Bangladesh domestic news December 1, 2012

New rule denies Talha Jubair shot at perfect ten

Dhaka Metropolis medium-pacer Talha Jubair took the first eight wickets to fall in the National Cricket League match against Rangpur Division in Bogra, but he was prevented from trying for all ten because of a new rule implemented by the Bangladesh board to protect players from injury. From this season, a seamer is allowed to bowl a maximum of 15 overs per day in Bangladesh's domestic first-class tournament.

Jubair took eight wickets in an opening spell that lasted 13 overs and spanned the entire first session. His last wicket came in his 11th over, and he sought permission to bowl more overs but the match referee Hemayet Ahmed did not allow it after Rangpur turned down the request. Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny took the remaining two wickets.

"Pace bowlers this season have been asked to bowl no more than 15 overs per day," said Hafiz Joarder, member secretary of BCB's tournament committee. "The technical committee has made this recommendation before the NCL started, and our physician has also approved of it.

"Many of our pace bowlers have had back and leg injuries in the past few seasons due to the hard grounds across the country. Not every outfield is like the one in Khulna or Mirpur."

Joarder said the BCB can enforce such a decree on the pace bowlers because it is a domestic tournament. "We can do it because it is being held domestically. We follow all the ICC rules and playing condition but we can include our own rules too."

Jubair's 8 for 35 is the best bowling figures in an innings for a Bangladeshi seamer in first-class cricket, beating Al-Amin Hossain's 7 for 37 from the 2011-12 season.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Aasife on December 4, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    I think the initiative is good, but the over limit should be at least 25. Otherwise, for prolonged spells in tests, later overs can be less effective due to lack of practice/experience. @FieryFerg - :)

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    maximum 15 over per day for pacer, i think its agood decision to keep pacer from injury according to grounds conditions. bcb should take plan to make quality pacer otherwise they have to suffer seriously in international cricket. i believe bd have enough talent to make high quality pacer.

  • Andrew on December 3, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    @FieryFerg on (December 01 2012, 22:01 PM GMT) - whilst I think the 15 over rule per day I think is not good - your last half of your comment is pretty clueless. Bangladesh are an improving Nation barely 12 years into Test status, they are tracking well & have uncovered some quality players of late.

  • Tim on December 2, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    15 overs is nowhere near enough. What if a team had a 4 pronged pace attack. They'd get 6 overs into a day and be forced to use part timers. This rule is pretty nonsensical. The teams should instead be educated on how to manage fast bowlers. Although nations such as Australia with all their sports science do a terrible job keeping young quicks fit.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on December 2, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @FieryFerg: I agree with ur 1st comment. But ur last sentence made no sense. Actually they r far better than those minnows & already established them as a Strong side in ODI. 160 runs win vs full strength World T20 champ WI is a proof of it.

  • Fergus on December 1, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    No wonder Bangla are a joke at Test level with stipulations like this. Their pace bowlers are appalling and their batsmen not much better against pace and yet they are denying one the opportunity to learn how to bowl second and third spells and the other the chance to develop against their weakness. The sooner they're dumped down to a second division with Zim, Ire, Scot, Netherlands, Afghan, Canada and possibly Namibia the better.

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