Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 February 10, 2013

A tumultuous week for the League

A look back at the highs and lows from the third week of the Bangladesh Premier League

The local flavor
The local players have made an impact in the second season of the BPL, compared to last year, when they were inconspicious. In the third week of the competition, seven out of the top ten run-scorers are Bangladeshis.

In the Rangpur Riders-Duronto Rajshahi game on February 4, it was the local players who attracted all the attention. Shamsur Rahman, Junaid Siddique and Nasir Hossain batted merrily for the Riders while Jahurul Islam kept wickets for Rajshahi. Between them, these players were on the field for nearly 15.3 overs. While the Rangpur batsmen batted well, their inability to clear the boundary was also apparent, with just four sixes in the innings. Rajshahi had an easy chase, thanks to a fifty from Tamim Iqbal and an unbeaten 38 from Jahurul.

Angry Asif
The bowlers' celebrations have made for the most amusing scenes at the BPL. The most talked about celebrations have come from Khulna bowler Asif Ahmed, who scowls after a wicket. Ahmed was in the news for giving rude send-offs to Sabbir Rahman and Tamim Iqbal.

Against Chittagong, Ahmed took a catch to dismiss captain Brendan Taylor. He promptly turned around and asked for the crowd to quiet down, only to realise that the only audience he had were a group of policemen seated far away in the grandstand.

The close shave
One could sense something was amiss before the Rajshahi-Khulna game. There weren't too many Rajshahi players warming up ahead of the match and the reserve umpire and match referee were lingering around their dressing room, talking to the team owner.

It was soon clear that all was not right with the team as Tamim Iqbal headed out for the toss. He had only done the job in the first two games before Jahurul Islam and Chamara Kapugedera were given the task. Later, Kapugedera confirmed that the players had revolted due to unpaid salaries and had decided to play the game 20 minutes before start of play.

The captaincy mystery
The seven franchises in this year's BPL have been captained by 15 players so far. Mostly, the changes have been due to injury, but in some cases, there have been resignations, lack of enjoyment and even a player revolt.

Duronto Rajshahi has been led by three players - Tamim, Jahurul and Kapugedera -- though the man originally given the onus, Simon Katich, hasn't captained in a single game. Tamim was the captain in the first two games before Jahurul took over. The wicket-keeper batsman struggled and asked the team owner to appoint another captain, after which Kapugedera was given the responsibility.

Mahmudullah suddenly stopped captaining Chittagong Kings, stating that he wasn't enjoying the role. Brendan Taylor took over and has enjoyed moderate success. Towards the end of their campaign, Khulna had a change in leadership, too, when Shahriar Nafees texted his resignation to the team owner, handing over the reigns to Lou Vincent. Alok Kapali led Barisal Burners in the absence of their regular captain, Brad Hodge who arrived in the later stages of the tournament. Abdur Razzak sat out a game for Rangpur Riders due to injury and was replaced by Nasir Hossain and Suharwadi Shuvo, too, led Sylhet Royals in place of the injured Mushfiqur Rahim.

The captaincy switch that had tongues wagging occurred when Mohammad Ashraful led Dhaka Gladiators, in place of Mashrafe Mortaza. The latter claimed he was fully fit, contradicting a statement released by the franchise that he was struggling with back pain.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Nesar on February 11, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    I am enjoying BPL more this year than last year, and thanks Channel 9 for televising all the BPL games. I wish BCB should thing seriously to own a channel just to show BD games including the coming franchise based longer version cricket. Today's board is way richer than the board 5 years ago, and out of about 30 channels, nobody seems interested to show the longer version cricket all day long in their channels.

  • Smith on February 11, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    That's why you shouldn't give so many matches in Dhaka because the grounds will hardly get filled apart from maybe Dhaka matches but even then when they play hardly so many people from Dhaka come and watch. Don't understand why Syhlet cannot host matches but then again that's Bangladesh politics for you. Places like Syhlet and especially Chittagong can instantly fill grounds in moments.

  • Satish Chandar on February 11, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    ROFL for Asif's "Quiet down" celebrations :-)

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    As long as the team owners pay the players, ten its ok. The players are giving it their all. They deserve to be paid on time and as promised.

  • Sachit on February 10, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Be it IPL, BPL or Big Bash league, they all lack maturity. Money men sitting on top of players heads and asking for unnecessary explanations. It's Cricket, it 2 play, one has to loose. If they want to double up their money then they should invest somewhere else not Cricket. But anyways good entertainment for public and some practice for players so it would go on. Boards atleast need to start acting maturely and ensure that players interest is protected and any outrage does not go out of control. Ultimately setback for any great player would effect his performance in international Cricket also.

  • Mahin on February 10, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Don't care the media controversies....... BPL Rocks!

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