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2019-03-06 12:08:20 BdST

Abahani face Uttara in DPL opener

Defending champions Abahani Limited will start their campaign in the very first day of the Walton Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League as the 50-over tournament is set to begin on Friday.

Prior to the premier one-day cricket tournament, a Twenty20 cricket tournament was held with only local players and Sheikh Jamal clinched the trophy of the first such tournament by winning the final on Monday.

Abahani, the powerhouse of local sports, were eliminated from the group stage in the Twenty20 tournament but the Dhanmondi-based side, which won two of the last two leagues, will be keen to make a good start against newly promoted Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishan (BKSP) at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Another newly promoted side Uttara Sporting Club will play their first match in the inaugural day as they will face Twenty20 champion Sheikh Jamal, who finished third in last year’s DPL, at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah.

Last year’s runners-up Legends of Rupganj will start their campaign in the same day as they will take on Brothers Union at BKSP-3 ground at Savar. The Gopibag-based side barely survived in the top flight as they finished over two relegated sides Agrani Bank Limited and Kalabagan Krira Chakra in the last season.

On Saturday, six other sides of the 12-team tournament will take the field as Prime Doleshwar will face Shinepukur Cricket Club at Fatullah, Khelaghar Samaj Kallayan Samity will take on Prime Bank Cricket Club at Mirpur and Gazi Group Cricketers will lock horns with Mohammedan Sporting Club at BKSP.


FIXTURE (First Phase)

Date                                                                      Matches                                                              Venue

08-03-2019                          Abahani                               v              BKSP                                      SBNCS

08-03-2019                          Sk Jamal                               v              Uttara Sporting                 KSOAS

08-03-2019                          Rupgonj                               v              Brothers Union                 BKSP

09-03-2019                          Prime Doleshwar             v              Shinepukur                         KSOAS

09-03-2019                          Khelaghar                            v              Prime Bank                         SBNCS

09-03-2019                          Gazi Group                         v              Mohammedan                  BKSP

11-03-2019                          Abahani                               v              Uttara Sporting                 KSOAS

11-03-2019                          Sk Jamal                               v              Brothers Union                 SBNCS

11-03-2019                          Rupganj                               v              Shinepukur                         BKSP

12-03-2019                          Prime Doleshwar             v              Prime Bank                         BKSP

12-03-2019                          Khelaghar                            v              Mohammedan                  SBNCS

12-03-2019                          Gazi Group                         v              BKSP                                      KSOAS

14-03-2019                          Abahani                               v              Brothers Union                 SBNCS

14-03-2019                          Sk Jamal                               v              Shinepukur                         KSOAS

14-03-2019                          Rupganj                               v              Prime Bank                         BKSP

15-03-2019                          Prime Doleshwar              v             Mohammedan                  SBNCS

15-03-2019                          Khelaghar                            v              Gazi Group                         BKSP

15-03-2019                          Uttara Sporting                 v              BKSP                                      KSOAS

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