Abdullah Al Mehdi | The Daily Star

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  • Abdullah Al Mehdi

  • Sohan’s time to break through

    Nurul Hasan Sohan’s form this season in the Bangabandhu Premier Division League saw him earn a well-deserved call-up for the national team in all three formats for their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, but given the lack of faith from the selectors in the past, question remains whether Sohan’s present form can make a difference this time.
  • Mushy’s calm prevails in the storm

    With a cyclone hovering over the Bay of Bengal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh’s most experienced batsman in ODIs with the greatest number of matches under his belt, battled and steered his team through a very different kind of storm, finding the calm and assurance that Bangladesh most needed from his bat. Mushfiqur’s 127-ball 125, while running out of partners, accounted for more than half the team’s runs and helped the Tigers post a challenging 246 after electing to bat first.
  • Mash’s success in absence of governing philosophy

    That Bangladesh cricket is resigned to talking about individuals over team building and governing ideas of their cricket speaks to the greater culture now omnipresent over the course of a decade or so but is more prominent across the last few years.
  • A Test spirit governed by fear

    There was no display of effort, perseverance or mental grind befitting of Test cricket by the Tigers in their defeat to Sri Lanka in the second Test in Kandy yesterday, and the sphere of their failures has a lot more to it than the margin of defeat inflicted by the hosts.
  • Miraz going for bored out?

    The Bangladesh spinners have time and again failed to make any real impact in matches, especially in the longest format, when the pitches are not conducive to spin. With no real variations to keep batsmen guessing, spinners regurgiate the 'tagline' of maintaining line and length, but to what extent it works in their favour, remains a big question.