The BPL 2017 promises to hot up as the fourth and final phase of the money-spinning competition gets underway Saturday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
In the first match of the day in the afternoon, table-topper Comilla Victorians take on fourth placed Rangpur Riders at 1pm.
In the second game at the same venue in the evening, holder Dhaka Dynamites face fifth placed Rajshahi Kings.
Ahead of their clash against Mashrafe bin Mortaza’s Rangpur, Comilla coach Mohammad Salahuddin said even though they are very much in the driving seat heading into the Dhaka leg of the cash-rich tournament, they will be guarding against complacency as they want to continue their winning momentum.
“Each and every single match in this tournament are important. Even though a semi-final (playoff) berth is confirmed. Because a team might lose their momentum any time. That is why the upcoming games are as important as the past matches. It will be bad to lose. We don’t want to lose momentum. We want to improve in every game. We committed a few mistakes in the last match. We should have scored more runs. As for our bowlers, they did really well. Especially the locals. Because of their performance, pressure is being lifted from the foreigners,” Salahuddin told the media Friday.
He added, “Our main strength is that we play as a team. Everyone is playing well consistently. Coaching them is tough as they are all professionals. At the same time, since they know everything, it is easy for me to coach them.”
Meanwhile, Comilla paceman Al Amin Hossain was recently reported for a suspect bowling action.
The right-arm pacer’s dismissal of Khulna Titans’ Ariful Haque in the 15th over of the game Tuesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium in Chittagong raised suspicion.
Al Amin will now get two weeks to reply to BCB’s bowling action review committee but is eligible to bowl until then.
Salahuddin said, “As far as Al Amin is concerned, it was brought to attention by the umpires. I haven’t seen the footage clearly. And his action was reported previously also. He overcame it. Hopefully he will overcome it now as well. We are not thinking too much about it. And he can play for the next 14 days.”
Comilla Victorians v Rangpur Riders, 1pm
Dhaka Dynamites v Rajshahi Kings, 6pm
Both the games will be held at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka