BCL 2012-13, 3rd round, 2nd day January 9, 2013

Mehrab-Ayub partnership breaks Bangladesh record

Mehrab Hossain jnr and Marshall Ayub, who have built an unbeaten stand of 472 for the fifth wicket, a Bangladesh record, have spent a lot of time together in the middle over the years
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Marshall Ayub and Mehrab Hossain jnr are in the middle of the biggest partnership in Bangladesh's first-class cricket. The pair, playing for Central Zone, has so far added 472 runs for the fifth wicket against East Zone, beating the previous highest of 420 between Ayub and Mohammad Ashraful, which was scored more than six years ago.

The record stand has ensured a place in the final for Central, who just needed a point to qualify; they are now 528 for four, and it is likely that captain Mosharraf Hossain would allow them to get to personal milestones, as well as the collective one. The record for the highest fifth-wicket stand in first-class cricket currently is held by Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara, who added 520 runs without being separated, for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy in 2008.

Ayub and Mehrab reached their highest first-class scores as well. Mehrab crossed his previous highest of 196, while Ayub scored his second double-century of the season. Ayub's previous best was a knock of 209, during which he had shared a substantial fourth-wicket stand of 311, also with Mehrab.

"We have been batting well as a pair for a long time, and whenever I have come to bat for any first-class team, it is normally Marshall [Ayub] who is at the crease at No. 4," Mehrab, who bats at No. 6 for both Dhaka Metropolis and Central Zone, told ESPNcricinfo. "Our initial target was to get the team to a safe score, and then from the second morning, I counterattacked so that they eased the fielding placements and we could stay in for a long period."

"There wasn't much help in the Bogra wicket for the bowlers, but I thought Nabil Samad and Tapash Baisya bowled well. We had to ride it out even this morning but once we were on top, we batted comfortably," he said.

Ayub was reminded of the 420-run stand with Ashraful, in which he had scored 145. "I think the difference between that stand in Chittagong and this one is that I got a life in that game in 2006 whereas here it was a clean knock. There was one chance at short midwicket but it was a tough one so I wouldn't count it.

"My first target today was to move from 95 not out to a century, and once I crossed the 150-mark, a double-hundred was on my mind, as it is going to be my second for the season. Tomorrow I would like to think of getting a triple-hundred, but in batting you cannot predict anything. One good ball and it will be all over," said Ayub.

The two, who have known each other since their Under-13 days in the Dhaka age-group competitions, have had several productive partnerships this season too. "Invariably we have added 40-50 runs quickly whenever we have batted together. We wanted to do the same yesterday after we lost four early wickets. But now it has become a great achievement," Mehrab said.

They will have the chance to improving on it, and maybe break more records.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on January 10, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    This BCL is new and competitive cricket tournament which help us to find talent cricketers. And so far this tournament at least most competitive. That's good sign to develop our cricket in test arena. I always request to BCB to find some way to run the cricket all the year. Particularly think about rainy season May to Sep every year. So BCB should arrange in advance away matches during rainy season. Basically send our A team & development team for oversees tour. We expect some good result upcoming Srilanka series.

  • britishcricketfan on January 12, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    hopefully mehrab, marshall and mominul will get good experience with the A team and possibly ODI's later in the year. they should play in the A team and ODI teams before being promoted to test team, they shouldnt be rushed into the test team. with nasir, shakib, mushy and riyad also in the middle order, things looking good....

  • Tamimfan on January 12, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    shows the sorry state bowling in the country. and the flat tracks which are like highways providng no help for medium pacers.

  • TheRisingTeam on January 10, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Its good that despite Bangladesh for some stupid reason not playing enough test matches are still taking the long form game seriously. The jealous critics of Bangladesh are just scared and of course against growing Cubs who will soon turn to Tigers :D

  • on January 10, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Ayub, Mehrab and such players should be sent to away tours more frequently. Even Anamul, Mominul should play for the A teams. It's too early to suggest that they will do well in Test. BCB isn't that poor now, so more tours can be arranged at our own cost.

  • Rafelgibt on January 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Good to see that our young talented players are really on the phase of improving every single day......Congrats to both Mehrab & Ayub for their outstanding achievement......Kindly keep playing on.....i would also like to request our team selectors that the time has come to go for 3 different teams for 3 formats of the game....That doesn't mean that we will play 33 different players in 3 formats but at least we can ensure that the most suitable player is in the right format of the game.....For example- Naeem, Mominul, Mehrab,Ayub, Enamul (jnr) etc. for the Test Team not for the ODIs.....on the other hand players like Ziaur, Shahriar, Imrul,Junaid etc should be considered for the ODIs & T20s not for Tests.....Rest of the current National players must be considered for all 3 formats of the game.....This way players will be always in the proper competition to be proved themselves..... Roar Tigers Roar>>>>>

  • on January 10, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Both of them are passing extensive form in this season. They should be picked to our test team. Marshall Ayub can be perfect No.4 while Nayeem Islam should be No.3 for our test best XI. Mehrab jnr should be in best 15.

