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Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2023
The Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) has been an integral part of the legacy of the first domestic and later International Cricket in Bangladesh. It is a List A tournament played in a round-robin format, featuring twelve teams from different parts of Bangladesh as of the latest season. All the matches of the tournament were played in three grounds Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan No 3 and No 4 Grounds in Savar and Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. Agrani Bank Cricket Club (ABCC) is one of the 12 teams apart from Abahani Limited, Brother's Union, City Club, Dhaka Leopards, Gazi Group Cricketers, Legends of Rupganj, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Prime Bank Cricket Club, Rupganj Tigers Cricket Club, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and last but not the least the Shinepukur Cricket Club.
Among all these teams Agrani Bank Cricket Club has played for two seasons and was not very promising in any of them. 12 participating teams keep changing in almost every season with promotion and relegation according to the rules of the tournament. The last two teams of the point table of Dhaka Premier League are relegated to the second division after relegation matches, and the top two teams of the second division are promoted to play in Dhaka Premier League. The league, though started in 1973, gained the status of List A 10 years ago in 2013. From then onwards, Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League also known as Dhaka Premier League is one of the top-notch domestic tournaments in the country.
The Agrani Bank Cricket Club, commonly known as ABCC an abbreviation, is a prominent cricket club which is based in Bangladesh. This team was founded in 1972 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Agrani Bank is a leading commercial bank in Bangladesh. The Agrani Bank Cricket Club is owned by Agrani Bank itself. Agrani Bank Cricket Club is one of the oldest clubs that exist in Bangladesh and deeply relates to the history and spread of cricket in the country. They have been playing domestic cricket since the 1972-73 season of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
After showcasing a fairly prominent performance in Dhaka First Division Cricket League in the 2016-17 season, the Agrani Bank Cricket Club got a chance to play in Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League in the 2017-18 season. In this first match, they clinched an 8-wicket win by defeating the defending champion Gazi Group Cricketers. Although they got a big victory in their opening match of the season but lost momentum in the next matches and registered consecutive losses. Eventually, at the end of the tournament, they finished in eleventh position in the points table of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League in 2017-18. As a result, they had to play the relegation playoff. But in the final match of the relegation playoff, they were not able to win. Because of this, once again, the Agrani Bank Cricket team was relegated to Dhaka First Division Cricket League in the next season.
Unfortunately, due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic situation, Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League was cancelled in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 to secure the good health of the players and keep them away from the infection. After the pandemic, Agrani Bank Cricket Club made a comeback in the 2022-2023 season. But in this season as well the results did not improve, they finished in 11th position in the points table and were again relegated to the Dhaka First Division Cricket League for the upcoming season.
Agrani Bank Cricket Club is owned by Agrani Bank Ltd. Agrani Bank is the largest leading commercialised bank in Bangladesh. The bank has been the major sponsor and supporter since the inception of the team of Agrani Bank Cricket Club. The bank was also established the year before the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League kicked off, in 1972. Currently, the managing director and Chief Executive Officer of this bank is Md. Murshedul Kabir. The club has enjoyed a strong partnership with Agrani Bank, enabling it to nurture talent, provide top-notch facilities, and compete at various levels of cricketing competitions.
The club's journey began with humble beginnings, starting with local matches and tournaments. However, with the support of Agrani Bank, ABCC quickly rose through the ranks and gained recognition on the national cricketing stage. Thus it will be no exaggeration to say that, apart from the members of the team itself, the Bank is one of the major contributors to the amazing performances of the team.
Currently, Agrani Bank Cricket Club's brand value is not publicly available. The club's heritage and domestic cricket achievements surely add to its brand value. It is for sure that the brand value of the team is quite a healthy amount. With competitions in domestic cricket dating back to the earliest season of the tournaments in 1972–1973, Agrani Bank Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs still in existence in Bangladesh. They had participated in the Dhaka Premier League for 2 seasons. Their game has improved by leaps and bounds and thus has played well in recent years. Although in between, they had dropped out of the league. But hopefully, they will be more consistent in the league. And their consistent effort and achievement will see a rise in the team's brand value soon.
Agrani Bank Cricket Club has consistently performed well in the domestic seasons that they have played. They had played only 2 seasons out of the 11 seasons that have taken place from 2013-14 after they gained List A status, till the date of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. Since then the league has become a main List A tournament all across Bangladesh.
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DPDCL 2018 Season happened in Feb & March of 2018. They had defeated defending champion Gazi Group Cricketers. Gazi Group Cricketers scored only 176 runs in 46.1 Overs. Chasing 177 runs, Agrani Bank Cricket Club scored 177 runs in 39.3 Overs. Soumya Sarkar played a very good innings of 89 runs ( not out). They got an easy win of 8 wickets against the defending champion. They started their first season with an amazing win. This boosted their confidence in the tournament.
