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Default From Toddlers to Early Teens : Bangladesh Doemstic Cricket in 2006

Domestic cricket represents the depth of cricketing strength for any test playing nation. Bangladesh. being the newest member of the test family, is still at a developing phase in terms of domestic cricket. Bangladesh inherited a rich cricketing history as it was initially part of Bengal and then East Pakistan. Dhaka Stadium (Current BNS) hosted test matches during Pakistan era. After gaining independence it took a while to enter into the world cricketing arena. In 1976-77 an MCC side first toured Bangladesh which was followed by unofficial and official tours by different teams of test playing nations. Bangladesh gained associate membership of International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1976 and in 1979 first participated in the ICC trophy. In 1994-95 England became the first test playing nation to send A team to Bangladesh. Bangladesh enjoyed limited success in ICC trophy and against different touring teams yet cricket gained enormous popularity in Bangladesh. Bangladesh finally won 1997 ICC trophy and qualified for the 1999 World Cup for the first time. After a dream 1999 World Cup in which they defeated Pakistan, Bangladesh gained the test status in 2000.

At the time of gaining test status there was no first class cricket league in Bangladesh. Prior to gaining test status, Bangladesh started a national cricket league involving 12 teams which was not a first class tournament. During that time, Dhaka Premier Cricket League which is a limited over tournament was the main cricket competition in the country. Cricket league was played in almost every district town but all were shorter version of the game.

Bangladesh started its maiden first class competition under the name 'National Cricket League' involving six divisional teams (Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet) Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Dhaka Metropolitan team from 2000-2001 session. A national one day (list A) league also started from the same season. From 2001-2002 season, National Cricket League involves six divisional teams. These six teams play each other home and away once in a league.

Roll of Honor of National Cricket League (First Class)
1999-2000 Chittagong (not first class)
2000-01 Biman Bangladesh Airlines
2001-02 Dhaka
2002-03 Khulna
2003-04 Dhaka
2004-05 Dhaka
2005-06 Rajshahi

Roll of Honor of National Cricket League (List A)
2000-01 Bisman Bangladesh Airlines
2001-02 Sylhet
2002-03 Khulna
2003-04 Chittagong
2004-05 Rajshahi
2005-06 Rajshahi

The domestic cricket standard of Bangladesh is yet to reach the standard of test playing nations. Over the last five years Bangladesh made significant improvements in the domestic cricket infrastructure and cricketing standard. With current rate of progress it is expected that Bangladesh domestic cricket will reach its desired standard within 5-6 years.

2006 Review
Bangladesh national team enjoyed a memorable year in 2006 and so did the domestic cricket. In 2006 Bangladesh got 4 international venues accredited by ICC, established first ever National Cricket Academy and entered into the newly built dedicated cricket facility termed as 'Home of Cricket' at Mirpur and finally received huge monetary boost to develop cricket infrastructure through the TV rights deal with nimbus.

2006 was an eventful year for Bangladesh cricket in the domestic arena. From a cricketing point of view, it is difficult to review Bangladesh cricket over a calender year because Bangladesh Domestic Season spans from October to April spanning two calender years. In this review, I tried to summarize all forms of domestic cricket that was played in 2006.

Domestic tournaments in 2006
Following cricket tournaments will be the subject of current review

- Aktel Premier Division Cricket League 2006
- National Cricket League 2005-06
- Corporate Cricket league 2006
- National Cricket League 2006-07 (Half season)
- Kai Altech Premier Division Twenty20 League 2006

Aktel Premier Division Cricket League 2005-06

Jubilant Old DOHS cricketers gives victory lap after retaining the Premier Division League title 2005-06
The Dhaka based limited over competition (50 over) is one of the main attraction of domestic cricket. old DOHS emerged as the new force in the domestic competition from its first appearance in 2004-05 league in which they became Champion. The league started from 12 December 2005 and finished on 04 February 2006.

Following teams participated in the Premier League -
(1) old DOHS Sports Club (2) Abahani Limited (3) Mohammedan Sporting Club (4) Biman Bangladesh Airlines (5) Sonargaon Cricketers (6) Victoria Sporting Club (7) Brothers Union (8) Kalabagan K C (9) City Club (10) Indira Road K C (11) Agrani bank Cricket Club (12) Orient Sporting Club

In a bid to retain the trophy, old DOHS Sports Club made a very strong team blended with experienced player and promising youngsters. Veteran Akram Khan was the captain. The surprise package of the league was the new entrant Sonargaon Cricketers. The star studded team was led initially by Al Shahriar and then by Mohammad Ashraful. All national players featured in the league which increased the intensity of the competition. Notable foreign players were Tatenda Taibu (City Club), Steve Tikolo (old DOHS), Sandeep Sharma (Mohammedan), Zafar Qureshi (Victoria), Tariq Mahmood (kalabagan). Rashed Hanif (Brothers) and Sreedharan Sreeram (Sonargaon).

old DOHS Sports Club, Sonargaon Cricketers, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Brothers Union and Victoria Sporting Club managed to make it to the super sixes. The notable absentee was Abahani Limited. After an intense competition old DOHS beat Biman Bangladesh Airlines in the penultimate match to retain the title. Sonargaon Cricketers came back strongly after a poor start and finished as runner up. Steve Tikolo of old DOHS was the leading run scorer with 867 runs with an impressive average of 57.8.

The Premier League batting records were dominated by the foreign players with the exception of
Al Shahriar (562, Sonargaon Cricketers), Nasiruddin Faruque (539, Victoria Sporting Club), Akram Khan (532, old DOHS Sports Club), Javed Omar (509, Biman Bangladesh Airlines), Manjarul Islam (485, old DOHS Sports Club) and Mohammad Ashraful (481, Sonargaon Cricketers).

With the exception Jaffar Quraishi the bowling records were led by the local boys. Leading wicket takers were Abdur Razzak (40 wickets, old DOHS Sports Club), Jaffar Quraishi (32, Victoria Sporting Club), Mosharraf Hossain (28, Biman Bangladesh Airlines), Waskurni Palash (28, Victoria Sporting Club), Mohammed Rafique (27, Sonargaon Cricketers) and Tapash Baisya (27, Sonargaon Cricketers)

National Cricket League 2005-06
First Class (4 day match) and List A (50 over match)

Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 7th National Cricket League was played in six different venues from 19 November 2005 to 23 March 2006.

Here's the team-wise performance review-

Dhaka Division
2004-05 Position
First Class : Champion
One day : 4th

Squad : Javed Omar (RHB), Rashidul Haque (RHB) Al Sahariar (RHB) Mohammad Ashraful* (Captain,RHB & LB), Sanwar Hossain (RHB & OB), Mehrab Hossain jnr (LHB & SLA), Anwar Hossain+ (RHB, Wkt), Khaled Mahmud (RHB & RM), Mohammad Rafique (LHB & SLA), Shahadat Hossain (RFM), Anwar Hossain Monir (RMF), Talha Jubair (RMF), Mahmudullah Riyad (RHB), Arafat Sunny (SLA, )Mosharraf Hossain (SLA), Mohammad Sharif (RMF), Sajjad Kadir (RHB, Wkt), Mahbubul Alam (RMF), Kamrul Islam (RMF)

Ground: Fatullah Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium, Dhaka

2005-06 Position
First Class : 4th
One day : Runner up

Leading run scorer
First Class: Al Shariar (593 runs @ 39.53), Mahmudullah (425 runs @ 35.41), Javed Omar (376 runs @ 94.00)
One Day : Uttam Sarkar (346 runs @ 49.42), Al Shahriar (192 runs @ 19.20)