  • on January 10, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Good to see our boys showing real test cricket temperament. This is going to give confidence to tigers in international arena.

  • Rezwan1492 on January 10, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    you are well on track to get into the bangladesh test team.. and guys, lets not say BD here, its our country, i prefer to say it BANGLADESH... let everyone see, who's got the talent...

  • on January 10, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Both Mehrab and Marshal should be included in BD Test team

  • on January 10, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    This BCL is new and competitive cricket tournament which help us to find talent cricketers. And so far this tournament at least most competitive. That's good sign to develop our cricket in test arena. I always request to BCB to find some way to run the cricket all the year. Particularly think about rainy season May to Sep every year. So BCB should arrange in advance away matches during rainy season. Basically send our A team & development team for oversees tour. We expect some good result upcoming Srilanka series.

  • britishcricketfan on January 12, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    hopefully mehrab, marshall and mominul will get good experience with the A team and possibly ODI's later in the year. they should play in the A team and ODI teams before being promoted to test team, they shouldnt be rushed into the test team. with nasir, shakib, mushy and riyad also in the middle order, things looking good....

  • Tamimfan on January 12, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    shows the sorry state bowling in the country. and the flat tracks which are like highways providng no help for medium pacers.

  • TheRisingTeam on January 10, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Its good that despite Bangladesh for some stupid reason not playing enough test matches are still taking the long form game seriously. The jealous critics of Bangladesh are just scared and of course against growing Cubs who will soon turn to Tigers :D

  • on January 10, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Ayub, Mehrab and such players should be sent to away tours more frequently. Even Anamul, Mominul should play for the A teams. It's too early to suggest that they will do well in Test. BCB isn't that poor now, so more tours can be arranged at our own cost.

  • Rafelgibt on January 10, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Good to see that our young talented players are really on the phase of improving every single day......Congrats to both Mehrab & Ayub for their outstanding achievement......Kindly keep playing on.....i would also like to request our team selectors that the time has come to go for 3 different teams for 3 formats of the game....That doesn't mean that we will play 33 different players in 3 formats but at least we can ensure that the most suitable player is in the right format of the game.....For example- Naeem, Mominul, Mehrab,Ayub, Enamul (jnr) etc. for the Test Team not for the ODIs.....on the other hand players like Ziaur, Shahriar, Imrul,Junaid etc should be considered for the ODIs & T20s not for Tests.....Rest of the current National players must be considered for all 3 formats of the game.....This way players will be always in the proper competition to be proved themselves..... Roar Tigers Roar>>>>>

  • on January 10, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Both of them are passing extensive form in this season. They should be picked to our test team. Marshall Ayub can be perfect No.4 while Nayeem Islam should be No.3 for our test best XI. Mehrab jnr should be in best 15.

  • on January 10, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Good to see our boys showing real test cricket temperament. This is going to give confidence to tigers in international arena.

  • Rezwan1492 on January 10, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    you are well on track to get into the bangladesh test team.. and guys, lets not say BD here, its our country, i prefer to say it BANGLADESH... let everyone see, who's got the talent...

  • on January 10, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Both Mehrab and Marshal should be included in BD Test team

  • ExtremeSpeed on January 9, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    These Bangladesh Cricket League matches should be televised in Bangladesh channels i.e. channel 9 or anything so it will give us fans the bigger picture on what's going on in this short competition. I heard rumours that the final will be a day/night and be played for 5 days but will it be televised? if not then they should consider for next season.

    Marshall should only be part of our test plans and Zia for limited overs so both will know their roles for the team well. Our batting is fine now, its our bowling and lack of ability to take 20 test match wickets which is the main problem and this needs to be addressed seriously by BCB.

  • Milonedru on January 9, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Its the right time to have a call for Marshall. He is 24 years of age. Like Gazi, he is matured enough for international cricket. Ziaur Rahman can be considereed for ODI also as no.7 or 8 batsman as he can change the face of a match single danded with bat and can bowl modest medium pace. Looking forward to see Marshall Ayub in test and Ziaur in T20 and ODIs in 2013. And think seriously about Nazmul and Enamul. Nazmul is far better than Shahadat or even Rubel & Enamul jnr is better than Elias Sunny.

