There were high hopes when young Mehedi Hasan Miraz was named captain of Rajshahi Kings for the sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as it would be a huge platform to prepare himself for future leadership opportunities.
For Mehedi, yesterday was a special occasion for the off-spinner as he managed to beat his idol Mashrafe’s Rangpur Riders by five runs in a thriller.
“Obviously, it feels good and we all know he is our elder brother and Rangpur is the defending champion. It feels good to beat a team like Rangpur as we have a young side. It feels good to play against the elder brothers and as you saw, despite losing the game everyone came and congratulated me and supported me. There will be competitiveness on the field but off the field we share a great relationship,” Mehedi said in the post-match press conference in Mirpur yesterday.
“I am improving day by day as I am doing the captaincy for the first time in three years, since the Under-19 World Cup. But since then there was a gap and I struggled a bit initially. But gradually my brain has started to work accordingly and it will improve the more I play,” he said.
“Obviously it’s very good for him [Mehedi]. The more he can learn from here, the more it will help him in international cricket. It’s not just for captaincy in the international circuit; it is important for him to acquire leadership qualities from here. The earlier he adapts to it, the better it will be for him. Obviously it’s a good thing for Mehedi to lead in the BPL,” Mashrafe said.
On the’ fake fielding’ charges , Miraz said, “I was aware of the rule. Actually that was my mistake. I had to stop the ball back then, but it was a bit far. That’s why I put in the false dive. I knew about the five-run penalty. I won’t do it again. I was a bit excited. The seniors of our team told me to be patient. Laurie Evans was telling me to keep my cool. It will be better for us if you stay cool. At that stage, they (Rangpur) required seven per over.”
Kings captain Miraz was found guilty of “fake fielding” against Rangpur Riders during their Bangladesh Premier League match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur Sunday, and the on-field umpires awarded five penalty runs against him.
According to section 41 of ICC by-laws, the fielding side are punished with five runs as penalty of the offense, and the ball would be counted as dead ball.
It happened during Rangpur Riders’ innings in the 12th over when Rilee Rossouw started to run after hitting the ball and Mehidy acted like he got the ball after a fake slide. Seeing so, Rossouw decided not to take the second run and the umpires felt that it was fake fielding and gave Rangpur Riders five runs.
It has been not too long when the International Cricket Council (ICC) made a rule and a punishment for the fake fielding. In 2017, ICC enforced the rule and for the first time today, it was seen during a game in Bangladesh.