Suspended Hafeez to skip BPL


Pakistan's spinning allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in international matches after failing another assessment test, cricket's governing body said Thursday.

Hafeez was supposed to feature for the Comilla Victorians this season however, the off-spinner has decided to skip the Bangladesh Premier League and work on his faulty bowling action.

I have decided to not go to Bangladesh to play for the Comilla Victorians and instead I will remain in Lahore and work on my bowling action before taking a biomechanics test again at a ICC accredited laboratory," Hafeez was quoted by as saying by DNA India

"I will focus on why my action has been reported again and sort things out. For me the coming tour to New Zealand and the Pakistan Super League are very important. There is lot of cricket coming up with the national team next year," he added..

The 37-year-old was reported for using suspected banned bowling actions during the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi last month.

The International Cricket Council said subsequent testing at the United Kingdom's Loughborough University showed a majority of Hafeez's deliveries "exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations".


"After an independent assessment the bowling action of Hafeez is found to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect," the ICC said Thursday.

He will still be allowed to play domestic matches if the Pakistan Cricket Board agrees, the ICC said, adding he can apply for a reassessment once he has corrected his action.

Gayle wants to entertain

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle


West Indies master T20 batsman Chris Gayle spoke to reporters at (Bangladesh Cricket Board) BCB Academy Ground and the opener suggested that he wanted to entertain the fans.

The smashing opener said that his intention is always to entertain the fans and his promise would no doubt induce excitement among BPL fans.

“Most time I go out to bat my objective is to entertain the fans. They have spent money and want to be entertained. Sometimes I get into trouble for trying to hit too many sixes. When it comes off, it is brilliant and everyone is happy,” Gayle said.

He wanted the crowd to get excited about his partnership with the other Rangpur opener Brendon McCullum.

“Everyone in Bangladesh want to be entertained by two great entertainers in myself and McCullum. It is going to be fantastic if we can get off to a start, hitting a lot of boundaries and get the crowd excited.”

BPL crowd would certainly love to see the powerful batting of these two big hitters when they take the field for Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s Rangpur Riders.


“We know how destructive Brendon McCullum is. It is a privilege to open the batting with him again. We opened together way back in the IPL. Now we are joining forces together again. It is new for both of us to come in and go for a blast but we have experience. The expectation is high on us to deliver. We want to try our best and win the game tomorrow.”

The duo has such mammoth expectations to see off that at times they might get into a competition of their own. However, Gayle suggests that game plan comes first. “We are both thinking the same. We have to work on our game plan. There’s nothing to prove between me and McCullum.

“Normally I don’t plan on the number of sixes in a competition. Hopefully I get off to a good start tomorrow and maybe set the momentum for the tournament.

Both Gayle and McCullum are set to feature in Rangpur's match aginst Comilla Victorians on Saturday, 18th November.

Two NOC restriction not a big problem, says Mashrafe

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza attends an anti-narcotics programme at the city's Prottoy Medical Hospital. Photo: Rafiul Islam


Bangladesh’s ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza attended an anti-narcotics programme at the city's Prottoy Medical Hospital today and he said that BCB’s decision to restrict the players to two NOCs per year should not be a big problem for the cricketers.

Mashrafe also talked about coach appointment and Chandika Hathurusingha’s situation.

The Bangladesh captain suggested that every Bangladesh player wants to play for the country and the decision should not pose any big problem for the cricketers who want to play in overseas leagues.

Asked about why BCB were implementing such a rule, Mashrafe said that there is room for discussion when it comes to such matters.

“There is always room for dialogue. I feel that through discussion any potential problem can be solved.

“In fact I once heard that the rule was going to be implemented internationally, where cricketers cannot play in more than two overseas leagues.”


When asked about his opinion on whether a Bangladesh local coach will be appointed as head coach of the national team, Mashrafe said: “I don’t know for sure if a coach from Bangladesh will be appointed but if it happens then we will carry on as expected.”

He suggested that it’s the players job to go out onto the field and play cricket. He talked about playing under Khaled Mahmud Shujon and reiterated that the players will adapt to any decision that BCB takes.

 He reminded that Hathurusingha’s resignation is not final yet.

“I have said this before that it’s not confirmed yet whether Hathurusingha will stay or leave. He is supposed to come here and discuss and if he wants to stay then it would be the end of discussion.

“We are under the BCB and the players will accept any decision that the BCB takes regarding coach appointment.”

