Bangladesh Cricket Club – a great initiative by few young cricket lovers in Canberra

Bangladesh Cricket Club – a great initiative by few young cricket lovers in Canberra

Recently, a group of boys from our small, but very active Bangladeshi community in Canberra have registered a cricket team in the ACT Sunday social cricket league. It is surely worth mentioning that it is the first time ever that a team which comprises only of Bangladeshis living in Canberra has participated in this competition. Our community has actively taken part in the social setting with its regular participation in the multi-cultural festivals and other successful cultural events where various dignitaries from other communities were invited to get a taste of our rich culture and heritage. The participation in this competition is yet another reflection that our community is taking an active step to make itself known to the wider arena in Canberra, only this time its been done in the sporting field.

This competition runs for seven months from October 2007 to April 2008 and a match is played every alternate Sundays. Our team BCC (Bangladesh Cricket Club) have been allocated to the ‘Grade A’ where the level competition is the highest, which is an achievement in itself that they have respected the talent that our boys possess. In fact, we are delighted to inform that our boys have already started the competition in flying colours by comprehensively beating runners-up team from last season Michelago club, in their opening match. Our team BCC, while fielding first, bowled out the opposition team for a modest total of 119 runs in 26 overs which is well within the stipulated 40 over limit, in a commendable bowling and fielding display. Daneal was the pick of the bowlers for our team taking 3 wickets for a mere 13 runs in his 4 overs which broke the backbone of the opposition top-order. Topa also captured 3 wickets for 15 runs in a highly efficient bowling display. Nafees provided able support by grabbing 2 wickets of his own while the other wickets were shared by Saiful and Asif. Our boys reached the target convincingly in only 24 overs losing just 4 wickets. Arif, top scored with 41 runs for BCC with a superb batting display. He was well supported by solid knocks played by Nafiz and Asif who scored 21 runs each. Among others, Ehsan scored 12 runs while Ali and Hamid were not out on 7 to complete a well-deserved win.


Behind (from left to right) – Zahed, Asif, Ali, Babu, Saiful, Nafis (Jr.), Daniel; Front (from left to right) – Arif, Hamid, Nafis (Sr.), Topa

We wish our team all the best in the coming matches and hope that they will be able to replicate the good performance of their first game in all their future matches. The Bangladesh Association appreciates the effort of the boys in participating in the tournament. We also ask the others in our community to show your support to the boys by giving them various forms of encouragement. We also encourage you to take some time off from your weekends sometimes to even go and watch their games if possible. This will not only provide encouragement for our boys that we appreciate their efforts but would also be an active step to show the rest of Canberra that we maybe a small community in this city, but we are an active one for sure and would portray the strong bond of friendship and brotherhood that we are so proud of.’

Kind Regards,
Ehsan Karim
Assistant Accountant
SSDS, ACT Region
Ph: (02) 6265 9629
Fax: (02) 6265 9749

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