20th National Cricket League
Rajshahi emerge unbeaten champs
BCB gives warm farewell to Rajin Salah
Rajin Salah Alam called an end to his career of two decades after appearing in his last first class match in Cox's Bazar on Thursday. He made 67 and 87 in the man of the match performance against Dhaka Division representing Sylhet and finished his first class career with 8481 runs that include 18 hundred. He was a member of the first Bangladesh Test squad. Rajin played 24 Tests and 43 ODIs for Bangladesh, who also captained the Bangladesh team in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy. Match referee Akhtar Ahmed handed over a crest that read 'The Bangladesh Cricket Board thanks Rajin Salah Alam for his long-standing service and contribution to Bangladesh cricket' at the end of match.
Beating Barisal by six wickets in the six round matches of the 20th National cricket league, Rajshahi regained the NCL crown after six years on Thursday, while Dhaka Division uplifted from tier-2 to tier-1 securing 29.35 rating points.
Junaid Siddique's unbeaten ton (120) berthed Rajshahi to their record sixth victory at Shahid Kamruzzaman Stadium, Rajshahi chasing 284 runs' winning target.
Earlier, Rajshahi sent Barisal to bat first winning the toss and tied them for 97. Mohor Sheikh hauled five wickets while Shafiul Islam and Farhad Reza took three and two wickets respectively.
But Barisal make comeback in the second innings and accumulated 346 runs riding on the bat of Al-Amin (97), Shamsul Islam (56) and Nuruzzaman (45). Farhad Reza picked up three wickets and Mohor Sheikh grasped three.
Rajshahi, thus, got winning target of 284 runs, who were bowled out for 160 in the first innings. But they reached the winning post convincingly losing four wickets. Besides Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam scored 64 runs.
With this victory Rajshahi clinched title leading the point table with 34.81 with two wins and four draws.
Junaid Siddique adjudged player of the match.
In Rajshahi's day of glory, Dhaka also got some occasions to celebrate since they promoted from tier-2 to tier-1 securing 29.51 points.
Dhaka Division drew with Sylhet Division at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground, Cox's Bazar.
The rest two matches of the last round NCL of current season also ended in draw.