Dhaka Cricket getting back the golden time

Mahfuzur Rahman Mukul

Once upon a time there was a lot of public support for the domestic cricket league of Bangladesh. The whole nation would divide into two groups: Mohamedan and Abahani. The people had a lot of expectation to get from the match. The stedium used to get full gallery supporter.

Abahani Players enjoying after being champion of Big Boss T-20
Abahani Players enjoying after being champion of Big Boss T-20

The only media covered the match was Radio though Bangladesh Television came into the party later. A lot of incident happened between the two team’s supporters. They had a lot of emotion into their mind. In fact, there was less tools for the enjoyment. People didn’t have the television in mass level, few people got satellite connection and the computer and internet was quite out of imagination.

When Bangladesh won the ICC trophy in 1997, the love to cricket increased. But the emotion in domestic cricket started to decrease. Actually the cricket lovers converted themselves into international level. Because, here you are getting the Abahani players playing with the Mohamedan players.

Then, the quantity of international cricket started to increase day by day. In the meantime the access of television also increased as well. In 1999 Bangladesh beat Pakistan at world cup. The journey of Bangladesh cricket accelerated in international level. From there Bangladesh cricket faced a lot of bad conditions with some good achievement in international level. Some people questioned about the test status of Bangladesh. But only content of Bangladesh cricket had never been questioned by any people of the world is cricket fan in the gallery. The cricket lover proved that Bangladesh has a very good prospect in cricket. That is the reason why ICC could not take any sort of negative decision over Bangladesh cricket.

Mirpur Cricket Stedium had almost 60 thousand visitor at the final match
Mirpur Cricket Stedium had almost 60 thousand visitor at the final match

Now-a- day we can see a lot of exciting cricket through out the whole world. People from all over the world can enjoy those by the welfare of satellite channel. The inclusion of T-20 cricket included new dimension for the entertainment of cricket. Specially, Indian premiere league, Indian cricket league, T-20 world cup gave took the entertainment of cricket in another position. The expansion of cricket and the spread of those exciting cricket challenged the domestic cricket of several cricket playing countries like Bangladesh. Bangladeshi domestic cricket almost started to loose its popularity. In a condition like this, Bangladesh cricket board arranged ‘Big Boss T-20’ tournament with a lot of preparation which cost the record amount of money for ever in Bangladeshi history.

Players were given lot of money. Especially the players of national team and the players of ICL going offered big amount of money from different team. These players were also the main attraction to the supporter. When the tournament started, nobody knew how much will it be attracted to the people. But, the crowed in the matches really given the bigggst prize to its organizers. Mirpur stadium of Dhaka has capacity of almost 60 thousand people. In the final match between Gazi Tank and Abahani Club, the full gallery was absolutely jam pact with crowed. The people enjoyed the match. Everybody went there got more than hundred percent of excitement.

The Abahani Star cricketers enjoying
The Abahani Star cricketers enjoying

The final match was also a very dramatic in the cricket point of view too. Popular team Abahani club got the ticket of final with a lot of hard work and risk also. They were defeated against Gazi Tank very comprehensively in their group match. In the night final match Gazi Tank Captain Alok Kapali won the toss and decided to bat first. They managed to score 144 for 5. In a slow pitch like Dhaka it is never been a small score. All-rounder Naeem Islam scored highest 33 for the team. Sakib and Mohammad rafique took two wickets each. Chasing a target of 145 Abahani started smartly by the wing of Imrul Kayes. But they loose their wickets in regular basis. World’s number one all-rounder Sakib Al Hasan started with a big six but could not last for long. They lost their 5 wicket on 82 runs. Then the match started to switch into Gazi tank. In last three over, they needed 41 runs. It was looking quite impossible. But still there was experienced all-rounder Mohammad Rafique. He hammered three sixes and one four in the 18th over and changed the total scenario of the match. He scored unbeaten 50 run from just 22 balls with 6 sixes and two fours.

Abahani won the match by 5 wickets with 5 balls remaining. Moahammad Rafique adjudged man of the match.

In the whole match, a big feature of the match was Dhaka’s big crowed. They were absolutely fantastic. They took their position in the gallery 1 hour before the game started. They appreciated the players from both sides. Whoever played well was been appreciated by the crowed. They proved that cricket is not only a game to enjoy over television. Anybody who has seen this match would never agree the concept of cricket without crowed which we find in some test cricket. They proved that cricket is a game of entertainment. The DJ and cheer leader was a new dimension over Dhaka cricket. Cheer leaders given extra pleasure to the cricket lovers. By the successful completion of Big boss T-20 league Dhaka cricket might start to get back the golden time of domestic cricket which give birth of new talent for the nation.

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