With the Super League stage of the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) set to begin from tomorrow, all eyes will be on the players and their on-field impact as usual. However, there is another who has grabbed the spotlight this time around, Legends of Rupganj coach Aftab Ahmed.
The 33-year-old, who was considered one of the most promising talents during his playing days before his career ended somewhat prematurely, has steered Rupganj to the top of the table on his first stint as head coach of a major domestic team.
Although his playing career ended a little early, the man from Chattogram has made an exciting start to his coach career -- although he still has a long way to go -- just as he did to his playing career.
Aftab's Rupganj -- comprised mostly of experienced players with a few youngsters in their ranks -- have only lost one of 11 games during the round robin stage of the coveted 50-over tournament.
The secret behind such a brilliant start was made clear by Aftab, according to whom only gaining the next two points matter.
"I have actually been saying from the beginning that we are not directly aiming for the title. Our target is rather playing games one by one. So, it does not matter who we are playing against as we only aim for two points. When we will be playing in the Super League stage, it will be a very tough competition so there is no scope for being casual. Our first match is against Mohammedan and our aim is to win that game and then think about the next game," Aftab told reporters in Mirpur yesterday.
The novice coach can make his first experience as a head coach more memorable by leading Rupganj to the title and Aftab is not short on confidence.
"We are in a very good position and we have a very good chance of becoming champions."