Leading wicket taker
First Class : Talha Jubair (28 wickets @ 19.46), Mohammad Rafique (21 wickets @ 17.00), Mohammad Sharif (21 wickets @ 30.47)
One Day : Mohammad Sharif (26 wickets @ 26.73), Mehrab Hossain Jnr. (11 wickets @ 13.00)

Chittagong Division
2004-05 Position
First Class : 4th
One day : 5th

Squad : Nafees Iqbal (RHB), Gazi Salahuddin (RHB), Nazimuddin (RHB), Aftab Ahmed (RHB), Akram Khan* (Captain, RHB), Faisal Hossain (27, LHB), Shabbir Khan (RHB, OB), Dhiman Ghosh+ (Wkt), Elias Sunny (SLA), Tareq Aziz (RMF), Gazi Alamgir (RMF), Masumud Dowla (RHB), Waiskarani Palash (RFM), Waseluddin Ahmed (19, RMF), Yasin Arafat (SLA), Saju Datta, Mohammed Rabbi, Habib Mubalik (RMF), Niaz Morshed (RHB, OB)

Ground: Chittagong Divisional Stadium

2005-06 Position
First Class : Runner up
One day : 3rd

Leading run scorer
First Class: Ehsanul haque (955 runs @ 59.68), Gazi Salahuddin (628 runs @ 41.26)
One Day : Faisal Hossain (423 runs @ 60.42), Ehsanul Haque (249 runs @ 27.66)

Leading wicket taker
First Class : Yasin Arafat (50 wickets @ 27.18), Elias Sunny (31 wickets @ 23.45)
One Day : Yasin Arafat (18 wickets @ 22.33), Faisal Hossain (11 wickets @ 13.27)

Rajshahi Division

2004-05 Position
First Class : Runner up
One day : Champion

Squad : Jahurul Islam (RHB), Nuruzzaman (RHB, RMF), Farhad Reza (RHB, RMF), Naeem Islam (RHB, OB), Hasanuzzaman (RHB), Mushfiqur Rahman (RHB, RMF), Khaled Mashud+ (Captain, Wkt), Alamgir Kabir (RMF), Shafaq Al Zabir (LMF), Mohammad Shahzada (RFM), Saifullah Khan (SLA), Anisur Rahman (RHB), Shamimul Haque (Wkt), Kamrul Islam (RHB, OB), Rezwanul Islam (OB), Moniruzzaman (RHB)
Sumon Saha (RMF), Rafiqul Islam (RHB)

Ground: Rajshahi Divisional Stadium

2005-06 Position
First Class : Champion
One day : Champion

Leading run scorer
First Class: Naeem Islam (559 runs @ 39.92), Farhad Hossain (515 runs @ 32.18)
One Day : Naeem Islam (320 runs @ 45.71), Jahurul islam (199 runs @ 39.80)

Leading wicket taker
First Class : Mushfiqur Rahman (39 wickets @ 18.64), Shafaq Al Zabir (25 wickets @ 20.04)
One Day : Shafaq Al Zabir (19 wickets @ 10.78), Kamrul Hasan (14 wickets @ 16.92)

Khulna Division
2004-05 Position
First Class : 3rd
One day : 3rd

Squad : Saghir Hossain (RHB, Wkt), Sajjidul Hasan (RHB), Tushar Imran (RHB), Habibul Bashar (Captain, RHB), Hasanuzzaman (RHB, RM), Jamaluddin Ahmed (OB), Manjural Islam Rana (LHB, SLA), Abdur Razzak (SLA), Mashrafe Mortaza (RFM), Syed Rasel (LMF), Manjural Islam (LMF), Monirul Islam (RHB), Shafiul Alam (RHB, OB), Ziaur Rahman (RMF), Al Amin (RMF), Debabrata Barua (RMF), Rezaul Islam
Shamsur Rahman (RHB)

Ground: Khulna Divisional Stadium

2005-06 Position
First Class : 6th
One day : 6th

Leading run scorer
First Class: Nazmus Sadat (661 runs @ 55.08), Saghir Hossain (615 runs @ 32.36)
One Day : Nazmus Sadat (233 runs @ 38.83), Sajjadul Hasan (227 runs @ 32.42)

Leading wicket taker
First Class : Ziaur Rahman (30 wickets @ 25.66), Jamaluddin Babu (23 wickets @ 21.34)
One Day : Ziaur Rahman (12 wickets @ 22.41), Nazmus Sadat (12 wickets @ 18.58)

Sylhet Division
2004-05 Position
First Class : 6th
One day : 2nd

Squad :
Golam Rahman (LHB), Moniruzzaman (RHB), Sadiqur Rahman (RHB, OB), Rajin Saleh* (Captain,RHB, OB), Alok Kapali (RHB, LB), Golam Mabud+ (Wkt), Golam Mawla (RHB), Tapash Baisya (RFM), Rezaul Haque (LMF), Nazmul Hossain (RMF), Enamul Haque jnr (SLA), Hasibul Hossain (RMF), Ejaj Ahmed, Zakwan Ahmed, Rana Miah (RHB), Imtiaz Hossain (RHB), Ashiqur Rahman (RHB), Junaid Siddique (LHB), Golam Mortaza (Wkt)

Ground: Sylhet Divisional Stadium

2005-06 Position
First Class : 5th
One day : 4th

Leading run scorer
First Class: Golam Mabud (721 runs @ 37.94), Imtiaz Hossain (550 runs @ 30.55)
One Day : Golam Rahman (233 runs @ 38.83), Imtiaz Hossain (245 runs @ 30.62)

Leading wicket taker
First Class : Hasibul Hossain (57 wickets @ 16.00), Enamul Haque (22 wickets @ 28.90)
One Day : Hasibul Hossain (17 wickets @ 24.82), Nabil Samad (11 wickets @ 11.27)

Barisal Division
2004-05 Position
First Class : 5th
One day : 6th

Squad : Imran Ahmed (RHB, OB), Shahriar Nafees (LHB), Hannan Sarkar (RHB), Shahriar Hossain (RHB), Shahin Hossain (Wkt), Prosenjit Bose (RHB), Towhid Hossain (RHB, LB), Nadif Chowdhury (RHB, SLA), Tariqul Islam (OB), Anisur Rahman (LMF), Ishraq Sonet (RMF), Nasiruddin Faruque (RHB), Raquibul Hasan (RHB), Humayun Kabir (RMF), Ali Arman (RHB ?), Arif Hossain (18, Ashikul Islam, Golam Rabbani, Sajid Islam, Arafat Salahuddin (all rounder)

Ground: Abdur Rab Serniabat Stadium, Barisal

2005-06 Position
First Class : 3rd
One day : 5th

Leading run scorer
First Class: Imran Ahmed (589 runs @ 34.64), Nasiruddin Faruque (510 runs @ 46.36)
One Day : Imran Ahmed (302 runs @ 30.20), Hannan Sarkar (238 runs @ 23.80)

Leading wicket taker
First Class : Arafat Salahuddin (34 wickets @ 20.64), Sajidul Islam (22 wickets @ 30.72)
One Day : Arafat Salahuddin (13 wickets @ 20.15), Monir Hossain (10 wickets @ 24.80)

Rajshahi earned a unique double ( both one-day and first-class champions) in National Cricket League 2005-2006

Now its time to see the glimpses of performances in the National Cricket league 2005-2006

