Sumon returns home after attending ICC meeting

Published: Sunday, October 16, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Bangladesh Cricket team captain Habibul Bashar Sumon took no time to rush to the field to appear in a Corporate Cricket League match for ACME Laboratories after arriving from Sydney on Friday morning.

Sumon overcame his long jet lag responding with a 29-ball 26 to help his side to pile up a fighting 216 runs after his side was sent into bat first. Playing as a super sub he hit four fours and two sixes.

The premier batsman of the country missed the first match of the corporate house which ACME lost to Beximco Group by 42 runs and did not want to risk his side being absent from another match that could be vital for their move from the six team Group-B.

Sumon landed at 9am from Sydney after attending the Test captain's meeting on October 12. Considering his team's position in the pre-season tournament and for having some batting practices in the brief competition he wished to play the match defying the long journey.

Talking with the reporters about the ICC meeting, the Bangladesh captain said his pre-assumption proved wrong when he found the other Test captains was not too critical about the Tigers' recent shoddy performances in the international fixtures especially in longer version matches.

"They showed positive attitude about our cricket and inspired me to go forward with the side to cement place in international arena, he said.

The CEO of ICC Malcom Speed also congratulated the Tigers' captain for the stunning victory against Australia in Cardiff, Wales, in June.

Sumon enjoyed the environment of the meeting and previous evening dinner party where most of the cricket stars talked with him.

About the outcome of the captain's discussion he said, "All the captains sorted out the problem of naming the super-sub before the toss and called upon the ICC to amend the rule which the high ups of ICC agreed in principal.

They also discussed the issue of captain's punishment for slow over rate bowling in the meeting which was strongly backed by Australian captain Ricky Ponting, South African Graeme Smith and New Zealander Daniel Vettori.

"Every captains opined that it was a big punishment for a simple mistake, he went on adding that the field restriction and other unavoidable conditions took more time that actually create the problem causing captains headache.

The ICC officials also assured them that in the next ICC meeting, the punishment would be reduced to Level-1 from Level-3 which is termed as big offence and the captains face match suspension and fines.

Sumon said that all the representatives of Test ICC full members except West Indies were present during the meeting.

Besides other regular captains, in the absence of Michael Vaughan, Stephen Fleming and Saurav Ganguly, Andrew Flintoff represented England, Daniel Vettori New Zealand and Rahul Dravid India.

The captains' conference has become an annual get-together at which they discuss issues affecting players and put forward their ideas to the ICC.

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