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2019-03-06 12:10:12 BdST

Nurul believes DPL beneficial for Bangladesh cricket

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club captain Nurul Hasan Sohan believes the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 tournament has been beneficial for Bangladesh cricket. 

He explained how there were no T20 tournaments involving just local players and how this will help the cricketers get better in the T20 format.

“This is obviously good. The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 tournament happens but apart from that, we don’t get such T20 tournaments. Through this, we are going to get better in T20 cricket. I feel everyone has enjoyed the tournament and it’s been good for Bangladesh cricket,” Nurul said at the post-match press conference at Mirpur on Monday.

The wicketkeeper-batsman expressed the additional motivation he and his team had heading into the final of the tournament. 

Sheikh Jamal eventually won the final by 24 runs against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club. 

“Sheikh Jamal has been with cricket for a long time and winning this has been great for us and the club. This is our first Championship trophy. Before the match began, I got to find out that Sheikh Jamal never won a Championship trophy before. So there was always an extra drive to win the first one and it obviously feels special,” Nurul said.

Opener Imtiaz Hossain Tanna top-scored in the Sheikh Jamal innings with 56 runs off 44 deliveries.

His innings included four boundaries and two maximums and he batted till the 14th over to give his team a chance to score a challenging total, even though wickets fell at the other end.

When Imtiaz departed, the score was 96/4 and that gave the team the platform to accelerate in the end and post 157/7 after 20 overs.

Nurul praised his opener’s performance and explained how important his start was for the team to reach a solid total.

“(Imtiaz Hossain) Tanna started well. In T20 cricket, starting well is very important. In the middle part of the innings, we lost a lot of wickets. So, when Tanna and I were batting the aim was to bat till the end of the innings. The goal was to reach the 160-run mark at the end of the 20 overs. In the end we scored 157 runs and that gave us the confidence to defend the total when we were in the field,” Nurul concluded.  

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