Mahmudullah delighted to be back in ‘home team’ Khulna

Mahmudullah Riyad, the Gemcon Khulna captain, is hopeful of bringing good results in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020.

Shakib and Riyad at the post match presentation.

Mahmudullah returned COVID-19 negative on Monday, recovering in nine days since being tested positive for the virus.

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Gemcon Khulna chose Mahmudullah as their captain for the tournament. The 34-year-old captained Gemcon-owned Khulna Titans in 2016, 2017 and 2019 Bangladesh Premier League.

“I turned corona negative yesterday. I am looking forward to getting back to the field. Thanks to Gemcon Khulna for giving me the opportunity to lead the team. I have had a long relationship with Gemcon. I played for Khulna Titans in three BPL seasons. This team feels like a home team to me. It feels good to be back here,” Mahmudullah said.

The Bangladesh T20I captain is thankful to the BCB for hosting the five-team T20 Cup.

“I would like to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for arranging such an important tournament in this corona time. Undoubtedly this will help our cricketers.”

Khulna spent the most money in the players’ draft where they picked Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah from grade A. Eyes will be on the likes of Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes and Al Amin Hossain in the tournament that kicks off on November 24.

“Out team is greatly balanced. Shafiul Islam, Al Amin Hossain and young Hasan Mahmud make up a great bowling attack. Shakib Al Hasan and Rishad Hossain’s bowling will bring variations. As a team, Khulna has a great opportunity,” Mahmudullah added.

“Out batting line-up has the experience of Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Shakib, Jahurul Islam and myself. Ariful Haque and Shuvagata Hom have been playing for a while. Overall, I am happy with my team and hopeful for a good result.”

Gemcon Khulna will take on Fortune Barishal on the opening day. The match will start at 6:30pm local time.

Gemcon Khulna squad: Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes, Hasan Mahmud, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Al-Amin Hossain, Shamim Hossain Patwary, Ariful Haque, Shafiul Islam, Shuvagata Hom, Shahidul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Zakir Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Salman Hossain, Jahurul Islam.

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