But with time they had lost their momentum in the group stage. They had played 11 matches in the group stage. Out of 11 matches, they had secured only 4 wins. They lost 7 matches. After the confidence wins in the 1st match, it was so unfortunate to finish the group stage at 11 positions with a negative net run rate of -0.337.
As they were at the bottom of the point table, they had to play in the Relegation League. They played 2 more matches with the bottom 3 teams. The final match of the Relegation League was nail-biting. Agrani Bank Cricket Club was batting first and scored a good score of 334 runs in 49.1 Overs. Soumya Sarkar made a magnificent 154 runs in this inning for Agrani Bank Cricket Club. His 154 runs helped to give a fighting chasing total for Brothers Union.
In 2nd innings, Brothers Union chased 334 runs at the last ball of 50 overs. Finally, the Brothers Union won by 4 wickets. Unfortunately, Agrani Bank Cricket Club was relegated to Dhaka First Division Cricket League for the next season. In the 2017- 2018 season, Soumya Sarkar made the highest individual score of 154 runs.
After the 2017-18 season, Agrani Bank did not play in the DPDCL. After the pandemic, they again returned to DPDCL. They had scored 243 runs in 44 overs against Legends of Rupganj. Chasing 243 runs, Legends of Rupganj scored 215 runs in 38.5 overs for 3 wickets. Unfortunately, the match score was revised as per the DLS method due to the obstruction posed by rain. And the target was shortened to 196 runs. So Legends of Rupganj won by 20 runs. (DLS Method).
Agrani Bank Cricket Club played their best to perform better in this tournament. In the 18 matches of DPDCL, Agrani Bank Cricket Club scored 258 runs for 7 wickets in 50 overs against Dhaka Leopards. In the 2nd innings, Elias Sunny delivered a magnificent spell of bowling. He took 5 wickets for 34 runs. And Dhaka Leopards’ batting order completely collapsed at 137 runs. And finally, Agrani Bank Cricket Club won by 121 runs.
But the overall season was not good for Agrani Bank. Earlier they had won 4 matches. But this season, they got only 3 victories and secured 6 points. They finished at 10 th position. As a result, they played in the relegation match. Agrani Bank Cricket Club lost against Shinepukur Cricket Club. Shinepukur Cricket Club scored 316 runs in 50 overs. But Agrani Bank Cricket Club’s batting was destroyed to chase 316 runs. And they had scored only 176 runs in 42.4 overs. Finally, Shinepukur Cricket Club won by 140 runs.
Agrani Bank Cricket Club was relegated to Dhaka First Division Cricket League for the next season. But in this season Elias Sunny made a remarkable bowling performance by achieving a 5-wicket milestone with a stunning economy of 3.40. He is the best bowling figure for Agrani Bank Cricket Club till now in DPDCL.
2024 DPDCL season
The 2023-24 season of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League is yet to be played and the results are yet to be determined. The Agrani Bank Cricket Club will go into the second season of the tournament low on confidence. The team will enter the next season they play in the tournament definitely as the dark horse. Though they could not make an impact with their performance in the two seasons they played and as a result of which, got demoted to the Dhaka First Division Cricket League, their supporters will continue supporting their idols. Hopefully, they will manage to win the first-division league and get a chance to play in the DPDCL in the forthcoming seasons.
Their supporters will also wish that their favourite players will bring the championship trophy home for the first time in the history of the team, in the next season they play. The players will also try to give their 100 per cent as compared to their performances in the previous seasons. The 2023 squad for the Agrani Bank Cricket Club were an incredible team and gave an all-around performance in the entire season, it is no exaggeration to say that their all-around performance left a lot of people in awe. Despite their best fights they could not manage to reach the higher positions on the points table. But, it is for sure that their next season in the tournament will be packed with surprises and amazement for the Agrani Bank Cricket Club supporters.
Agrani Bank Cricket Club has a legacy in the history of Bangladesh. Currently, Shadman Islam, Jahid Javed, Jahurul Islam, Rohit Rayudu, Marshall Ayub (C ), Shamsul Islam, Elias Sunny, Sharifullah, Abu Hider, Arafat Sunny, Anamul Haque - these were squad for Agrani Bank Cricket Club in DPDCL. They played most of the matches of DPDCL. Out of these Elias Sunny bowled magnificently with 5 wicket haul. The captain Marshall Ayub was the most run-scorer for Agrani Bank Cricket Club. Soumya Sarkar also played for Agrani Bank. He was one of the most successful batsmen in DPDCL for Agrani Bank Cricket Club. At that time(2017-18), Nadif Chowdhury was captain of Agrani Bank.
The following subheadings are a highlight of the list of top five run scorers and top five wicket-takers for the Agrani Bank Cricket Club in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
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With Marshal Ayub back as the captain for the 2023 season, the squad of Agrani Bank Cricket Club will be looking to do something special so that they will play again Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. Moreover, the return to DPDCL again will help the camp to regain confidence and hence get back to their best. But all of these things depend on the player and their performance. Hope they will do their best to perform well.