Controversy reigned supreme after Rangpur Riders suspected Dhaka Dynamites off-spinner Aliss Islam’s bowling action illegal claiming his arm appears to bend more than the tolerance limit of 15 degrees during bowling.
After conceding a 2-run defeat against Dhaka Dynamites on Friday, Rangpur Riders, in an official press release, claimed this.
Rangpur Riders also stressed that Aliss was reported for suspect action during his stint at First Division of Dhaka League. Though Aliss’ action was reviewed, Rangpur Riders raised concerns regarding his bowling action.
“We were informed 4 days earlier that out of draft player can be included in Teams and Al Islam was included in Dhaka Dynamites squad in that regard. Although we did not have any official problem regarding his inclusion but it is to be mentioned that his name is in the suspected bowling action list from the first division of Dhaka League. We have been told that his action was reviewed but looking at his bowling action in today’s (Friday) match it seems that his action has not yet been rectified and it seem his arm bends more than the tolerance limit of 15 degree while he is bowling, especially when he is bowling his “Dusra” deliveries,” stated Rangpur Riders’ press-release.
Meanwhile, Aliss denied the allegations and stated that though there can be confusion regarding his bowling action but there is nothing wrong with his bowling action.
“No, it (bowling action) didn’t come under controversy ever. However, everybody was pondering... No, actually it isn’t questionable at all,” defended Aliss.
Aliss was enjoying his new-found fame and narrated the story of his journey to BPL. He began his cricket career in Kathalbagan Green Cresent Club playing second division cricket for few years and later was promoted in the First Division where a scout of Dynamites saw him performing and made arrangements so that he could be on the nets of Dynamites.
“I was the net bowler of Dhaka Dynamites. Previously I’ve played in First division of Dhaka. While practicing bowling in net, Shujon Sir (the coach of Dhaka, Khaled Mahmud) after watching me said that he believed that I could play well in the BPL and later took me to his team. Then the team management and players supported me,” Aliss told reporters while introducing himself at Mirpur after the match.
Aliss said that he was confident of making a comeback despite missing three catches earlier and even when he was hit for two successive fours in the first two deliveries of his last over.
Aliss, who brought back Dynamites back into the game by removing Rossouw that also ended his 121-run third wicket partnership with Mohammad Mithun to stop Riders from advancing to victory without any problem had his share of bad luck when he dropped a few catches.
Aliss began his demolition act in the next over when he dismissed Mithun (49), Mashrafee bin Murtaza (0) and Farhad Reza (0) to complete his hat-trick while proved his real class as he kept his cool in the final over while defending 14 runs.
“Actually it was my first match of BPL. To be frank it was my first match in a stadium. I was, literally, too nervous. But after dropping the catches the teammates supported me to a great extent and so did the coach. Everybody provided me with enough strength. Consequently, I believed that if I could place the ball at the right place then something positive might take place. I just wanted to bowl at the right place,” said Alliss.
“Actually, I bowled the first two balls outside the stump and Shofiul bhai scored as he got on his comfort zone and at that point I was thinking to bowl to the stamp. However, I had that self-confidence that I could make it,” said Aliss adding skipper Shakib al Hasan encouraged him during his history making over when he claimed the hat-trick.
‘’Shakib bhai just said was that it was going all good, just keep placing the ball at the right place,’’ he added.