Highlights of the National Cricket League 2005-06 (First Class)

Highest Team Total
579 Chittagong v Sylhet Dhaka

Highest Individual Scores
198 Tushar Imran Khulna v Dhaka Dhaka
196 Mehrab Hossain jnr Dhaka v Barisal Barisal
180 Faisal Hossain Chittagong v Khulna Khulna
159 Kamrul Islam Dhaka v Khulna Dhaka
156 Alok Kapali Sylhet v Chittagong Chittagong
151 Javed Omar Dhaka v Barisal Dhaka
151 Nazmus Sadat Khulna v Rajshahi Rajshahi

Highest Partnerships for Each Wicket
1st 203 Uttam Sarkar/Anwar Hossain Dhaka v Khulna Dhaka
203 Masumud Dowla/Nafees Iqbal Chittagong v Barisal Dhaka
2nd 195 Tamim Iqbal/Gazi Salahuddin Chittagong v Sylhet Dhaka
3rd 140 Nazmus Sadat/Saghir Hossain Khulna v Chittagong Khulna
4th 195 Anisur Rahman/Hasanuzzaman Rajshahi v Barisal Rajshahi
5th 151 Ehsanul Haque/Waseluddin Ahmed Chittagong v Sylhet Chittagong
6th 148 Faisal Hossain/Dhiman Ghosh Chittagong v Dhaka Dhaka
7th 185 Mehrab Hossain jnr/Sajjad Kadir Dhaka v Barisal Barisal
8th 128 Mahmudullah/Khaled Mahmud Dhaka v Chittagong Dhaka
9th 138 Tushar Imran/Ziaur Rahman Khulna v Dhaka Dhaka
10th 85 Khaled Mahmud/Anwar Hossain Dhaka v Chittagong Dhaka

Best Innings Bowling Figures (Qualification 6 wickets)
8-67 Jamaluddin Ahmed Khulna v Barisal Khulna
7-81 Shabbir Khan Chittagong v Sylhet Dhaka
6-46 Ashiqur Rahman Sylhet v Dhaka Dhaka
6-56 Yasin Arafat Chittagong v Sylhet Dhaka
6-62 Hasibul Hossain Sylhet v Rajshahi Rajshahi
6-62 Abul Bashar Barisal v Chittagong Barisal
6-90 Marshall Ayub Barisal v Sylhet Barisal
6-117 Monirul Islam Sylhet v Chittagong Dhaka

Best Match Bowling Figures(Qualification 10 wickets)
10-112 Jamaluddin Ahmed Khulna v Barisal Khulna
10-111 Hasibul Hossain Sylhet v Khulna Khulna
10-136 Hasibul Hossain Sylhet v Khulna Rajshahi

Most Dismissals in an Innings (Wicket Keeper)
8 Golam Mabud Dhaka v Sylhet Dhaka

Most dismissal in an Innings (non wicketkeeper)
4 Anwar Hossain Chittagong v Dhaka Dhaka

Leading run scorers (qualification 300 runs, average 30.00)
Matches Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
Javed Omar (D) 2 4 0 376 151 94.00 2 1
Mehrab Hossain jnr (D) 3 6 1 399 196 79.80 1 2
Tamim Iqbal (C) 4 7 1 469 118 78.16 2 2
Ehsanul Haque (C) 10 17 1 955 138 59.68 2 8
Nazmus Sadat (K) 6 12 0 661 151 55.08 2 3
Faisal Hossain (C) 8 12 0 582 180 48.50 1 4
Nasiruddin Faruque (B) 8 14 3 510 101 46.36 1 4
Waseluddin Ahmed (C) 6 9 1 370 74 46.25 0 2
Hannan Sarkar (B) 10 18 1 719 121 42.29 1 5
Gazi Salahuddin (C) 8 15 0 628 115 41.86 1 4
Naeem Islam (R) 10 16 2 559 102 39.53 1 4
Al Sahariar (D) 8 15 0 593 102 39.53 1 5
Nafees Iqbal 6 12 0 474 130 39.50 2 2
Nadif Chowdhury (B) 7 10 1 346 57 38.44 0 1
Nazimuddin (C) 9 17 2 573 104 38.20 1 4
Golam Mabud (S) 10 20 1 721 122 37.94 1 4
Golam Rahman (S) 8 16 2 523 88 37.35 0 4
Mahmudullah (D) 7 14 2 425 70 35.41 0 4
Humayun Kabir (D) 8 13 2 284 66 34.90 0 4
Tushar Imran (K) 7 12 0 316 198 34.66 1 1
Imran Ahmed (B) 10 18 1 598 85 34.64 0 4
Marshall Ayub (B) 8 12 2 336 107 33.60 1 2
Uttam Sarkar (D) 7 14 0 458 93 32.71 0 4
Saghir Hossain (K) 10 20 1 615 101 32.36 1 4
Farhad Hossain (R) 10 18 2 515 71 32.18 0 3
Kamrul Islam (D) 7 14 1 417 159 32.07 1 1
Imtiaz Hossain (S) 9 18 0 550 114 30.55 1 2
Jamaluddin Ahmed (K) 8 15 4 330 65* 30.00 0 2

Leading wicket takers (qualifications 10 wickets, average 30.00)
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM
Hasibul Hossain (S) 1851 66 912 57 6-62 16.00 7 2
Mohammad Rafique (D) 949 51 357 21 5-113 17.00 1 0
Kamrul Hasan (R) 654 31 237 13 3-29 18.23 0 0
Mushfiqur Rahman (R) 1338 47 727 39 5-40 18.64 2 0
Ashiqur Rahman (S) 824 31 355 19 6-46 18.68 1 0
Shabbir Khan (C) 896 30 443 23 7-81 19.26 2 0
Talha Jubair (D) 1110 47 545 28 5-83 19.46 1 0
Nazmul Hossain (S) 801 25 378 19 5-30 19.89 1 0
Shafaq Al Zabir (R) 958 32 501 25 5-43 20.04 1 0
Arafat Salahuddin (B) 1695 93 702 34 5-27 20.64 1 0
Jamaluddin Ahmed (K) 1213 44 491 23 8-67 21.34 2 1
Anisur Rahman (B) 459 20 239 11 3-16 21.72 0 0
Marshall Ayub (D) 983 29 474 21 6-90 22.57 1 0
Elias Sunny (C) 1307 37 727 31 5-46 23.45 2 0
Alamgir Kabir (R) 1169 44 587 24 5-56 24.45 1 0
Farhad Hossain (R) 1174 38 530 21 4-50 25.23 0 0
Ziaur Rahman (K) 1573 63 770 30 5-82 25.66 2 0
Manjural Islam (K) 528 21 258 10 4-24 25.80 0 0
Mohammad Ashraful (D) 481 12 295 11 5-137 26.81 1 0
Suhrawadi Shuvo (R) 820 28 403 15 4-80 26.86 0 0
Monir Hossain (B) 1103 38 516 19 5-74 27.15 1 0
Yasin Arafat (C) 2855 99 1359 50 6-56 27.17 2 0
Mohammad Shahzada (R) 795 35 382 14 5-81 27.28 1 0
Enamul Haque jnr (S) 1348 42 636 22 5-75 28.90 1 0
Humayun Kabir (K) 391 6 295 10 5-117 29.50 1

Highlights of the National Cricket League 2005-2006 (one day tournament)

Highest Team Total
316 Sylhet v Khulna Rajshahi
302 Barisal v Sylhet Barisal
300 Chittagong v Barisal Dhaka

