Title aspirants Dhaka Abahani Limited are hoping to defend their unbeaten run in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL), said head coach Khaled Mahmud on Thursday.
Abahani had won all their DPL matches so far and with the strength of the squad their coach’s aspiration cannot be taken as a day-dream.“Of course there are lots of chances (unbeaten champions). Our team is good. Cricket is a funny game. We might fail if it’s not our day but I think that we should win all the matches,” Mahmud told reporters on Thursday.
“I can’t recall when was the last time we came with such a strong team in the DPL,” he said adding that the only concerning area is that their top-order is not blazing as expected.
“The top-order is not scoring big. Wasim scored 74 runs, Omi (Jahurul Islam) knocked a century in the last match. The top order requires century. If someone from the top plays a big innings, then it becomes easy for our middle order,” said Mahmud.
“The top-order scored runs, but not as expected. There are players like Zafar, Omi, Soumya (Soumya Sarkar). All of them are big run scorers. I hope that the big guns will fire,” said Sujon
“Our middle order is very strong; we have Mosaddek, Mithun and Sabbir. All of them are great players. So, If run comes from top-order, then it will be easy for everyone,” he added.
Mahmud added that the arrival of off-spinning all-rounder Mehedi Hasan is expected to bolster the strength but his unavailability is not a matter of concern for Abahani.“Definitely his arrival will bolster our strength. We may not get Miraz tomorrow (today). But I think the team is still balanced. So, it will be difficult to decide who he will replace,” he said
“But definitely our team is very strong team. Our opponents are also strong and in rhythm, they are playing a good cricket. So, hoping for a good game,” he added.
“Miraz isn’t here. He’s on vacation. I hope he will play from the next match,” said Sujon.
“Obviously, it is important that Saifuddin is building himself. He is playing well and batting well. I think he is the one for the long haul. He will play for many years if he stays fit,” said Sujon.
Abahani’s pace bowler Saifuddin, who had an injury scare, believes that he will grow in confidence with some good performance in the ongoing DPL.
‘’Though it was unexpected. I was supposed to have rest. Sir told me to bat. The wicket was a little wet. That’s why I lost balance lost and got hit by a little blow. I am healthy and fine by the grace of Almighty,” said Saifuddin.
“I was a little afraid as I had to do an MRI. But thankfully it came back positive,” he said.
“It is normal to be fearful of injuries as World Cup is knocking on the door. Everyone dreams of playing in World Cup. Besides, all the matches are important. My self-confidence will increase if I do well. I’m in rhythm, so I do not want to miss any DPL matche,” he said.
“I have worked in the gym. Debashish (BCB Physio) da gave a somes tests. Running, fitness, everything is positive. The team management will decide when to field me. I’m fit for the game,” he concluded.