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President’s Cup ends with unveiling talents like Irfan, Sumon

Md Abu Talha Sarker, Dhaka
President’s Cup ends with unveiling talents like Irfan, Sumon

Cricket fraternity heaped praise on the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for not only successfully hosting “BCB President’s Cup” but also hunting a host of batting and bowling talents during this Covid-19 pandemic. 

Now they recommend the BCB to continue its initiatives so that cricketers can remain in the field and play cricket round the year. They think that it is obviously possible to make a stronger national squad along with the back-up consisting of the talented players by organizing such tournaments on a regular basis which will help to achieve good results in national and international arena.

Initially, it was deemed that the President’s Cup would be a face-saving arrangement for the BCB following the postponement of the much-awaiting Test series against Sri Lanka after a drawn-out discussion.

But all the calculations and stereotype notions started to change with the progress of the tournament.

Even through all the matches of the three team competition held at the home of cricket in Mirpur, there was no lacking of interest, enthusiasm and competitiveness among the players, coaching staff and others.

Even this time none put up any allegation about the wickets rather everyone praised the same though the wickets produced couple of low-key totals including the final (target 174) but the wickets did not give any chance to the cricketers, coaching staff and team management to talk much about the flat decks. 

Therefore, the performance of the top-order batsmen in the newly-introduced tournament was not up to the scrape but the lower-down the order had filled it up with their brilliant performances. Wicketkeeper-batsman Irfan Sukkur among the batters took the center stage of discussion with his sublime and devastating batting display.

He performed in almost every match of the tournament despite getting down at no 7 position. In the final, the aspirant for the national team played a scintillating innings of 77-ball 75. Whenever Irfan come to bat, he did his job brilliantly.

Overall, his performance throughout the tournament was praiseworthy that drew the attention of all irrespective of the selectors, coaches and team management. Irfan could be handy for the national team and will fill the void of the No 7 position by far.

His endeavor to survive at the wicket and extend the innings coupled with finishing stint recalled the innings of former handy all-rounder Nasir Hossain, who once dubbed ‘Mr Finisher’ in Bangladesh team for his magnificent finishing knack, along with discarded Sabbir Rahman Rumman. In a word, Irfan is the best finding of the tournament as a lower-middle order batsman.

Beside Irfan’s name, the pace bowlers were the highlights of the tournament than the spinners. Sumon Khan, an unheralded pacer of High Performance Squad (HPS), among all showed his bowling prowess beside the experienced Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Saifuddin.

However, the lad from Manikganj, who turned out to be the hero of the final for the winners (Mahmudullah XI), couldn’t make a room in the main squad of 45-players. He was one of the reserve forces of the Najmul Hossain Shanto XI. Fortunately, he got a call from Mahmudullah XI because of the injuries of the pacers Hasan Mahmud and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury.

The young paceman capitalized the opportunity brilliantly through showing his sparkling performance in the crowd of the experienced and national bowlers. The pacer grabbed five wickets in the final by befooling batsmen with his angled deliveries and a bit out-swingers. If the BCB nurtured him, he might be a potential for Bangladesh’s future pace bowling line up.
 

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