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Second edition of JU 50-ball cricket tournament gets underway

After a year's hiatus, the tournament's 2nd instalment started Friday with enthusiasm amid the chilly weather at the Lalmatia Housing Society School and College ground

Update : 03 Feb 2024, 07:55 AM

Former students of Jahangirnagar University came together on the campus for the second edition of the JU 50-ball cricket tournament, commemorating the university's 50th anniversary.

After a year's hiatus, the tournament's second instalment started Friday with enthusiasm amid the chilly weather at the Lalmatia Housing Society School and College ground in Dhaka.

Jabians, representing various batches, showcased their cricket skills on the pitch, adding a new dimension to the camaraderie and bonding that originated from their alma mater.

The green campus, adorned with memories of golden days, witnessed a fusion of cricket, guitar melodies and diverse songs.

Ali Hayder Al Masum, one of the organizers, said: "I have envisioned tournaments like this involving our university's former students. The support of seniors ensured the success of the last edition after a one-year gap."

Former national cricketer Hasanuzzaman Jhoru, a JU alumnus, shared his thoughts, stating: "Amid personal and professional commitments, I eagerly participate in this tournament. This extraordinary event has the potential to span over a day or two in our cherished ground in Jahangirnagar."

Mizanul Haque, former student and CEO of Partex Beverage Limited, graced the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest.

He expressed admiration for the university's atmosphere and hoped for the continuity of such events, acknowledging the active participation of representatives from different organizations, including Choudhury Mahmud Ali, executive director of the Bhaiya Group, and Subir Ghosh, CEO of Partex Beverage.

Last year's champions, the 31st batch, faced off against the newcomers from the 37th batch in the inaugural match.

The 31st batch set a target of 53 runs after losing six wickets, but the 37th batch chased it down comfortably, winning with nine wickets in hand.

The subsequent match also ended in victory for the second innings team.

The knockout stage is set to unfold on February 21, with the final scheduled for two days later.

Many former students, who are now renowned in various fields, actively participated or joined the event, reflecting the spirit of unity and friendship that defines JU.

Among them, several female former students also took part, either as players or attendees, adding diversity to the celebration.

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