Highest Individual Scores
124 Uttam Sarkar Dhaka v Khulna Dhaka
106* Sajjadul Hasan Khulna v Sylhet Rajshahi
100* Rajin Saleh Sylhet v Chittagong Chittagong

Highest Partnership for Each Wicket
1st 199 Uttam Sarkar/Anwar Hossain Dhaka v Khulna Dhaka
2nd 172 Rajin Saleh/Moniruzzaman Sylhet v Chittagong Chittagong
3rd 110* Rashidul Haque/Mohammad AshrafulDhaka v Sylhet Dhaka
4th 134* Ehsanul Haque/Faisal Hossain Chittagong v Khulna Chittagong
5th 155 Faisal Hossain/Dhiman Ghosh Chittagong v Rajshahi Rajshahi
6th 105 Sajjadul Hasan/Ziaur Rahman Khulna v Sylhet Rajshahi
7th 93 Manjural Islam/Mohammad Salim Khulna v Barisal Khulna
8th 124 Sajjad Kador/Mosharraf Hossain Dhaka v Chittagong Dhaka
9th 38 Arafat Salahuddin/Shahin HossainBarisal v Khulna Khulna
10th 60 Yasin Arafat/Gazi Alamgir Chittagong v Dhaka Dhaka

Best Innings Bowling Figures (qualification 5 wickets)
5-21 Mohammad Sharif Dhaka v Sylhet Dhaka
5-24 Ziaur Rahman Khulna v Sylhet Khulna
5-24 Shafaq Al Zabir Rajshahi v Khulna Rajshahi
5-29 Mohammad Sharif Dhaka v Khulna Dhaka
5-32 Nabil Samad Sylhet v Chittagong Dhaka
5-41 Hasibul Hossain Sylhet v Barisal Barisal

Batting Averages (qualifications 200 runs, average 30.00)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
Faisal Hossain (C) 10 10 3 423 82 60.42 0 5
Uttam Sarkar (D) 7 7 0 346 124 49.42 1 2
Naeem Islam (R) 19 19 3 320 65 45.71 0 2
Dhiman Ghosh (C) 6 6 0 243 76 40.50 0 1
Golam Rahman (S) 6 6 0 244 77 38.73 0 2
Nazmus Sadat (K) 6 6 0 233 98 38.83 0 3
Sajjadul Hasan (K) 9 8 1 227 106* 32.42 1 1
Nazimuddin (C) 8 8 0 249 93 31.12 0 2
Imtiaz Hossain (S) 8 8 0 245 76 30.62 0 2
Imran Ahmed (B) 10 10 0 302 94 30.20 0 3

Bowling Averages (qualifications 10 wickets, average 30.00)
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI SR ECON
Shafaq Al Zabir (R) 462 15 205 19 5-24 10.78 0 1 24.31 2.66
Nabil Samad (S) 202 2 124 11 5-32 11.27 0 1 18.36 3.68
Mehrab Hossain jnr (D) 217 2 143 11 4-37 13.00 1 0 19.72 3.95
Faisal Hossain (C) 183 0 146 11 4-25 13.27 2 0 16.63 4.78
Mohammad Sharif (D) 524 10 257 26 5-21 13.73 1 2 20.15 4.08
Kamrul Hasan (R) 415 2 237 14 4-34 16.92 1 0 29.64 3.42
Mushfiqur Rahman (R) 381 4 242 14 4-30 17.35 1 0 27.21 3.82
Nazmus Sadat (K) 264 2 223 12 4-59 18.58 1 0 22.00 5.06
Arafat Salahuddin (B) 492 11 262 13 3-11 20.15 0 0 37.84 3.19
Yasin Arafat (C) 582 4 402 18 3-27 22.33 0 0 32.33 4.14
Ziaur Rahman (K) 396 7 269 12 5-24 22.41 0 1 33.00 4.07
Farhad Hossain (R) 370 0 262 11 4-22 23.81 1 0 33.63 4.24
Monir Hossain (B) 331 4 248 10 3-35 24.80 0 0 33.10 4.49
Rezaul Haque (S) 385 7 273 11 4-19 24.81 2 0 35.00 4.25
Hasibul Hossain (S) 544 8 422 17 5-41 24.82 0 1 32.00 4.65

National Cricket League 2006-07 (Half season review)
The first leg of the National Cricket League 2006-07 held from 9 November 2006 to 9 December 2006. National selectors declared squads for the divisional teams on November 4. There were few changes for each division from their previous squad for NCL 2005-06 due to emergence of some young cricketers in the national fold. It will again resume in February 2007 after completion of Premier Division Cricket League.

1. Rajshahi Division
Current Standing : 1st (P 5 W 3 L 0 D 2 PTS 22)

Squad : Naeem Islam, Zahirul Islam, Hasanuzzaman, Farhad Hossain, Anisur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahman, Rezaul Islam, Zunaid Siddeque, Shafaq Al-Jaber, Mohammad Shahajada, Alamgir Kabir, Sumon Saha, Sohrawardi Shuvo, Arif Hossain, Arif Reza, Mohammad Nirala, Mahbub Alam Mustaquim, Rafiqul Islam, Khaled Mashud, Forhad Reza and Mushfiqur Rahim. Coach: Wahidul Gani.

With youngsters contributing Rajshai is well placed after first leg to retain the title. Rajshahi won 3 out of five matches with the two draws came against Khulna in the rain-affected opening round and in the title challenging clash with Dhaka. In case of batting, Naeem Islam is as consistent as previous NCL and is showing his worth, Jahurul Islam continues to impress, and Junaid Siddique batted tremendously well against Khulna with a superb unbeaten hundred to ensure victory. National players from Rajshahi has not yet performed as per expectation, neither Farhad Reza nor Mushfiqur Rahim had a poor run in the first round. Mohammad Shahzada has been the undisputed star of the league so far, while Suhrawadi Shuyvo has provided useful support with his slow-left arm.

Leading run scorer: Naeem Islam (306 runs @ 43.71, 2x50, 1x100), Jahurul Islam (269 runs @89.66, 2x100), Junaid Siddique (252 runs @ 84.00, 1x100, 1x50).

Leading wicket taker: Mohammad Shahzada (31 wickets @ 14.03, 2x5i, 1x10m), Suhrawadi Shuvo (15 wickets @ 13.26, 2x5i), Mushfiqur Rahman (13 wickets @ 25.84, 1x5i).

2. Dhaka Division
Current Standing : 2nd (P 5 W 2 L 1 D 2 PTS 20)

Squad : Al Shahriar, Uttam Kumar, Nadif Chowdhury, Marshal Ayub, Shamsur Rahman, Arafat Sunny, Sajjad Kabir, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosharaf Hossain, Mohammad Sharif, Talha Jubair, Mohammad Azam, Anwar Hossain Monir, Mohammad Shakil, Zabid Hossain, Javed Omar, Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Rafique, Mehrab Hossain Jr, Shahadat Hossain, Anwar Hossain, Rezaul Islam, Mahbubul Alam. Coach: Sarwar Imran.

This year Dhaka is blessed with two brilliant innings from Mohammad Ashraful including 263 against Chittagong which helped them picking early wins. But they could not maintain their form and slumped to defeat against Sylhet in the last round. Their two wins came against Barisal and Chittagong. Masrhall Ayub is showing his brilliance and is a future for Bangladesh cricket. Another SLA Mosharraf Hossain is taking big wickets and Dhaka is well balanced when they are not getting the service of Mohammad Rafiq.

