Jannatul Naym Pieal
The last two seasons of the National Cricket League (NCL) were nothing more than forgettable for Barisal Division as the southern city came seventh (2014-15) and eighth (2013-14). But now it seems like the introduction of the two-tier system in the 17th Walton LED TV NCL 2015-16 seems to have turned the tables around for them.
They clinched promotion from tier two to one after winning their second match of the season last Monday against their Rajshahi counterparts. And it can be said that their days of struggles are very much in the past at the moment.
With the sixth and final round of this year’s NCL still to be played, Barisal have already claimed promotion having bagged 53 points, riding on two wins and three draws. And the more important thing is that they are yet to be defeated by any team this season.
It was nothing but the team’s dedication and sheer motivation that enabled them to seal promotion to the top tier, believes Sohag Gazi, the right-arm off spinner. According to the bowling all-rounder, the inception of the two-tier system also worked wonders for the team.
“The new system of splitting the teams into two different tiers definitely increased the competition between the teams. While the top four teams played in the first tier, the bottom four teams from the previous year had to lock horns with each other in the second tier. As a result a healthy competition was evident in every game,” said Gazi.
“The strong desire to get promoted to tier one worked among us. I think all the same happened with the other teams as well. But then you know the saying that all the teams cannot be the winner.
“Our players were determined to push it hard and get the best possible result. And our team management had aslo kept us on toe with their continuous motivation. So there was no room for leisure for us. We enjoyed the competition,” Gazi was also quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.