Shanto proves his worth in HP’s England tour
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named Nazmul Hossain Shanto as the captain of Bangladesh High Performance cricket team’s tour of England. He proved why BCB chose him as the shipper of the side. The youth showed his class with the bat during the tour and scored 394 runs from just four innings. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ইংল্যান্ড সফরে ধারাবাহিকতার ‘প্রতীক’ শান্ত]
The 19-year-old cricketer hammered two centuries alongside picked up two fifties to score 394 runs during the tour. He also led the visitors to get two victories in England tour.
After the superb innings of 106 runs of first ODI, Shanto scored another ton in the next game and helped his side to secure the victory against Nottinghampsire 2nd XI. In reply of Nottinghampsire’s 294 runs, Bangladesh fall in trouble as they lost their top three batsmen within 84 runs. Then it was the sipper who led his side from the front to get an emphatic victory. He played 148-ball 144 runs including 7 fours and 2 sixes in that match.
Third ODI of the tour was washed-out but in the next match Shanto scored 87 runs and led his side to seal another victory of the tour. He adorned his innings with 8 fours and 1 six.
The most consistent fact of England tour was rain. It hampered the visitors in the next two games too. As a result, fifth and sixth match became abandoned. High Performance (HP) squad end their England tour with 169 defeat but Shanto was brilliant in that match too.
Chasing 332 runs, visitors collapsed but Shanto fought hard for his team. He played an innings of 56 balls 57 runs with the help 5 fours and 2 sixes but it was not enough to rescue the visitors.
To be noted, Shanto and his co won two matches and lost in one game of their England tour, while rest of the four matches were washed-out due to heavy rain.