Vol. 5 Num 494 Sat. October 15, 2005  

So unlike Bashar

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar showed no signs of jet-leg as he inspired Acme Laboratories to record a 98-run victory against newcomers Metro Real Estate in the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

The 33-year-old batsman had only returned home in the morning after attending the ICC's Test captains' meeting in Sydney, before turning up to play as a 'super-sub'.

Unfortunately, his act of goodwill backfired when he was fined for exhibiting 'unsporting' behaviour. Bashar refused to walk after the umpire adjudged him lbw against slow bowler Sharifullah.

The usually mild-mannered Bashar, who had made 26, glanced towards the man in the middle in apparent disgust and then threw his gloves to the ground before walking back to the pavilion.

The country's top batsman, however, escaped severe punishment as he later apologised to match referee Rafiqul Alam, who only fined him Tk 2,500.

"I'm really sorry for the incident. As a national captain I can't do that because young players look to us as role models. We should respect all umpiring decisions whether they are right or wrong. Actually, I was exhausted after such a long flight," admitted Bashar.

He might not be contributed with the bat either but at least Acme recovered from their 42-run first round defeat against star-studded BEXIMCO while Araf Apparels also bagged their first points with a comfortable 65-run victory against newcomers Security Air Express at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.

On the other hand, Biman recorded their second consecutive win beating another debutant Jamuna Bank at the BKSP.

National opener Javed Omar top scored with 62 while young Nasiruddin Faruque added a defiant 41 and Mohammad Rafique 34 as Acme set a challenging total of 216 for all in 49.5 overs after being sent into bat.

While Javed made a typical 100-ball 62 that included only two boundaries his national teammate Rafique blasted four boundaries and two sixes in his 29-ball innings. Faruque's unbeaten 41 came off 47 balls.

In reply Metro Real lost wickets regularly before being bowled out for 118 in 39.4 overs. Pacemen Hasibul Hossain, Alamgir Kabir and Dollar Mahmud took two wickets each.

Biman thrived on two half-centuries by Nazmus Saddat and out of favour national all-rounder Mushfiqur Rahman to amass 250 for seven in their share of 50 overs after opting to bat.

Opener Nazmus slammed seven boundaries in a 98-ball 69 while Mushfiqur was unbeaten on almost run-ball 55. It included two fours and as many sixes. Humayun Kabir (35) and Mehrab Hossain (30) were the other notable scorers.

Right-arm pacer Mohammad Sharif then destroyed the as they bankers finished on 188-9. Sharif captured four for 42 in 10 overs while left-arm spinner Mosharaf Hossain picked up three for 26.

Formidable Araf struggled to make 184-8 in 50 overs but it was enough to clip the wings of Security Air Express who were bundled out for 119 in 44.1 overs.

National wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud hit highest 49 for Araf while Nayeem Islam added 47. Shafaq Al Jabir, Ehsanul Haque and Ahsanullah Hasan captured two wickets each to dismiss Security Air.

Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar, who is appearing for Acme Laboratories in the Corporate Cricket League, about to be given lbw against Metro Real Estate at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium on Friday. PHOTO: STAR