Fans continue protesting demanding to return Riyad to the World Cup team
Mahmudullah Riyad has not been kept in the Bangladesh team for the upcoming T20 World Cup. His fans are angry for not being given a place in the team. So his fans made a human chain in front of the gate of Mirpur Stadium to return him to the team. This human chain has been going on for several days.
Riyad fans chanted in front of gate number one of Mirpur Stadium saying, “Our only demand is we want Riyad back in the World Cup team.” Apart from Mirpur, Riyad fans have arranged human chain in several other places.
A cricket lover who participated in the human bond said, “Our only demand is that Riyad Bhai be given a chance in the World Cup.
He will definitely do well. We believe he is a good all-rounder.”
Riyad has not been in good form for a long time. There are also many questions about his batting in T20. His batting failure in the Asia Cup was conspicuous. Mushfiqur retired from T20 amid criticism. Many thought Riyad could do the same. The cricket board wanted to give him an opportunity to retire from the field, but Riyad returned the offer. He informed the board that he wants to play for 2 more years.
Meanwhile, a fan who came to bring Riyad back to the World Cup team said that he does not see a better option than Riyad. The fan said, “Though I am a fan of Riyad Bhai, I admit that he is not able to bat the way he should in T20. But who can do it? Others are not able to score like Riyad Bhai.”
After being left out of the World Cup team, Riyad is in trouble. The one-time essential player of Team Bangladesh is not saying anything about being left out in the media. However, Riyad’s wife expressed her anger on social media. Without mentioning anyone’s name, he wrote on Facebook, “Deserving people are not respected in this country”.
Mushfiq is not in the team due to retirement. Tamim also unavailable. Riyad fans are talking about keeping Riyad in the team even from the point of view of experience. However, BCB has not yet opened up in this regard.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz hit his maiden one-day international century and took two key wickets as Bangladesh prevailed in a five-run win over India on Wednesday.
Bangladesh take an unassailable 2-0 series lead going into Saturday’s final match.
The all-rounder Miraz made an unbeaten 100 and put on 148 runs for the seventh wicket alongside Mahmudullah Riyad to pull Bangladesh out from a precarious 69-6 and post 271-7 in Dhaka.
India skipper Rohit Sharma batted at number nine with an injured thumb and hit an unbeaten 51 off 28 balls to give Bangladesh a scare as India ended on 266-9 in 50 overs.
“Feeling very happy. Winning the series as captain – it’s a dream come true,” skipper Liton Das, who led Bangladesh in his first ever ODI series after regular captain Tamim Iqbal missed out due to injury, said after the triumph.
Liton added: “We lost six wickets but the way Miraz and Riyad bhai played was outstanding.”
Rohit, who hit five sixes in his blitz and needed a six to win on the final ball when Mustafizur Rahman held his nerve, had gone for scans after he took a hit while attempting a catch at slip in Bangladesh’s innings.
Rohit dropped Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque in the second over of the match as the ball seemed to caught his webbing between the thumb and first finger with blood oozing out as he walked off the field.
“Honestly, the thumb is not too great,” said Rohit. “Some dislocation on the finger, but not a fracture, which is why I could come and bat.”
Mehidy, who opened the bowling with his off spin, returned figures of 2-46 as he struck with the wickets of KL Rahul, out lbw for 14, and Shreyas Iyer, who top-scored with 82.
Fast bowler Ebadot Hossain stood out with three wickets including Virat Kohli bowled for five and later cut short the left-handed Axar Patel’s knock on 56.
But Mehidy and former captain Mahmudullah set up victory with the highest seventh-wicket stand against India by any team in 50-over matches as thwarted an inspired bowling attack.
India’s Mohammed Siraj led the attack after he removed the openers and fellow quick Umran Malik, who also took two, soon joined forces to push Bangladesh onto the backfoot.
Mystery spinner Washington Sundar struck three times in seven deliveries including the key wickets of Shakib Al Hasan (eight) and Mushfiqur Rahim (12).
Mehidy, who starred in his team’s opening win by one wicket, hit back and reached his third ODI fifty and soon after Mahmudullah got his 27th half-century. The duo then shifted gears with regular boundaries.
Umran, a tearaway quick, finally got Mahmudullah caught behind but Mehidy kept up the charge to reach his hundred on the final ball of the innings in an unbeaten stand of 54 with Nasum Ahmed, who made 18.
Bangladesh were winning their second successive series against India after they got past them in their previous meeting at home in 2015.