Aliss Al Islam is an unknown entity among cricket lovers in Bangladesh. He has previously featured in first Division and it was Dhaka Dynamites coach Khaled Mahmud -- no doubt impressed with the bowler’s net session exploits, who picked him for his BPL debut in the match against Rangpur Riders. While he did not have the best of starts -- dropping Mohammad Mithun twice in the same over, the end was sweet as he slipped into wonderland from blunderland.
The player went through a range of emotions after he was informed of his inclusion only yesterday evening. “Sir told me to be mentally and physically ready. I was ready but playing in this big a stadium and in such a big tournament, I was naturally nervous but recovered later,” the youngster who bagged a hattrick in his BPL debut remarked.
The 22-year old was playing at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium for the first time in his life having only played Second Division for a few years before he played First Division. Then came the BPL debut and he admitted to being incredibly nervous and the dropped catches but the team were supportive in crisis.
“The teammates supported me a lot after the dropped catches and the coach as well,” he said.
“Everyone gave me a lot of encouragement and I felt that if I could land the ball in the right areas then something good might happen,” he added.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s faith was repaid as he stuck with the young gun in the death overs. Aliss really came through in the death overs as he was also brought back to bowl the last over and he defended 14 runs successfully after bagging a hattrick on his BPL debut in the 18th over of the match. “Bhai told me ‘you are bowling well, just keep bowling in the right areas,” he informed.
In post-match ceremony, the skipper remarked: "We knew he (Aliss) had the potential. Luckily he showed his class. Long way to go for him, but he did very well today. That's the beauty of captaincy: if it comes off it looks good, otherwise you end up looking bad.”