When BCB North Zone and Prime Bank South Zone lock horns in the final of the Bangladesh Cricket League from today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, there will be some individual battles going on in the five-day affair apart from the fight for the trophy itself.
It will be interesting to see the contest of the two left-arm spinners in experienced Abdur Razzak and young Taijul Islam, who is already considered as a bright prospect in the longer-version cricket.
Razzak led from the front with his tweakers to take South Zone into the final and has already 19 scalps in his account, but Taijul is well ahead of his senior fellow as he topped the bowling chart with 27 wickets and, like Razzak, he also played the pivotal role in taking the Northerners into the title decider.
"It is always encouraging when a young player challenges the older ones and I always love to take the challenge from the young players. I did not get enough opportunity to watch the bowling of Taijul but he is a good bowler and already proved his worth by taking so many wickets," said Razzak while relishing the challenge from a young prospect.
Selector Habibul Bashar however said that the young pacers could steal the show in the final. "Both [Razzak and Taijul] are left-arm spinners but they are different in their bowling. We all know what type of a bowler Razzak is, but Taijul is a traditional spinner who tries with loop, flight and he has got the ability to take wickets. But we are waiting for some action from the pace bowlers as there is grass on the pitch and, as far as I know, it will not be removed," said Bashar.
"There is a chance the teams can field three pacemen and if it happens then it will be really interesting," added the former national skipper.
Razzak however was still confident as he said: "If there is bounce then the spinners can also dominate the proceedings. I am however not sure whether the grass on the pitch will finally stay."