Leading run scorer: Mohammad Ashraful (417 runs @ 83.40, 2x100), Marshall Ayub (353 runs @ 44.12, 1x100, 1x50).

Leading wicket taker: Mohammad Sharif (24 wickets @ 19.70, 2x5i, 1x10m), Mosharraf Hossain (20 wickets @ 19.90, 1x5i), Mohammad Rafique (10 wickets @ 14.6).

3. Chittagong Division
Current Standing : 3rd (P 5 W 0 L 1 D 4 PTS 14)

Squad : Ehsanul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Nazimuddin, Gazi Salahudiin, Faisal Hossain, Sabbir Khan, Dhiman Ghosh, Nadimuddin Mintu, Tareq Aziz Khan, Gazi Alamgir, Kamrul Islam, Ilias Sunny, Sadid Khan, Ashiqur Rahman, Nafis Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Debbroto Paul, Saju Dutta, Raihanuddin Arafat and Mahmudul Hassan. Coach: Minhazul Abedin.

Chittagong made a quiet start in the current NCL. They were frustrated in couple of occasions by weather and once by the mighty innings of 263 by Mohammad Ashraful. From a comfortable position against Barisal when they were 68/5, Arafat Salahuddin and Shahin Hossain batted out the day to frustrate them. Gazi Salahuddin is continuing his run feast and young Tamim Iqbal is showing some signs of consistency. Bowling is indifferent and that's why they failed to win a single match. Sabbir Khan is the work horse for them and taking wickets.

Leading run scorer : Gazi Salahuddin (384 runs @ 42.66, 1x100, 2x50), Faisal Hossain (311 runs @ 44.62, 1x100, 1x50), Tamim Iqbal (286 runs @ 31.77, 3x50), Ehsanul Haque (278 runs @ 30.88, 1x100, 1x50).

Leading wicket taker : Shabbir Khan (29 wickets @ 22.55, 3x5i, 1x10m), Tareq Aziz (13 wickets @ 35.53).

4. Sylhet Division
Current Standing : 4th (P 5 W 1 L 1 D 3 PTS 12)

Squad :Golam Rahman, Imtiaz Hossain, Ejaj Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Golam Mowla, Golam Mabud, Sirajullah Khadem, Mohammad Rana, Ahmed Saqiqur Rahman, Rezaul Haque, Hasibul Hossain, Zakwan Ahmed, Enamul Haque (Jr.), Nazmul Hossain, Nabil Samad, Saif Mahmud, Moniruzzaman, Mitun Ali, Rajin Saleh and Tapash Baisya. Coach: Golam Faruk Suru.

Sylhet started the season with two consecutive draws against Chittagong but failed to cope with Impressive Mohmmad Shahjada against Rajshahi and conceded the match. In the next round sylhet earned their solitary but memorable win against Dhaka with a team performance. Thanks to centuries for Rajin Saleh and Alok Kapali and wickets from very impressive looking Nabil Samad. Rajin Saleh and Alok Kapali are scoring runs to regain their place in the national side while young Imtiaz Hossain is showing some promise. This year Sylhet i witnessing the revolution of Tapash Baisya as an all-rounder.

Leading run scorer : Rajin Saleh (334 runs @ 47.71, 1x100, 2x50), Golam Mabud (322 runs @ 35.77, 1x100, 2x50), Imtiaz Hossain (318 runs @ 31.80, 1x50), Alok Kapali (298 runs @ 33.11, 1x100).

Leading wicket taker : Nabil Samad (17 wickets @ 20.70, 2x5i), Hasibul Hossain (12 wickets @ 32.83), Alok Kapali (11wickets @ 28.81).

5. Khulna Division
Current Standing : 5th (P 5 W 0 L 2 D 3 PTS 10)

Squad : Nazmus Sadat, Sajjadul Hasan, Salauddin Ujjal, Shafiul Alam, Mohammad Selim, Sahgir Hossain, Jamal Uddin, Ziaur Rahman, Dollar Mahmud, Shiplu, Monjurul Islam, Mazhar Uddin, Asadullah Khan, Humayun Kabir, Fahim Muntasir, Sadiq Khan, Nasir Hossain, Manjarul Islam Rana, Tushar Imran, Habibul Bashar, Mashrafee Bin Mortuza, Sakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak and Syed Rasel. Coach: Abdul Hadi Ratan.

Khulna is yet to register a win in curent season. National discard and Captain Manjarul Islam Rana is talking with both bat and ball and is the leading run scorer of current NCL. He is well supported by opener Sajjadul Hasan with bat and young Dolar Mahmud with ball. Nazmus Sadat has failed to continue his run feast from previous season which is adding further misery to Khulna.

Leading run scorer : Manjurul Islam Rana (421 runs @ 60.14, 2x100), Sajjadul Hasan (342 runs @ 42.75, 3x50).

Leading wicket taker : Manjurul Islam Rana (15 wickets @ 17.80, 1x5i), Dolar Mahmud (14 wickets @ 16.50, 1x5i), Ziaur Rahman (12 wickets @ 24.00), Sadik Khan (10 wickets @ 24.60).

6. Barisal Division
Current Standing : 6th (P 5 W 1 L 2 D 2 PTS 10)

Squad : Hannan Sarkar, Imran Ahmed, Nasir Uddin Faruque, Rakibul Hasan, Humayun Kabir, Arman Hossain, Mehdi Hasan, Mohammad Shafen, Ishraq Sonet, Abul Bashar, Sajidul Islam, Arafat Salauddin, Ali Arman, Ahsanullah Hasan, Ariful Haq, Mokhtar Ali, Taposh Ghosh, Lablu Rahman and Shahriar Nafees. Coach: Md. Emdadul Haque.

Barisal is undoubtedly the weakest side of the tournament. Their high point came when they defeated relatively strong Khulna in Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium. Good Allround performance by Ali Arman and solid batting by Arafat Salahuddin ensured the solitary win. Barisal will be fighting this year to avoid the last place.

Leading run scorer : Arafat Salahuddin (353 runs @ 44.12, 1x100, 2x50).

Leading wicket taker : Ali Arman (17 wickets @ 19.29, 1x5i), Sajidul Islam (16 wickets @ 21.68, 1x5i), Ishraq Sonet (11 wickets @ 26.36), Arafat Salahuddin (11 wickets @ 32.81).

