Shamim Hossain (7 not out) drew Wafadar Momand for a winning boundary. Bangladesh won its first bilateral T20 series against Afghanistan. “We had the conviction that we would find it,” Shakib stated. After rain delayed the game for more than an hour, it was trimmed to 17 overs, and Afghanistan scored 116-7.
Shakib Al Hasan bowled 2/15 in 3 overs before hitting an unbeaten 18 as Bangladesh successfully pursued a total of 119 in 17 overs in the rain-soaked second T20.
Shakib Al Hasan delivered a captain’s effort as Bangladesh won the two-match Twenty20 series against Afghanistan by six wickets using the DLS technique on Sunday. Shakib Al Hasan bowled 2-15 in three overs before hitting an unbeaten 18 as Bangladesh successfully pursued 119 in 17 overs in the rain-soaked second T20 international. The hosts won with five balls to spare, finishing 119-4.
“We wouldn’t want to make an excuse,” Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan remarked following the loss. Shakib won the toss and elected to bat. Taskin Ahmed (3-33) removed openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai in the third over, leaving Afghanistan 16-2.
Ibrahim Zadran and Mohammad Nabi rebuilt the innings, but the rain break at 39-2 was a diversion. After the game resumed, pacer Mustafizur Rahman (2-30) got through with the wicket of Nabi (16). Shakib then joined in on the fun. He had Ibrahim caught for 22 by Afif Hossain before spinning one past Najibullah Zadran, putting Afghanistan at 67-5.
Azmatullah Omarzai (25) and Karim Janat (20) combined for 42 runs to take Afghanistan’s total to 100. But Taskin and Mustafizur stopped them in their tracks. Bangladesh appeared to be on its way to a comfortable victory after openers Liton Das (35) and Afif (24) put on 67 runs.
Afghanistan gained some optimism as offspinner Mujib Ur Rahman (2-28) dismissed Liton and Afif in three balls. Omarzai caused more difficulties for Bangladesh by removing Najmul Hossain (4) and Towhid Hridoy (19). Bangladesh led the series with a two-wicket victory in the opening match, defeating Janat’s stunning last-over hat trick.
Bangladesh made two changes from that game, replacing Rony Talukdar and Shoriful Islam with batter Afif and fast bowler Hasan Mahmud. Afghanistan made one change, replacing pacer Farid Ahmad with pacer Momand. Afghanistan won the one-off test by a record 546 runs before winning the three-match ODI series 2-1.
Following Afghanistan’s ascent, the U-19 coach requests that the BCCI assist Iran in developing cricket.
Iran U-19 coach Asghar Ali Raeisi has asked the BCCI, probably the most potent cricketing body, for financial aid in building a world-class stadium in Chabahar. Raeisi has asked the BCCI to teach aspiring cricketers in the region in the hopes that they may be selected for the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).
The coach also claimed that Indian cricketing superstars MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have a large following among cricket fans in the country. The coach also told ANI that he occasionally watches films of Dhoni and Kohli to help Iranian cricketers understand the game better.
“Iranian cricketers take inspiration from MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and other young Indian cricket players,” Raeisi remarked.
Raeisi believes that unsuitable infrastructure and training facilities prevent Iranian cricketers from reaching their full potential.
“Iranian players have the ability to play good international cricket.” However, we need more infrastructure to train them. “I wanted India to help us build the stadium so that Iranian players could prove their worth around the world,” Raeisi explained.
“We want the Indian cricket management, BCCI, to train our players and umpires in Iran so that our players can also play well,” he continued. He expects the help will result in “Iranian players participating in IPL matches.”
People in Iran are also fond of the Indian cricket team, and supporters were dissatisfied when India did not win the recent World Test Championship (WTC) final in the Oval in June.
According to ANI, the Chabahar Free Zone (CFZ) has set aside ten hectares of land to construct a 4,000-seat cricket stadium.
The BCCI has previously assisted in developing cricket in Afghanistan, and several players from the war-torn country have competed in the IPL.
Afghanistan received their own stadium in Greater Noida in 2017, where they even played international matches against Ireland. The cricket authority also gave them venues in Dehradun and Lucknow.
Afghanistan has subsequently produced a slew of cricketers, with spinner Rashid Khan and former captain Mohammad Nabi standing out. Mujeeb Ur Rahaman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Noor Ahmad, and Naveen ul Haq are among the more well-known individuals who have competed in the lucrative T20 competition.
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