Anisul Islam Emon and Rakin Ahmed’s sensible batting guided Old DOHS sports club to acquire a 10-wicket victory over Partex sporting club in their Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division T20 League encounter at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain, banned in November 2019 for five years for slapping a team-mate during a first-class match, returned to competitive cricket with this match. who bowled two wicketless overs for Partex Sporting Club on his return against Old DOHS Sports Club, will not need to serve any more than the 18 months he has already completed in his five-year ban.
Old DOHS chased down the small target of 78 runs set by Partex with 21 balls in hand. The match was decided to be played in 15 overs after it was delayed due to rain.
The openers Anisul (33) and Rakin (43) sailed the team to an easy win, they remained unbeaten on the pitch. Anisul scored 33 runs faced 33 balls, struck 2 fours and one six. While, Rakin scored 43 runs off 36 balls hitting six boundaries.
Earlier, losing the toss Partex had to bat first, scored 77 runs losing four wickets in the allotted 15 overs. The opener Hasanuzzaman departed for a naught, then Abbas Musa (17) and skipper Tasamul Haque (18) stiched a partnership of 29 runs.
Namzul Hossain Milon (17) and Dhiman Ghosh remained unbeaten after the final ball of the innings. For Old DOHS Rakibul Hasan ended up with two wickets for eight runs in his three overs and Mohammad Shanto got one wicket.
Meanwhile, Shahadat Hossain had appealed to the BCB in February that his ban be reduced, so he can resume his career and take care of the expenses relating to his mother's cancer treatment. BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan had said at the time that he had taken up Hossain's case with the board higher-ups.
"He is in a lot of problem in his family," Khan told Somoy TV in March. "His mother is diagnosed with cancer. He is not playing cricket now so when he called me, I spoke to a few directors. We have requested the BCB's disciplinary committee. We are hopeful to get a positive result from them. I have also informed the board president, who is also positive about him. Insha Allah, we hope that he can play in the NCL (National Cricket League)."
In November 2019, Hossain had slapped team-mate Arafat Sunny Jr during an NCL match in Khulna, after the latter refused to shine the ball for the fast bowler. After being withdrawn from the match, he was charged with a Level-4 offence, which amounted to a fine of BDT 100,000 (US $1200 approx.) and a five-year ban with two years as suspended sentencing.
In March, Hossain had said his primary motivation to return to competitive cricket before the completion of his five-year ban was his mother's treatment.