Bangladesh’s ICC Under-19 World Cup-winning cricketers seem to be badly after the postponement of the Dhaka Premier League as they missed the chance to show their credentials in the league of big boys.
The young cricketer’s achievement in the biggest global tournament for the age-level cricket was surely noteworthy considering it was maiden ICC trophy for the country but lots of eyes were pinned on them to see how they react when they were pushed in the DPL.
DPL is considered to be the traditional Dhaka-club-based 50-over tournament and is known to be the breeding ground for the potential national cricketers considering the fierce competition among the local players remains the highlight of the competition.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is no cricket across the world and Bangladesh is no exception with BCB deciding to postpone all their activities until further notice.
Players are asked to stay at home during this time of crisis while in Bangladesh afternoon has confirmed five deaths and 48 cases from Covid-19 while four more patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus which meant that a total of 15 patients have recovered so far in the country.
Bangladesh Under-19 skipper Akbar Ali rued his luck for this unexpected turn of events as he said that he was expecting to showcase his talent in the league to leave a mark in the competition.
DPL was a great platform for un [ the Under-19 cricketers],’’ said Akbar, who is playing for Gazi Tank Cricketers in the league.
‘’The senior players could have shared their experience with us but we lost it [DPL] due to the unexpected situation,’’ he said.
‘’I had great plans regarding DPL and I wanted to play well and do well in match by match,’’ he said.
‘’Currently our manager sir has told us to be at home and not to go outside and I am working on my fitness from home,’’ he said.
‘‘I am looking forward to starting afresh when cricket resumes,’’ he said.
Mohammedan Sporting Club’s opener Parvez Emon also echoed the same sentiment like his skipper adding that he is getting frustrated with the whole situation.
‘’It’s a huge loss for me as DPL matches are postponed at the moment because I was in very good form and I had the chance to prove myself in DPL but that opportunity is lost right now,’’ he said.
‘’The situation is not in our hands and at the moment I am working in my roof top for my fitness,’’ he said
‘’I am hopeful matches will start soon .Nobody like to be sitting at home,’’ he said.
Shinepukur’s left-arm spinner Hasan Murad is optimistic in this day of crisis saying that he is still hopeful that the league will resume in the coming days and they won’t lose this edition of the tournament.
The matches has not fully stopped yet as there is no official announcement,’’ asked Murad.
‘’I was is good rhythm and bowled well in the first match but there is some gap afterward,’’ he said.
‘’For any cricketer if there is any gap between matches it is a loss for them and now I am trying to be remain fit myself in my home,’’ he said,
‘’The Dhaka Premier League was a great opportunity but we lost to the situation,’’ he added.
Abahani pace bowler Tanjim Hasan Sakib took everything on his stride without any complaint.
‘’The reason matches has stopped is at nobody hands as it is due to the unexpected situation as we have no control over our nature,’’ said Sakib.
‘’Everyone wanted to play but it is stopped right now. We were all in good shape including myself. We had the opportunity to play in DPL after winning the World Cup,’’ he said.
‘’I am aware of my fitness and working from home and doing some homework as well.. I am strictly maintaining my diet and hopefully, the matches will start soon,’’ he concluded.