The duo, featuring for the same team, Dhaka Platoon, however, were biteless as their side conceded a nine-wicket defeat against Rajshahi Royals at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur
Bangladesh pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza and opening batsman Tamim Iqbal got back to action after a long break with the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 Thursday.
The duo, featuring for the same team, Dhaka Platoon, however, were biteless as their side conceded a nine-wicket defeat against Rajshahi Royals at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Right-arm pacer Mashrafe, playing his first match in around five months, bowled three overs and remained wicketless conceding 18 runs.
Tamim meanwhile, survived just four balls and added only five runs to the board.
Mashrafe was last seen in action when Bangladesh played their final round-robin league game of the World Cup 2019 at Lord’s in July this year.
Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe then chose to rest as his side travelled to Sri Lanka and suffered a three-match ODI series whitewash.
Bangladesh did not play any ODI since then and Mashrafe had to sit back home.
“I do not think there is anything in particular to target in BPL. Will do the best possible for the team. Team is the priority. Franchise-based tournaments have its own pressure, the teams spend a lot of money so it is important to go into the field with passion,” said Mashrafe following Thursday’s game.
“I am playing a game after a long time, so there is some hesitation. Hopefully it will get normal in three, four matches’ time. There are some niggles too, having stayed away for long. I think I overcame such issues before, and will be able to overcome this time too,” Dhaka captain Mashrafe added.
Tamim had led Bangladesh in the away ODI series against Sri Lanka in July following the World Cup, and after that, took leave, missing out on the solitary Test match against Afghanistan, the tri-nation T20I series at home against the Afghans and Zimbabwe, and then, the tour of India.
The southpaw however, has maintained regular net and fitness sessions and Mashrafe believes a good score is right around the corner for Tamim.
“I do not think there is much to think with Tamim. He had gone through a bad phase last season, but finished playing the winning knock [for Comilla Victorians in the BPL final]. He has proved on a lot of occasions. It is important to perform as a team and that was important [Thursday]. The wicket was good, which is not regular in Mirpur. We were at one stage looking to get 160, but lost track with two-three wickets. There is not much to think or discuss about this,” Mashrafe explained.
In their second game, Dhaka will take on Cumilla Warriors in the evening at SBNCS Friday.
Cumilla were off to a flying start to the season, winning their first game by 105 runs against Rangpur Rangers Wednesday.