It was a run-fest in a second division 50-over match in Dhaka, where batsmen slammed a staggering 70 boundaries and 48 sixes, leading to a total of 818 runs by both the sides combined. The game which was held at t City Club ground in Dhaka saw North Bengal Cricket Academy win by 46 runs, after posting a staggering 432/4 on the board. In response, their opponents, Talent Hunt Cricket Academy managed 367/7 before running short of the overs.
The North Bengal players struck 27 sixes, while Talent Hunt smashed 21 hits across the ropes.
“This is very unusual. I have been familiar with Dhaka’s domestic cricket for many years. But I never saw anything like this,” club cricket organiser, Syed Ali Asaf was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.
Unreal incidents like these are very common in Bangladesh’s domestic matches, which have been frequently marred by allegations of match-fixing.
Earlier in 2017, a bowler was handed a 10-year ban from the sport after he conceded 92 runs by bowling a string of wides and no-balls and deliberately lost the contest, which was later deemed as an act of protest against officials for biased umpiring.
During the contest, a Lalmatia bowler sent down 13 wides and three no-balls in the first over, all of which resulted in a boundary, and tallying up to 80 runs before he could even complete his over.
The opponents in that fixture, Axiom, reached the target in just four legal deliveries after bundling Lalmatia only on 88 in 14 overs.
In October last year, former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who is currently serving a two-year suspension by ICC for not reporting a corrupt approach, had stated that results in many domestic matches in the country were predetermined.
His comments were later backed by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Saber Hossain Chowdhury, claiming that there was “deep-rooted” corruption in the sport’s governing body.
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