Friday, December 4, 2015, Agrahayan 20, 1422 BS, Safar 21, 1437 Hijri

Bangladesh throw 'bookies' out of premier league
Rashedul Islam Ratul From Chittagong
Published :Friday, 4 December, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 17

At least four suspected bookmakers have been thrown out of cricket stadiums during the ongoing scandal-tainted Bangladesh Premier League, in efforts to ensure the tournament is graft free, an official said Thursday.
BPL secretary Ismail Haider Mallick said anti-corruption officials had spotted the four whom they suspected of placing bets on behalf of clients during Twenty20 league matches, which is illegal in Bangladesh.
"We don't have the law to put them behind bars so we opted to throw them out (of the grounds)," Mallick told AFP, without revealing the nationalities of those identified.
The BPL, modelled on the glitzy and lucrative Indian Cricket League (IPL), resumed in November after its 2013 edition was blighted by a match-fixing scandal involving players and team owners.
An embarrassed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cancelled last year's edition but now believes its house is in order.
However local media this week labelled a November 30 match "dubious" after several incidents, including a bowler conceding numerous runs in a single over, including with a no-ball and wides, during the Barisal Bulls' win over the Chittagong Vikings.
"We cannot investigate a match simply based on media reports," said Mallick. "Our anti-corruption officials are active in every ground and hotel. If they find anything fishy only then we will investigate."
Nearly 50 foreign cricketers, including Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and West Indies' Chris Gayle, are taking part in the six-franchise tournament.    ?AFP

We didn't assess wicket well:  Jurgensen

The Rangpur batters showed a poor batting that cost them a six wickets defeat to Barisal. After the match Rangpur coach Shane Jurgensen said it happened because they did not assess the wicket well.
He said, "We didn't assess the wicket well, and probably played a bit aggressive. You have to play like that in T20s but we look back now at how we lost the wickets, we just needed a few more runs."
The way Soumya and Shakib were dismissed was odd. Both of them got out playing poor shot. Losing those wickets in power play Rangpur suffered the defeat and Jurgensen said that was not their plan to lose wickets in first six overs.
He said, "The shot selection in the match wasn't been what we would like. It was not in our plans to lose that many wickets in the first six overs. We are disappointed as a group after playing so well in the last game and then turn up two days later, and be convincingly beaten."
"We speak about adapting to conditions. We didn't do that today. It wasn't a 170 wicket but we didn't play all that smartly unfortunately. It is disappointing with the amount of talent we have in our line-up. Another 10-15 runs could have been a big difference now in the end result," said Jurgensen.
The former national team coach also thinks in T20 they will win who make less mistakes.
He said, "When you walk out there, it is bat against ball. You have to play and see it as it comes. We have to look at how we assess the pitch. Nature of T20 cricket is that you can lose the game in the first six overs. The team that make less mistakes will win the game in such a short game."

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