Bangladesh Cricket League
Bowlers dominated both the first round matches of the Bangladesh Premier League but the four-day format first-class tournament was marred by a covid-19 controversy in the opening day on Sunday.
Despite a green-top pitch at the Shaheed Kamaruzzaman Stadium at Rajshahi, national team spinners Nasum Ahmed and Mehedi Hasan picked up five wickets each for BCCB South Zone to bundle out the Islami Bank East Zone for 260.
In the other match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram BCB North Zone got out for just 219 runs as none of their batsmen could reach fifty and combined bowling effort along with two run outs by Walton East Zone caused the debacle.
In reply, Walton finished on 61 without loss at stamps but a controversy occurred before the start of the match. According to the tournament rule players’ sample for Covid test was taken on the night before the match and the results, which came out before the match starts in the morning, showed Walton’s opener Abdul Mazid tested positive. The team however, claimed him fit as a rapid antigen test of the opener came as negative. But, Mazid was not allowed to take part in the game and according to protocol anybody who is found covid positive must undergo isolation for ten days. However, if a player is asymptotic he may join the team in seven days and as per that rule Mazid will be able to take part in the second round that will commence on 19th December if he proves asymptotic.
At Rajshahi Mohammad Ashraful and Imrul Kayes started with a 101-run opening stand before the latter was dislodged by Nasum for 46. Ashraful soon followed him with innings highest 61 and none else could stop the slump. Mahedi got 5/81 while Nasum returned with 5/96.
The openers at Chittagong also made a decent start as Tanzid Hasan Tamim (32) and Parvez Hossain Emon, who scored highest 46, formed a 61-run stand. But like the other match following batters failed to put a big score as medium pacer Robiul Haque got highest three wickets for Walton.