The Rangpur Riders remain alive in the Bangladesh Premier League- BPL defeating the Barisal Bulls today by 29 runs. It was Mohammed Shahzad who helped them build a fighting score batting first after winning the toss.
He scored 48 runs in his return after suspension of a match after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) last month had announced that Shahzad would be banned for Rangpur’s next two games as he had broken the code of conduct on the field during Rangpur’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) game against the Rajshahi Kings by poking Sabbir with a bat after being dismissed.
However, that confusion was cleared later in the evening when a second press release stated that Rangpur had lodged an appeal with the BPL Governing Council to reduce the playing ban on November 30.
As per the press release, the BPL governing council reduced Shahzad’s ban to one match ‘for the greater interest of the tournament’ and he was subsequently available for selection yesterday.
He was in his bat soon as he returned. The highest run for Rangpur Riders came from Shahzad’s bat. He scored 48 runs in 40 balls. He was selected as the man of the match after he guided his team to a respected total against the Barisal Bulls.
That is why his team mated were very happy for him. Rangpur Riders Pakistani all-rounder Anwar Ali also praised him after the match. He said, “Shahzad is batting brilliantly in the BPL. He was not in the team for one match. It was very important for us in the team for him to return .”