Bangla announce new contracts for players

Published: Monday, May 7, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Just three days before the home series against India, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has given due recognition to its players for their recent performance in the Caribbean World Cup by renewing their contracts for another six months and awarding a rookie contract to opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.

Largely seen as an incentive for a better performance against the Indians in the upcoming series, the sops were announced here last night.

The BCB sources said those benefited from the six months' contract would be Tushar Imran, Shahdat Hossain, Abdur Razak, Syed Rasel, Enam-ul-Haque, Nazimul Hossain and Tapash Baisya. The new contract would be from April one to September 30, 2007 with retrospective effect.

The board also decided to renew the rookie contracts of young wicket-keeper batsman Mushafiqur Rahim, all-rounder Shakib-ul Hasan, Farhad Reza and Mehrab Hossain.

Dashing left hand opener Tamim Iqbal, who continues to be in fine form, was awarded a rookie contract for the same period for his impressive show in the World Cup 2007 in West Indies.

In Sunday's warm up match Tamim hit a blistering 49 to show he has not lost any of the fire that tore the Indian attack to smithereens in Trinidad.

Meanwhile, skipper Habibul Bashar, his deputy Md Ashraful, Shahriar Nafees, Javed Omar, Khaleed Masud, Md Rafique, Rahin Saleh, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Aftab Ahmed were already under a year long contract.

However, speculations are rife that after the home series Bashar could retire from the shorter version of the game. A leader by example he has led Bangladesh cricket to heights which they have never scaled before, but poor form has been a problem off late.

In Sunday's practice match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur, Bashar scored only nine.

Meanwhile, the BCB also renewed the contracts of Alok Kapali and Nafis Iqbal who were presently not a part of the Bangladesh team.

Tigers tone up with match practice: Meanwhile, Bangladesh Tigers are toning themselves up for the home series against the Men in Blue with a practice match which Bangladesh Reds led by skipper Habibul Bashar won by 11 runs.

The Bangladesh ODI side, that has created waves by defeating teams like New Zealand, South Africa and India in the last six months, are determined to carry their good work forward by having enough match practice before the home series begins.

In their practice match on Sunday where the Bangladesh Reds led by Habibul Bashar faced the Bangladesh Green, the former prevailed.

Reds scored 207 in 50 overs losing seven wickets in a low scoring match and bowled out the Greens for 196.

While the major run getters for the Reds were openers Tamim Iqbal (48), who retired with a hamstring cramp, and Javed Omar 46, Aftab Ahmed made a decent 26. Bashar's poor string continued with nine, while Md Ashraful was run out for a duck, one of the three run outs in the red side - something the think tank would look into.

In reply, the Greens were all out in 49 overs with Masraffe Murtaza top-scoring with 49 and Shahriar Nafees scoring 29, being the major contributors.

For the Reds, Shahdat Hossain with three for 51 from 10 overs and Aftab Ahmed three for 28 from eight were the wreckers-in-chief.

While the high point of the practice match was that the openers were in fine form, especially Tamim Iqbal who destroyed the Indian attack in the World Cup, the low was five run outs in two innings which showed lack of understanding.


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