বুধবার, ১৬ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Bane for pacemen


The season's transfer market for the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League may not have started yet, but it has already stamped its mark in the domestic arena with a few players signing whopping deals with the top-ranked clubs.Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, vice-captain Shakib Al Hasan, dashing opener Tamim Iqbal, who added more spice to the whole thing by making a somersault, and former national skipper Mohammad Ashraful all have already significantly improved their price tags to kick-start the transfer market with record deals with the country's two popular sides -- Abahani and Mohammedan.But there have been contrasting fortunes for the other national players like Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Rokibul Hasan, Syed Rasel, Enamul Haque as these players almost begged to get a team for this season.Especially the pace bowlers have been facing the adverse situation following Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) pool system where one club is eligible to sign a maximum of three players.Right-arm paceman Shahadat urged the game's governing body to keep the pacers out of pool so that they can avoid the painful situation.The lanky paceman talked with the reporters after signing for Kalabagan Krira Chakra from Bangladesh Biman yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The inter-club players' transfer is originally scheduled from September 29 to October 1, but a special arrangement has been made to accommodate the players of the Bangladesh A team who will be touring Indian state of Maharashtra from September 26 to October 17."It seems that I made a mistake by representing the national team. It's painful that nobody showed any interest in me. Thank God, I finally got a team. When some of my colleagues are getting huge amounts, players like me have been left suffering to even get a team. It's happened because of the pool system. I don't find any logic about it," complained Shahadat."Now nobody will show interest to become a pace bowler if this kind of trend continues. It is very sad that the pacers have never been rated either in the domestic scene or in the national side. Mashrafe is exceptional but think about Mohammad Rubel who is yet to get a team although he is a very promising pace bowler in the country," he said adding that the authority must take the matter seriously.Experienced paceman Tareq Aziz, who switched to Biman from Mohammedan, also echoed the sentiment though he is not in the pool."I think only the pacers have been suffering for the pool system and they should be kept out of the pool and there is no need to mention that I am getting less payment compared to the last season. It is also new experience to take part in a special transfer window though we had earlier participated in gorgeous transfer all together," said Tareq.A total of eight players -- Talha Jubair (to Biman from Abahani), Tareq (to Biman from Mohammedan), Imran Ahmed (to Biman from Abahani), Nafis Iqbal (to Mohammedan from Gazi Tank), Ziaur Rahman (to Gazi Tank from Abahani), Imrul Kayes (to Abahani from Gazi Tank), Sohrawordi Shuvo (to Gazi Tank from Mohammedan) and Shahadat (to Kalabagan from Biman) -- turned up yesterday to put pen to paper for their new clubs.Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak was supposed to sign for Gazi Tank from Biman but he is now in India for a family commitment."Razzak is now in India with his ailing mother and realistically could not attend today's window and if he is not given a special window to sign up, then we will request him to quit the Bangladesh A team," said Rokib Haider Pavel, co-ordinator of Gazi Tank.Hannan Sarker (Surjo Torun), Nazmul Hossain Milon (CCS), Sahagir Hossain (Abahani), Rajin Saleh (Surjo Torun) and Dollar Mahmud (Mohammedan) didn't turn up on the day as they stayed at their old clubs.The Premier Division Twenty20 Cricket League will start from October 10 while the one-day competition of the most coveted league is scheduled for October 23 to December 15.

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