Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League news September 16, 2013

The curious case of forgotten hat-tricks

There were three similarities between the hat-tricks of Rubel Hossain and Tapash Baisya from Sunday's Dhaka Premier League matches. Both were the last three wickets of the first innings, both came in defeat, and inexplicably, both men did not immediately realise that it was a hat-trick.

In Rubel's case, it took a discussion in the following morning for him to suddenly remember, rather bashfully, that he took the wickets off the last ball of his second last over, and the first two balls of the last over. Neither did anyone at the ground figure out, as reflected in the newspaper reports of the Brothers Union-Gazi Tank match on Monday.

"It was a hat-trick, of course," Rubel told ESPNcricinfo. "I took the wicket of Suhrawadi Shuvo and then followed it up with Mehrab and Ehsanul's wicket. I didn't realise it at the time of the hat-trick."

Almost at the same time in Bogra, Baisya forgot too. In the final over of the Kalabagan Krira Chakra innings, he removed Naeem Islam, Shahadat Hossain and Rakibul Hasan off the last three balls. Sri Lanka allrounder Jeevan Mendis took the first two catches, and then reminded Baisya that he had completed the hat-trick after Rakibul's wicket.

"It was the last three balls of the innings, so there was not much to cheer about at the time," Baisya said. "Morever, I didn't even realise I got a hat-trick. Jeevan Mendis who took the last catch to dismiss Rakibul Hasan suddenly came and told me that it is a hat-trick."

Baisya's explanation seems plausible but there is also a hint of apathy that pace bowlers are handed in Bangladesh's domestic competitions. How attentive club officials missed two hat-tricks, particularly the Rubel one, seems odd. Batsmen and spinners are given more importance, mainly due to the conditions and wickets. But with fresh wickets used in all venues this year, some of which are also re-laid surfaces, the likes of Rubel, Baisya and Al-Amin Hossain have been successful so far.

Al-Amin took six wickets when Abahani shot out CCS for just 35 runs, albeit the wicket had very little bounce on it. Rubel took six wickets against Khelaghar in the opening match, followed up by the five-for in Sunday's game against Brothers Union.

"The ball kept low in BKSP-3, so I just had to maintain a tight line and length," Rubel said. "It is difficult for the batsmen, because it suddenly sinks on them.

"I have started off very well, which makes me very happy. I really needed this after the poor form, injury and illness in Zimbabwe."

Rubel also saw these wickets as an opportunity to remind the clubs that pace bowlers are necessary in the scheme of things. Previously, the BCB employed a pool system for national cricketers which meant that each club would be able to take just take two players each. Usually, the bigger clubs avoided filling up these spots with pace bowlers, who then had to find smaller clubs with less pay.

"Bangladesh's pace bowlers had trouble finding a club due to the pool system," Rubel said. "But this year's players-by-choice has opened up a lot of doors for the pacers. The clubs are not interested in us, so it is important to do well for our future."

Whether the clubs put emphasis on good fast bowling or not, an in-form Rubel is necessary for Bangladesh's plans against New Zealand next month. He has used the league to get in form, and prove a point or two on the way.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    This is called lack of presence of mind in the field which was clearly demonstrated by Jeevan Mandis. BD players lack discipline on field. Player like Rubel Hossain who played for National Side must have these kind of in play consciousness even at the time when your team is loosing. Sakib and Mushfiq has been talking about lack of concentration and knowledge in cricketers in BD for sometime. BD needs to get a Real coach who can teach the boys the extra element of cricket. The talent is RAW in BD. Club levels should also start bringing coaches from outside.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    BCB should search for young talents ( bowlers ) like Taskin Ahmed .

  • Raghunath on September 16, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Definition of hat-trick should be changed. Must qualify only if it happens in one over....

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    you can't expect quality pace bowlers without putting input. BCB should search for young stars from the school level at the age 10 to 15 and train them 5/7 years in pace academy. only few age level tournament will not give you quality players. Again there must be some fast tracks in domestic cricket otherwise bangladesh team will be filled with batsman and spinners, without quality pace bowling don't dream to win a single match in abroad.

  • Zeeshan on September 16, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    They were engrossed. They were intensely involved. They only cared about the game. I doubt if all the buildings around them were exploding, they would even flinch -- like the action movie heroes. Respect fellas! Performance and results come first, accolades and the rest have curious way of taking care of themselves. Although it is not enough for Tapash Baisya to get a call, I am looking forward to see Rubel in action.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    BD should pay more concern to nourish pace talent. The guys like Rubel Hossain is for nothing at all ... they are very poor performing player ...

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