-0-16-0, Delwar 3-0-35-0, Charles 3.1-0-34-1, Nazmul 1-0-9-0

Cumilla Warriors won by five wickets

MoM: Dawid Malan (CW)