I am very happy with this achievement. 600 wickets, I must say it’s not a joke. It’s a lot in the context of Bangladesh. Maybe there are many around the world who have achieved a lot more, but nobody has done it in Bangladesh’s context because it takes a lot of time. I would like to tell the youngsters that if they want to achieve anything, they must work hard. Even if they know what to do in the middle, it’s important to keep practising again and again. Obviously, luck is also a factor but it’s important to prepare yourself.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak reached yet another milestone, becoming the first Bangladeshi to scalp 600 first-class wickets during the first day of the fourth-round National Cricket League game against Rangpur at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The 37-year-old, who started the Tier-1 game six wickets shy of the milestone, got the feat on the first day after bagging seven wickets for Khulna and bundling Rangpur out for 224 in their first innings after leg-spinner Rishad Hossain top-scored with 42.
The veteran rattled through the Rangpur middle-order and registered his 39th five-wicket haul before eventually having Rangpur’s number nine batsman Robiul Haque bowled to create history in Bangladesh’s domestic circuit.
Razzak ended up with figures of seven for 69 from his 24.1 overs. In reply, Khulna ended the day on 24 for two, trailing by two hundred runs.
The experienced spinner is the runaway leader on the charts for most wickets, with Enamul Haque Jr, another left-armer, in second place with 477 first-class wickets.
In the other Tier-1 game at Cox’s Bazar, Rajshahi were bundled out for a small total of 230 runs in their first innings after a collective bowling approach from Dhaka Division.
Pacer Sumon Khan and off-spinner Shuvagata Hom bagged three each while leg-spinner Jubair Hossain and seamer Salauddin Sakil took two wickets each. Rajshahi’s Najmul Hossain Shanto and Muktar Ali scored fifties, but could not stitch together any significant partnerships.
In Tier 2, pacer Ebadot Hossain picked up his second five-wicket haul to put Sylhet in the driving seat against Barishal, who folded for 162 in their first innings.
The tall right-arm seamer ended with figures of five for 36 from 16 overs while left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed took three wickets. Nuruzzaman’s 40 was the top score for Barisal. Sylhet replied well and ended the day on 82 for one.
In the other Tier 2 game, Bangladesh Test opener Shadman Islam struck an unbeaten hundred to leave Dhaka Metropolis eyeing a big first-innings total after they ended the day on 357 for four against Chittagong.
The left-hander, who registered his eighth first-class ton, was unbeaten for a 257-ball 162 which featured 21 fours and two sixes. Shadman and Al Amin added 162 for the fourth wicket before the latter was dismissed for 83.