Jayed, Ariful deliver easy win

Young pace bowler Abu Jayed had a field day in the Bangladesh Premier League at Mirpur yesterday. Opening the bowling for Khulna Titans, he picked up four wickets including two in his first over against Chittagong Vikings. Photo: Firoz Ahmed


With all the focus on the lack of performance from Bangladeshi players in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League, Khulna Titans bucked the trend as they rode on career-best performances from locals Ariful Haque and Abu Jayed to clinch an 18-run win over Chittagong Vikings at the Sher-e-Bangla National stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Ariful, whose previous best score in T20s was 33, went on to score a hurricane 25-ball 40 as Khulna added 48 runs in the last three overs, which Chittagong skipper Misbahul Haq identified as the difference-maker,  to post 170 for seven. With the ball, pacer Jayed surpassed his previous best bowling figures of three for 20 with a haul of four for 35 from four overs as the Vikings were restricted to 152 for seven.

Khulna are looking strong with two wins from three games, while Vikings lost their second game in a row and will have to lift their standards as the tournament progresses.

Right-arm pacer Jayed picked up consecutive wickets in the very first over, removing in-form Kiwi opener Luke Ronchi (2) off the third ball, before fellow opener Soumya Sarkar followed without troubling the scorers to leave the team on two for two.

The Vikings were never able to recover after that; Zimbabwean Sikandar Raza's 27-ball 37 with three fours and two sixes was the highest scorer while Misbah added 30 off 37, but it was not enough to stay abreast of the asking rate.


Earlier, after being asked to bat Khulna lost Chadrick Walton (5), Michael Klinger (2) and Nazmul Hossain (9) early and were struggling on 29 for three inside five overs.

Skipper Mahmudullah and South African Rilee Rossouw then started the rebuilding process and added 39 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was dismissed after scoring 25 off 26, caught at deep square leg off the bowling of pacer Taskin Ahmed.

But Khulna started to build momentum after Ariful's arrival to the crease; the 24-year-old launched a straight six over leg spinner Tanbir Hayder's head in the 15th over.

Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad, who held the innings together from one end, departed after Anamul Haque took a brilliant catch at point off Taskin, diving in front to dismiss the batsman for 40 off 33 balls with two fours and two sixes.

Ariful then took on leg-spinner Tanbir, hammering three sixes and a four to take 24 runs off the 18th over. Meanwhile, West Indian big hitter Carlos Brathwaite, who opened his account with a slap over long on for a six off Taskin, scored a quickfire 14 ball 30 which included three sixes and two fours.

Taskin picked up four wickets but conceded 43 runs from his four overs while Sunzamul took two wickets for Chittagong. 

Mominul fifty guides Rajshahi to 8-wicket win

Mominul Haque

Mominul Haque of Rajshahi Kings scored a sublime unbeaten 63 to propel his side to an eight-wicket win against Rangpur Riders in a Bangladesh Premier League game at Mirpur today. Photo: Firoz Ahmed


Mominul Haque hit a fluent unbeaten fifty to guide Rajshahi Kings to a thumping 8-wicket victory against Rangpur Riders in the first game of Bangladesh Premier League’s Dhaka-leg at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

Bracketed as a Test batsman, the left-hander struck 63 of 44 balls as Rajshahi chased down Rangpur’s modest 134-5 with 3.2 overs to spare. Mominul, who last played a T20I for Bangladesh more than three years ago, was actually the aggressor of the two openers. He completed his fifty in style, hitting Sri Lanka’s pacer Lasith Malinga for a six over mid-on. The pocket-size batsman struck four fours and three sixes. West Indies opener Lendl Simmons, who featured in a fantastic 122-run opening stand, scored a 50-ball 53 that contained five boundaries and a six.  

It was Rajshahi’s first win after two defeats in the opening leg at Sylhet. The win exacted a sweet revenge against Rangpur.

Interestingly, Mominul was the first Bangladesh batsman to have scored a fifty in the on-going fifth edition of the BPL dominated by the foreign exports so far.   

Earlier, Ravi Bopara hit an unbeaten half-century as Rangpur Riders recover from a jittery start to post 134-5.

The England all-rounder struck a 51-ball 54 after his captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and elected to bat. The right-hander, who scored an unbeaten 39 when his side beat Rajshahi in the first leg in Sylhet, hit three fours and a couple of sixes this time.


Bopara apart, Shariar Nafees scored a 31-ball 23 and Ziaur Rahman 11 not out. Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan, who struck early in the Rangpur innings, finished with fantastic figures of 19-1 in his four overs. Experienced pace bowler Forhad Reza took two wickets for 28 runs.

Rangpur made two changes to their side, with Adam Lyth and Abdur Razzak replacing Samiullah Shenwari and Sohag Gazi. Rajshahi made four changes, bringing in Mohammad Sami, Nihaduzzaman, Lendl Simmons and Malcolm Waller for Hossain Ali and Samit Patel, and the injured pair of Luke Wright and Darren Sammy. Mushfiqur Rahim is leading Rajshahi in Sammy's absence.