‘More emotion in our time’

The Dhaka Premier League (DPL) has been the lone fifty-over domestic competition in Bangladesh that still has a huge impact in the country’s cricket.

‘The quality of our cricket has improved’

Naeem Islam is one of the few national discards who is still making an impact in the domestic circuit with consistent performances.

‘Even during the flood, I was running'

Having made his Test debut back in November 2018, Khaled Ahmed then played in another Test at Hamilton in 2019 before he found himself jolted by injury. Waiting in the wings through the pandemic, Khaled resurfaced as a sort of red-ball specialist with good performances, especially away from home. While he struggled at home conditions, he has been able to leave a mark with away performances. Khaled talks about the two captains he has played under so far in Tests, how his bowling tends to be at home and away from home, working with Donald and attending the ‘white-ball camp’ in Sylhet last month with The Daily Star’s Abdullah Al Mehdi.

‘Bowling quick is my strength’

Ebadot Hossain has transformed into one of the finest bowlers in Bangladesh’s pace-bowling unit, which has started to show great promise in recent times. The 29-year-old has emerged as a cross-format pacer for the Tigers and spoke with The Daily Star’s Mazhar Uddin during an exclusive interview, sharing insight into his work ethic, ambition and a few other topics. The excerpts of the interview are given below:

‘When I started weaving that dream, I got a shock to the system’

Loneliness during bad patches in top-level cricket often does not come into the spotlight. It is an issue Virat Kohli had spoken about recently.

‘I have nothing to lose’

Rony Talukdar’s comeback story can surely serve as encouragement to those who feel that the doors to the national side are permanently closed to players past the age of 30 that have yet to truly make a mark on the international stage.

‘There is no scope to be complacent’

Jaker Ali Anik clinched the player of the tournament award as he topped the run-getters’ charts with 492 runs in the six innings he played averaging 98.40.

‘I prioritise keeping a smile on my face’

Najmul Hossain Shanto has managed to navigate troubled waters with perhaps the best tool there is: performance.

‘Important to adapt and adjust’

Despite picking up a hattrick on ODI debut, Taijul Islam is yet to establish himself in the white-ball formats for Bangladesh.

‘I believe we can dream all the way’

The Daily Star (DS): Your return to Test cricket after almost a year. Please share the experience with us.

‘Want to see a Shakib in every discipline’

The Daily Star (DS): December 16, 2021 is the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence. How do you feel as a freedom fighter?

‘Bangabandhu assured us there’s nothing to worry about’

As the nation celebrates its 50th year of independence today, Bangladesh can look back on the strides they have made across

‘Mushfiqur cannot talk in the manner he did’

The Daily Star (DS): Is this going to mark a new beginning for the T20 team?

‘I try to provide balance for my team’

Off-spinner Mahedi Hasan’s emergence as the new-ball bowler for Bangladesh has turned out to be quite a revolution.

Yashpal Sharma dies of cardiac arrest

India’s 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma died on Tuesday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest here. He was 66 and is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

‘Just respect the Universe Boss’

Chris Gayle made a stunning return to form as Windies condemned Australia to a third straight defeat in the third Twenty20 international in St Lucia on Monday and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

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