  • Warm_Coffee on January 9, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Bangladesh 2013 test 11 - Tamim, Anamul, Marshall, Naeem, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Rubel and Shafiul.

    Reserves: Shahriar, Abul, Nazmul, Sunny, Tapash and Enamul.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Marshal Ayub should b picked for BD Test squad. BD top order seems too weak in test cricket apart 4m Tamim. Naeem was ecstatic in Mirpur test last year. Ayub can b another new addition in BD top order in 2013.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on January 9, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    good more batters, what we need- Marshal and also Mehrab will get an opportunity. But also we need pacers, if we find and he performs than Bangladesh will erase the 'minnow' tag

  • on January 9, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Well done guys keep performing and you will get your call to national team soon Or later

  • on January 9, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I really like this new BCL great idea and its good Bangladesh are finally taking the right steps to lead Bangladesh Cricket to all sorts of levels. Marshall has to be part of Bangladesh test plans now and definitely for the tour to Sri Lanka next month as he looks like the solution for the number 3 position. He can also bowl very good leg breaks so technically another all-rounder for Bangladesh and this means that Bangladesh have all their varieties in the spin department leg, off and slow left arm. We need these sort of scores in the test matches but the good thing is that players like Anamul, Naeem and Marshall have the temperament to stabilize the Bangladesh order and players like Tamim can naturally attack. Abul Hasan still cannot get a wicket so he really needs to sort out his bowling and despite his success with the bat, should not be included for Bangladesh series in 2013 and in that time, should work on his bowling especially on how to get regular wickets.

  • on January 9, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Good sign for BD cricket. Congratulation to both of you guys .

  • on January 9, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Good sign for BD cricket. Congratulation to both of you guys .

  • on January 9, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I really like this new BCL great idea and its good Bangladesh are finally taking the right steps to lead Bangladesh Cricket to all sorts of levels. Marshall has to be part of Bangladesh test plans now and definitely for the tour to Sri Lanka next month as he looks like the solution for the number 3 position. He can also bowl very good leg breaks so technically another all-rounder for Bangladesh and this means that Bangladesh have all their varieties in the spin department leg, off and slow left arm. We need these sort of scores in the test matches but the good thing is that players like Anamul, Naeem and Marshall have the temperament to stabilize the Bangladesh order and players like Tamim can naturally attack. Abul Hasan still cannot get a wicket so he really needs to sort out his bowling and despite his success with the bat, should not be included for Bangladesh series in 2013 and in that time, should work on his bowling especially on how to get regular wickets.

  • on January 9, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Well done guys keep performing and you will get your call to national team soon Or later

  • SyedAreYouDumb on January 9, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    good more batters, what we need- Marshal and also Mehrab will get an opportunity. But also we need pacers, if we find and he performs than Bangladesh will erase the 'minnow' tag

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Marshal Ayub should b picked for BD Test squad. BD top order seems too weak in test cricket apart 4m Tamim. Naeem was ecstatic in Mirpur test last year. Ayub can b another new addition in BD top order in 2013.

  • Warm_Coffee on January 9, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Bangladesh 2013 test 11 - Tamim, Anamul, Marshall, Naeem, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Rubel and Shafiul.

    Reserves: Shahriar, Abul, Nazmul, Sunny, Tapash and Enamul.

  • Milonedru on January 9, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Its the right time to have a call for Marshall. He is 24 years of age. Like Gazi, he is matured enough for international cricket. Ziaur Rahman can be considereed for ODI also as no.7 or 8 batsman as he can change the face of a match single danded with bat and can bowl modest medium pace. Looking forward to see Marshall Ayub in test and Ziaur in T20 and ODIs in 2013. And think seriously about Nazmul and Enamul. Nazmul is far better than Shahadat or even Rubel & Enamul jnr is better than Elias Sunny.

  • ExtremeSpeed on January 9, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    These Bangladesh Cricket League matches should be televised in Bangladesh channels i.e. channel 9 or anything so it will give us fans the bigger picture on what's going on in this short competition. I heard rumours that the final will be a day/night and be played for 5 days but will it be televised? if not then they should consider for next season.

    Marshall should only be part of our test plans and Zia for limited overs so both will know their roles for the team well. Our batting is fine now, its our bowling and lack of ability to take 20 test match wickets which is the main problem and this needs to be addressed seriously by BCB.

  • on January 10, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Both Mehrab and Marshal should be included in BD Test team

  • Rezwan1492 on January 10, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    you are well on track to get into the bangladesh test team.. and guys, lets not say BD here, its our country, i prefer to say it BANGLADESH... let everyone see, who's got the talent...