The Bangladesh Cricket Board National Cricket Board Academy team has been touring Hong Kong this past week, playing three matches against the national side, which was captained by Tabarak Dar and coached by former England Test batsman Aftab Habib.
The first match was played on Wednesday at the Hong Kong Cricket Club. The hosts won the toss and put the Bangladeshis in to bat. They scored 271/9 from their 50 overs, Imrul Sagar leading the way with 80. Hong Kong lost wickets regularly in their reply and, despite a late order fight back thanks to 50 from Munir Dar, they reached 200/8 in 45 overs (they were penalised overs for a terrible over rate), losing by 71 runs.
The second match on Friday was played at Kowloon Cricket Club, home of the Hong Kong Sixes. This match was reduced before play started to 25 overs each, but rain brought an end to the match after 6.4 overs with the academy side on 60/3.
Hong Kong batted first in the final match on Saturday, played back at the Hong Kong Cricket Club. The rain followed the teams from Kowloon however, and the match was reduced to a 38 over affair. Hong Kong were bowled out for 146 in the 37th over of their innings, the highlight of which was an excellent wicket-keeping performance from Dhiman Ghosh, who took five catches and a stumping. Hong Kong then gave the Academy a scare in their reply, with only 51 from skipper Nazimuddin holding the innings together to win by 3 wickets after 22.4 overs.
This series has started what is set to be a very busy year for Hong Kong. They have the Asia Cup in Pakistan in June, followed by the ACC Trophy Champions Division in Malaysia in July. Later in the year they will again participate in the Hong Kong Sixes, and travel to Tanzania in October for Division Four of the World Cricket League.
Match One: Hong Kong lost to BCB National Cricket Academy by 71 runs
Hong Kong Cricket Club, 23 January
BCB National Cricket Academy 271/9 (48 overs, Imrul Sagar 80, Nayeem Islam 59*, Musharraf Hossain 38, Irfan Ahmed 3/69)
Hong Kong 200/8 (45 overs, M Dar 50, T Dar 39, Musharraf Hossain 3/36)
Match Two: Hong Kong v BCB National Cricket Academy - no result
Kowloon Cricket Club, 25 January
BCB National Cricket Academy 60/3 (6.4 overs)
Match Three: Hong Kong lost to BCB National Cricket Academy by 3 wickets
Hong Kong Cricket Club, 26 January
Hong Kong 146 (36.2 overs, Delwar Hossain 4/13, Kamrul Islam 3/34)
BCB National Cricket Academy 147/7 (22.4 overs, Nazimuddin 51)