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Country’s top cricketing minds face-off in BPL final

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  • 18 February, 2022 12:00 AM
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Country’s top cricketing minds face-off in BPL final

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Fortune Barishal head coach Khaled Mahmud has some scores to settle with his Comilla Victorians counterpart Mohammad Salahuddin in the final of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 today.

 The two leading coaches of the country yet again proved that they’re still the best in the business after they guided their respective teams to the BPL final despite the presence of some renowned foreign coaches.

However, this isn’t the first incident when both the coaches appeared in the final as in the 2019 edition of BPL, Mahmud and Salahuddin guided Dhaka Dynamites and Comilla respectively to the final.

Salahuddin, at that time, had the last laugh after his side defeated Dhaka by 17 runs to lift the BPL title but now Mahmud has the chance to level the score.

Mahmud, however, insisted that he’s not losing his sleep over levelling the margin.

“No, there is nothing like revenge or anything,” Mahmud told The Daily Sun on Thursday.

“It’s just a game of cricket and whoever will control the nerves and handle the pressures will come out as winners.

“It’s a new tournament and we have a different team altogether so you can’t compare this tournament with the previous edition,” he added. Mahmud’s Barishal have been the most consistent team in the ongoing BPL as they conceded only two defeats in the league stage before defeating Comilla in the thrilling first qualifier match to progress to the final.

Meanwhile, Comilla are also not very far away considering the performances in the field and they finished the league stage just behind Barishal and deservedly sealed their place in the final after outplaying Chattogram Challengers in the second qualifier.

Salahuddin, who previously won two BPL titles with the same team, claimed that he isn’t taking anything for granted as he’ll have to deal with the brains of Mahmud.

“You can’t raise questions about his cricketing knowledge. He’s a vastly experienced coach,” said Salahuddin.

“He is one of the best in the business and we’re aware that we have to handle his brains as he’ll come up with different ideas,” he added. Meanwhile, both the coaches echoed the same sentiment when they were asked regarding their trump cards in the final. They insisted that they would be extremely happy if local cricketers win the trophy for them.

“No doubt we have some seasoned foreign recruits in our team but I would be really happy if we can win the trophy on the back of performances by our local stars,” Mahmud said.

 Salahuddin said that he’s looking forward to the performances of his local charges in the final and also was hoping that they would guide them to the victory against Barishal.

 “Our local cricketers are doing really well and we’re expecting them to perform in the final as well considering it’ll also help them gain confidence which will be vital for them going forward,” Salahuddin concluded.