Highlights of the National Cricket League 2006-07 (First Class)

Highest Team Total
570Dhaka Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

Lowest Team Total
93Barisal Division v Rajshahi DivisionRajshahi Stadium

Highest Partnership for Each Wicket

1162 Javed Omar & Mehrab HossainDhaka Division v Barisal DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
2111 Jahurul Islam & Farhad HossainRajshahi Division v Dhaka DivisionRajshahi Stadium
3215 Jahurul Islam & Naeem IslamRajshahi Division v Barisal DivisionRajshahi Stadium
4192 Rajin Saleh & Alok KapaliSylhet Division v Dhaka DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
5420 Mohammad Ashraful & Marshall AyubDhaka Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong
6203 Humayun Kabir & Arafat SalahuddinBarisal Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong
7167 Golam Mabud & Tapash BaisyaSylhet Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong
882 Rajin Saleh & Nazmul HossainSylhet Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong
961 Arafat Salahuddin & Sajidul IslamBarisal Division v Dhaka DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
1072 Enamul Haque & Nazmul HossainSylhet Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

NCL 2006-07 Centuries scored

263 Mohammad AshrafulDhaka Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

173 Alok KapaliSylhet Division v Dhaka DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

153 Ehsanul HaqueChittagong Division v Sylhet DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

151 Manjural IslamKhulna Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Flight Lieutenant Motiur Rahman Stadium, Khulna

145 Marshall AyubDhaka Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

139 Arafat SalahuddinBarisal Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

139 Jahurul IslamRajshahi Division v Barisal DivisionRajshahi Stadium

126 Gazi SalahuddinChittagong Division v Barisal DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

126 Naeem IslamRajshahi Division v Barisal DivisionRajshahi Stadium

123 Golam MabudSylhet Division v Rajshahi DivisionRajshahi Stadium

121 Faisal HossainChittagong Division v Sylhet DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

121 Mohammad AshrafulDhaka Division v Barisal DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

120 Manjural IslamKhulna Division v Sylhet DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

114*Junaid SiddiqueRajshahi Division v Khulna DivisionRajshahi Stadium

112 Tapash BaisyaSylhet Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

100*Jahurul IslamRajshahi Division v Dhaka DivisionRajshahi Stadium

100 Rajin SalehSylhet Division v Dhaka DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

Best Innings Bowling Figures (qualification 5 wickets)

7-95Mohammad ShahzadaRajshahi Division v Khulna DivisionRajshahi Stadium

7-134Shabbir KhanChittagong Division v Sylhet DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

6-47Manjural IslamKhulna Division v Chittagong DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Flight Lieutenant Motiur Rahman Stadium, Khulna

6-59Mosharraf HossainDhaka Division v Rajshahi DivisionRajshahi Stadium

6-80Shabbir KhanChittagong Division v Sylhet DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

5-21Mohammad ShahzadaRajshahi Division v Barisal DivisionRajshahi Stadium

5-25Ali ArmanBarisal Division v Dhaka DivisionNarayanganj Osmani Stadium, Fatullah

5-30Suhrawadi ShuvoRajshahi Division v Barisal DivisionRajshahi Stadium

5-34Mohammad SharifDhaka Division v Sylhet DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

5-43Nabil SamadSylhet Division v Dhaka DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

5-44Dolar MahmudKhulna Division v Barisal DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

5-51Mushfiqur RahmanRajshahi Division v Khulna DivisionRajshahi Stadium

5-55Abdur RazzakKhulna Division v Rajshahi DivisionRajshahi Stadium

5-58Suhrawadi ShuvoRajshahi Division v Dhaka DivisionRajshahi Stadium

5-61Sajidul IslamBarisal Division v Dhaka DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

5-76Nabil SamadSylhet Division v Rajshahi DivisionRajshahi Stadium

5-86Shabbir KhanChittagong Division v Barisal DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

Best Match Bowling Figures (qualification 10 wickets)

10-144Mohammad ShahzadaRajshahi Division v Khulna DivisionRajshahi Stadium
10-169Mohammad SharifDhaka Division v Sylhet DivisionDhanmondi Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
10-240Shabbir KhanChittagong Division v Sylhet DivisionBir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong

Leading Run Scorers (qualification - 250 runs, 30.00 average)

NameMatchesInnsNot OutRunsHSAve10050CtSt
Manjural Islam (Khul)581421151 60.14 202
Mohammad Ashraful (Dh)350417263 83.40 201
Gazi Salahuddin (Chit)590384126 42.66 123
Arafat Salahuddin (Bar)591353139 44.12 122
Marshall Ayub (Dh)591353145 44.12 111
Sajjadul Hasan (Khul)58034275 42.75 034
Rajin Saleh (Syl)470334100 47.71 123
Golam Mabud (Syl)590322123 35.77 129
Imtiaz Hossain (Syl)510031897 31.80 016
Faisal Hossain (Chit)592311121 44.42 116
Naeem Islam (Rjshi)570306126 43.71 124
Alok Kapali (Syl)590298173 33.11 107
Tamim Iqbal (Chit)59028684 31.77 032
Ehsanul Haque (Chit)590278153 30.88 111
Jahurul Islam (Rjshi)341269139 89.66 201
Junaid Siddique (Rjshi)341252114*84.00 118

Leading Wicket Takers (Qualifications 10 wicktes)

Mohammad Shahzada (Rjshi)90037435317-9514.03 21
Shabbir Khan (Chit)140760654297-13422.55 31
Mohammad Sharif (Dh)88026473245-3419.70 21
Mosharraf Hossain (Dh)106862398206-5919.90 10
Ali Arman (Bar)70627328175-2519.29 10
Nabil Samad (Syl)92845352175-4320.70 20
Sajidul Islam (Bar)70820347165-6121.68 10
Suhrawadi Shuvo (Rjshi)59029199155-3013.26 20
Manjural Islam (Khul)96267267156-4717.80 10
Dolar Mahmud (Khul)51026231145-4416.50 10
Mushfiqur Rahman (Rjshi)83246336135-5125.84 10
Tareq Aziz (Chit)84423462134-4435.53 00
Ziaur Rahman (Khul)61725288123-1524.00 00
Hasibul Hossain (Syl)76222394124-4632.83 00
Ishraq Sonet (Bar)51416290114-4626.36 00
Alok Kapali (Syl)79932317113-3928.81 00
Arafat Salahuddin (Bar)78036361112-2032.81 00
Mohammad Rafique (Dh)50136146104-4914.60 00
Sadik Khan (Khul)4086246104-8524.60 00

Corporate Cricket League 2006

Jubilant Acme players celebrate their first ever GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League title
Grameen Phone Corporate Cricket League started on 7th October after a series of delay and uncertainicty due to mismanagement from BCB. After losts of hue and cry finally twelve teams played in two groups. Teams are, Group A: Beximco Group, Syfang Fan, Channel F2 Advertising, StarTel, Acme Laboratories and Chittagong Port Authority and Group B: Epyllion Group, Asia Pacific Blossom Hotel, MM Ispahani, Raju Fish Culture, Bangladesh Biman and Partex Group. Due to lack of interest of corporate houses to make quality teams, players suffered in the transfer market which raised eye brows about the future of this league.

Defending Champion Beximco Group, Acme Laboratories, Epyllion Group and Partex Group made it to the semifinal. Beximco group signed Kumar Sanggakkara for the semifinal and final.

In the first semifinal Acme Laboratories eased past Epyllion group by seven wickets. Epyllion Group posted a modest 206 mainly relying on a defiant 88 from Captain Tushar Imran. Sandeep Sharma of Acme took 3 wickets for 16 runs. In reply, Acme reached the target with more than six overs to spare. Couple of fifties from Hannan Sarkar (55) and Habibul Bashar (54*) helped them to reach the target. Second semifinal witnessed another one sided affair when Beximco Group defeated Partex Group by 61 runs. batting first Beximco posted a competitive 252 runs, thanks to a masterful 69 from Kumar Sanggakkara. In reply Partex Group never posed any challenge to the total. A patient 68 from Captain Khaled Mashud only reduced the margin of defeat.

The final was a crunch one in which Acme Laboratories came with an early surprise by signing Srilnakan legend Santh Jayasurya. In the thrilling final Acme Laboratories won the toss and decided to bat first. Acme posted competitive 235 runs. National duo Habibul Bashar (68) and Aftab Ahmed (55) continued good form. Star signing Sanath Jayasurya failed with bat and only scored 14. Nazmul Hasan rattled through the tail and ended with 5/52. In reply Beximco was soon reduced to 109/6 but a responsible second fifty by Srilankan Kumar Sangakkara returned them into the match. A 46 run partnership beteween Mashrafee Mortaza and Abdur Razzak game them the title hope but Acme Laboratories enjoyed the last laugh and the title for the first time. Beximco fell short of just 3 runs.

