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The sorry state of Bangladesh’s senior pacers

  • Published at 05:40 pm December 20th, 2019
Rangpur Rangers' Mustafizur Rahman bowls during their BBPL match against Cumilla Warriors in Mirpur last week Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

With 12 wickets under his belt in four matches, left-arm pacer Mehedi Hasan Rana led the chart in the tournament for Chattogram Challengers after their fourth game against Cumilla Warriors Friday

Young and fresh talents have come into the limelight with their on-field performance in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20, especially the pacers. 

However, the opposite is true for their experienced counterparts.

The tournament so far has witnessed high-scoring matches in Dhaka and Chittagong. 

While the batsmen run rampant, young pacers such as Mehedi Hasan Rana, Mukidul Islam, Hasan Mahmud and others have shown their promise. 

With 12 wickets under his belt in four matches, left-arm pacer Rana led the chart in the tournament for Chattogram Challengers after their fourth game against Cumilla Warriors Friday.

On the other hand, experienced pacers Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Haider and Al Amin Hossain have disappointed in the tournament, which the national selectors have said is of utter importance for preparation ahead of the World T20I in 2020.

Left arm pacer Mustafizur’s struggles are well documented.

 Cumilla's Sumon Khan bowls Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The bowler had emerged as a “wonder boy” for his variations and cutters in 2015, but is now giving the national selectors a headache by failing to break out of his slump in form.

In the BBPL, Mustafizur has appeared to be predictable for opposition batsmen and statistics supports the claim. 

In four matches for Rangpur Rangers, he has picked up just four wickets at an economy rate of 8.32. 

Right-arm pacer Taskin, playing alongside Mustafizur in Rangpur, has an economy of 12.6 in three games without a wicket. 

He has not completed his four overs in any of the matches he has played. 

The BBPL is offering an opportunity to regain favor with the national team, but he has so far failed to grab it. 

Left-arm seamer Haider in his first three matches for Cumilla maintained an economy of 9. 

Rangpur Rangers' Mukidul Islam Mugdho bowls during their BBPL match against Khulna Tigers in Chittagong Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Yesterday, at the time of filing this report, he had bowled two overs against Chattogram Challengers and gone for 38 runs without a wicket. 

The Challengers posted 239 in their innings, the highest score of the tournament, so far.

Right-arm pacer Abu Jayed is in a similar situation. 

The bowler, backed by some consistent performances, was the latest addition to the national set up and had an impressive outing on the tour of India in the two-match Test series. 

However, at the BBPL for Rajshahi Royals, he has bagged just two wickets in three games with an expensive economy rate of 9.14.

Pacers Shafiul Islam and Al Amin had picked up four wickets each in the tournament as of Friday evening, but are yet to stand out for their teams, especially the latter.

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has also not been up to his usual levels. 

The veteran right-arm pacer has lacked match fitness of late, and has an economy of 8.62 with three wickets to his name in four matches.

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