Mahmudullah capitlise on NCL to prep for India tour

Sports Correspondent

21 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Mahmudullah capitlise on NCL to prep for India tour

Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad took National Cricket League (NCL) as a perfect platform to prepare with bat and ball for the upcoming tour of India, scheduled to start from November 3.

After doing well with the cherry in the opening round of NCL, the national team’s senior member have scored a superb century in the second round of ongoing NCL against Sylhet Division, though it went in vain.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) eyeing to set NCL as a focal point to stir the national team cricketers ahead of three-match T20 series and two- match Test series with which they will also open their account in ICC Test Championships, Mahmudullah Riyad seemed to have taken the opportunity with both hands to get loads of confidence from the tournament.

After scoring two back-to-back fifties in his first two innings of NCL, the all-rounder has now played another 111-run innings off 243 balls decorated with 6 fours and a six.

Mahmudullah came up with the innings after the all-rounder scored a fifty (63) hitting 8 boundaries in the first innings against Sylhet Division.

Mahmudullah, who has 43.7-innings-avarage this year in Test cricket,  played an identical 63 runs innings in his first innings in round-1 of the ongoing domestic tournament with one over boundary and 5 boundaries as the all-rounder clinched the player of the match award. But that’s not only because of his contribution with bat for Dhaka Metro.

Though, the all-rounder did not bowl a considerable amount of overs in the second round, the all-rounder took six wickets in the first round of NCL against Chattogram Division at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

The right-arm bowler took 3 wickets in each innings against Chattogram allowing 55 runs in 26 overs and just 26 runs in 13 overs respectively.

Mahmudullah, who has just resumed bowling, spun the cherry for 41 overs in the domestic red ball cricket tournament where he is maintaining economy rate of 2.46 runs after three innings of bowling.

Mahmudullah has just bowled five overs in Test cricket this year and has 2 wickets to his name as one of them came during Tiger’s recent solitary Test fixture against Afghanistan.

Mahmudullah had faced the recurrence of an old shoulder injury during the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, when he dived during fielding. Subsequent scans on his shoulder ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 revealed a grade-three tear, keeping him from rolling his arm over at the 50-over event.