Throughout the Corporate Cricket League national players showed impressive form with both bat and ball. Young Nadif Chowdhury and Marshall Ayub showed impressive form which resulted in national call up for Nadif Chowdhury.

Kai Altech Premier Division Twety20 league

Players of Mohammedan celebrate after clinching the maiden Kai-Altech Premier Division Twenty20 League

Bangladesh entered into the era of twenty20 cricket with the first ever Premier League Twenty20 league. Kai Altech group sponsored the inaugural tournament to become a part of history. The tournament experienced some hiccup in the beginning due to political unrest and poor quality of white balls. Apart from that the tournament was a huge success as it was full of high profile matches and intense compteitons. Players enjoyed the new form of cricket and returned with impressive figures. The league have drawn more attention due to the participation of national players.

Twelve premier league teams played in two groups. The groups were Group A - Old DOHS Sports Club, Victoria Sporting Club, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, City Club, Kalabagan KC, Partex SC and Group B - Mohammedan Sporting Club, Abahani Limited, Sonargaon Cricketers, Brothers Union, Indira Road KC and Young Pegasus.
old DOHS Sports Club, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Sonargaon Cricketers and Victoria were title contenders right from the beginning.
Here's the summary of the group matches -

Match 1 : Old DOHS, 184-7 Tamim Iqbal 67 (41b, 9x4, 3x6) defeated Partex, 88 by 96 runs

Match 2 : Biman 164-6, Farhad Reza 50 (26), Raqibul Hasan 49 defeated City Club 108 (19.4) by 56 runs

Match 3 : Victoria 157-8 Hasanuzzaman 40 (25b, 3x4, 2x6); Rashidul Islam 5-21 defeated Kalabagan, 97 by 60 runs

Match 4 : Mohammedan 119-7, Aftab Ahmed 30 (3x4) defeated Indira Road 118-8 by 3 wickets

Match 5 : Sonargaon 121-3 Marshall Ayub 53 (23b, 4x4, 5x6) defeated Young Pegasus, 117-9, Mohammad Rafique 3-12 by 7 wickets

Match 6 : Abahani 72-4 defeated Brothers 71 Suhrawadi Shuvo 3-9, Ziaur Rahman 3-12, by 6 wickets

Match 7 : Abahani, 185-5 Nazimuddin 63 (44b 4x4, 4x6), Nazmus Sadat 38 defeated Young Pegasus, 128-7 by 57 runs

Match 8 : Sonargaon 102-1, Ejaj Ahmed 54* defeated Indira Road, Indira Road 101, Mohammad Sharif 3-16 by 9 wickets

Match 9 : Mohammedan, 170-4, Imtiaz Hossain 76 (50b, 6x4, 5x6) defeated Brothers Union, 163-2, Shahriar Hossain 72, Hannan Sarkar 45 by 7 runs

Match 10 : City Club 182-6 Mir Mushtaq 84 (59b, 11x4, 2x6) defeated Partex SC 124-5 Arifur Rehman 46 by 58 runs

Match 11 : Old DOHS 108-3 Mehrab Hossain jnr 60* (6x4, 1x6) defeated Kalabagan 107-7 by 8 wickets

Match 12 : Victoria 128-3 defeated Biman 127-6 Mushfiqur Rahman 58* by 7 wickets

Match 13 : Old DOHS 135-5 Nadif Chowdhury 62* (43b, 4x4, 2x6) defeated City Club 134-9 Gazi Salahuddin 53; Mehrab Hossain jnr 3-18 by 5 wickets

Match 14 : Victoria 180-7, Hasanuzzaman 73* defeated Partex 114-9, Rafiqul 56; Shuvro 3-16 by 66 runs

Match 15 : Biman 115-9 tied with Kalabagan 115-5; Biman won 3-2 in bowl-out

Match 16 : Abahani 113-7 Tushar Imran 61 (53b, 5x4, 1x6) defeated Sonargaon 112, Suhrawadi Shuvo 5-16 by 3 wickets

Match 17 : Mohammedan 164-8, Junaid Siddique 80 (7x4, 1x6) defeated Young Pegasus 103-8, Habibul Bashar 3-12 by 61 runs

Match 18 : Brothers Union 117-3 defeated Indira Road 116, Saiful Islam 4-11 by 7 wickets

Match 19 : Mohammedan 115-9, Aftab Ahmed 66; Mashrafe Mortaza 4-18 defeated Abahani 106-9, Saqibul Hasan 3-17 by 9 runs

Match 20 : Sonargaon 121-6, Alok Kapali 56 defeated Brothers 120-9, Shahriar Hossain 40 by 4 wickets

Match 21 : Young Pegasus 163-8 defeated Indira Road 113-6 by 50 runs

Match 22 : Old DOHS 128-7, Nadif Chowdhury 51, Mushfiqur Rahman 4-38 defeated Biman 127-5, Shahadat Hossain 3-15 by 3 wickets

Match 23 : Victoria 166-8, Golam Mabud 52, Kamrul Islam 3-32 (only hattrick in the Twenty20 league) defeated City Club 136-9 by 30 runs

Match 24: Partex 151-4, Arifur Rahman 46 defeated Kalabagan 147-6, Nahidul Haque 55 by 6 wickets

Match 25: Old DOHS 139-7, Khaled Mahmud 45 defeated Victoria 137-8, Mahmudullah Riyad 64* , Abdur Razzak 4-12 by 3 wickets

Match 26 : City Club 160-5, Gazi Salahuddin 47 defeated Kalabagan 151 by 9 runs

Match 27 : Biman 178-4, Farhad Reza 79 defeated Partex 112-7, Rajin Saleh 43 by 66 runs

Match 28 : Mohammedan 226-4, Junaid Siddique 134 (64) defeated Sonargaon 217-7, Mohammad Ashraful 104 (47), Tapash Baisya 5-29 by 9 runs

Match 29 : Abahani 173-6, Mashrafe Mortaza 65 (4x4, 7x6) defeated Indira Road 83-6, Mashrafe Mortaza 5-5 by 90 runs (best allround performance in Twenty20 league from Mashrafe Mortaza)

Match 30 : Brothers 132-9 defeated Young Pegasus 108 by 24 runs

After a scintillating group phase Mohammedan Sporting Club, old DOHS Sports Club, Abahani Limited and Victoria Sporting Club made it to the semi final. Group match between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sonargaon Cricketers was the best match of the tournament. 19 yeras old Junaid Siddique played the best inning of the tournament to deny Sonargaon. Mohammad Ashraful's blistery 104 of 47 balls proved inadeqaute.

Junaid Siddique, the dashing left handed opening batsman was the star of the Kai Altech Premeir Twenty20 League 2006

The semi finals were played in the fast bouncy wickets of Mirpur national Stadium. The wicket tested batsmen from all four sides. The lusty batting of the group sound was almost absent in the semifinal and final. In the first semifinal old DOHS faced Abahani Lmited. Batting first Abahani posted a paltry 74, former national captain Khaled Mahmud caused the havoc by taking 4 wickets for only 17 runs. In reply old DOHS wobbled in the middle but finally reached home by losing five wickets. Mohammedan faced Victoria Sporting Club in the second semifinal. Mohammedan easily crushed victoria by 7 wickets. Victoria made 116 in 20 overs, Nasiruddin faruque chipped in 41 runs. In reply Mohammedan reached the target by losing only 3 wickets. Aftab Ahmed blasted an unbeaten 57.

Everyone expected a crunch final match but it was a easy win for Mohammedan Sporting Club to clinch the title of first ever Twenty20 Premier League. Batting first Mohmmedan made an impressive start when their two young openeres Junaid Siddique and Imtiaz Hossain piled 134 runs in just 12.3 overs. After their departure Mohammedan lost their way and finally posted 184/5. old DOHS started their reply in similar fashion with their openers Tamim Iqbal and Mehrab Jnr chipped in for 46 and 33 runs respectively. But after they were out, old DOHS never came close to win the match and finally lost by 24 runs.

Other Domestic Competitions
A good amount of cricket is played in domestic circuit of Bangladesh. Apart from the top fights following competitions have impacts among fans and cricket board.

National Cricket Championship (Limited over tournament)
First Division Cricket League (Limited over tournament)
National U-19 Cricket Championship (limited over tournament)
Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament

In National Cricket Championship 2006 (NCC) the breeding ground of young cricketers BKSP clinched the title by defeating Dhaka by a massive 104 run in their home ground.

Partex Sporting Club became Champion of the First Division Cricket League 2005-2006 while young Pegasus ended up as runner up. Both the team were promoted to the Premier League from 2006-07 season. In the final league match Partex set a domestic record for highest ODI total when they posted a mammoth 400 runs in the stipulated 50 overs.

After three years silence, National U-19 Cricket Championship resumed this year.Sixty-one district teams took part in the 23rd edition of the championship which was sponsored by Dhaka Bank. The matches were played in 10 different zones. Khulna District U-19 team beacme champion of the tournament by defeating Rajshahi U-19 cricket team in a two day final.

Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament is one of the major tournament to nourish youngsters throughout Bangladesh. Previously known as Nirman School Cricket Tournament, it is one of the major success in the domestic circuit and a good number of national players started playing cricket from this tournament. Parjoar Kalindi High School emerged as Dhaka zone champions of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament defeating BKSP by 44 runs. BKSP took the revenge in the national final when they defeated kalindi High School by 5 wickets to become Champion of the 2006 edition.

Domestic Infrastructures
Bangladesh Cricket Board worked hard throughout 2006 to get ICC approval of newly built grounds dediated for cricket. In 2006 ICC recognized 4 new international venues of Bangladesh.

They are

Chittagong Divisional Stadium , capacity 15,000 - for both test and ODI

Fatullah Osmani Stadium, capacity 25,000 - for both test and ODI

Khulna Diviional Stadium , capacity 15,000 - for only ODI

Mirpur Sher E Bangla National Stadium, capacity 47,000 - for both test and ODI

Mirpur Sher E Bangla Stradium is currently treated as the home of Bangladesh cricket. It includes dedicated indoor practice facility, gym and other dedicated cricketing facilities. For detail about Mirpur Stadium, please have a look at the following article
A BanglaCricket Exclusive: The Mirpur Stadium . The wickets of this ground is quite unnatural compared to Bangladeshi standard. The central wickets are prepared according to Australian prescription and taking wickets of WACA of Perth as model. In recent Zimbabwe series, the wickets showed its fast and bouncy nature. As top domestic leagues will be played at Mirpur Stadium, it will add valuable experience to local players. Inclusion of Mirpur Stadium into the list of international venues and its cricketing facilities is the most significant addition to domestic infrastructure.

From Toddlers to Early Teens
Bangladesh domestic cricket made some significant progress in 2006 but its is yet no way near the international standard. The national team's performance largely depends on the standard of cricket played in domestic circuit. The gap between international standard and Bangladeshi domestic standard is reducing but not in desired rate. One of the major constraint is the lack of infrastructure. Apart from Cricket facilities of divisional cities and Bogra, other cities are quite neglected and requires huge development task. Another major setback is the lack of professionalism in the first class structure. The amount of money paid to each players of the divisional team is unacceptable to its last limit. Professional structure and economic solvency of the players is the pivotal factor for development of a quality first class structure. Lack of cricketing activities and related fitness program in off season (May – September) is another major concern. Indoor cricket facilities need to be built at least in divisional first class venues to solve the problem. Many cricket pundits raise concern about the wickets in which the domestic cricket is played. The quality of wicket has to be improved. Some prescribes for fast bouncy wickets for domestic first class tournament. I am not fully in line with their views. Bangladesh has its own unique condition and we need to exploit that. It is important to make good quality wickets which lasts for four days and behave consistently compared to current wickets in some venues which are under prepared or gives unequal bounce. To accustom with fast bouncy conditions, it is more important to arrange more A team and Academy team tours in countries like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. BCB must act in a proactive fashion about these arrangements.

Now, among these bad scenarios there are some good news and developments for the well wishers and fans of Bangladesh cricket.
• Bangladesh Cricket Board for the firstr time has set up A National Cricket Academy which will take its full shape within couple of years. BCB Academy played some home tour matches and made a successful away tour with their Pakistani Counterpart.

• BCB is setting up indoor facilities in six divisional first class venues which will be implemented within next five years.

• BCB signed a six year TV rights deal with Nimbus which worth $57 Million. This huge money boost will help in developing domestic cricket infra structure. One of the main clause of the deal includes ’10 day telecast of domestic cricket’ which will boost interest in domestic cricket.

• BCB has already set up Mirpur Sher E Bangla Stadium as new ‘Home of Cricket’. The project is not yet fully implemented, after full implementation it will be an unique addition to domestic facility.

• BCB has appointed six pitch curators for first class venues who will team up with previously appointed development managers. These curators will also look after the wickets of the district venues.

• In addition to existing sponsors, new sponsors (Kai Group, Epyllion, Dhaka Bank) are coming forward to sponsor domestic cricket. This is further enhancing financial solvency of Cricket Board.

• A number of initiatives were taken in 2006 to find out cricketing talent from different corners of the country. These include ‘Grameen Phone Talent Hunt’, ‘Pink City Cricket Medhar Khoje’. BCB organized Pace Bowling camps for players selected for these talent hunt programs.

• BCB is handling age group cricket a very professional way. Now regular age group tournaments are organized which includes U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 tournaments.

• BCB is sending promising toungsters to renowned overseas academies like MRF pace academy in India, Commonwealth Bank Academy in Australia, Northern Territory Academy of Sports in Darwin, Australia. After getting trained, they are injecting their valuable experience into the domestic circuit.

Now, these steps will definitely help Bangladesh Domestic Cricket to progress in right direction. By taking these initiatives in 2006, Bangladesh Domestic Cricket has taken a definite step for its transformation from Toddlers to Early Teens. It’s very important to continue these initiatives and take new effective plans for a complete transformation into world standard domestic cricket. Finally, it is quite safe to predict that with international success and domestic good works in 2006, Bangladesh Cricket is definitely heading towards a strong position in world arena.

(This is a draft and the review is not yet completed and I will correct the contents. Domestic review is a huge task and mistakes are possible. If anyone notice any mistake, please point out. I am expectiing to finish the review within tomorrow )

Information Courtesy : Banglacricket.com, Cricinfo.com, Cricketarchive.com, Tigercricket.com, newagebd.com, dailystar.net
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Last edited by Miraz; January 9, 2007 at 07:37 AM..
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