Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the first day’s play in the domestic league of Bangladesh, named the National Cricket League (NCL). There are two tiers in the league wherein four divisional teams are taking on each other. At Fatullah, Chittagong Division is taking on the Sylhet Division, whereas at Khulna, the Dhaka Division are playing with their hosts Khulna Division. The other two matches are between Dhaka Metropolis versus Rangpur Division at Bogra, while the last match is between the Barisal Division versus Rajshahi Division at Rajshahi. There is a lot of star attraction in the league as many of the top flight Bangladeshi cricketers are playing today, as they have begun their preparations for the upcoming two-match Test series against Australia, which begins next month on October 9.

While Tamim Iqbal has turned up for the Sylhet Division, their opponents, Chittagong Division have Alok Kapali in their ranks. While there are no big names as such in the Dhaka Division team, their opponents Khulna Division have players such as Abdur Razzak, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan and even Mustafizur Rahman.

The Dhaka Metropolis team is a little strong compared to their playing XI that Dhaka Division have fielded. The Bangladeshi batting mainstay Mahmudullah Riyad has turned up for the Metropolis’s side, which also has the right-handed batsman Shamsur Rahman, Elias Sunny and Bangladeshi paceman Mohammad Shahid. Their opponents, Rangpur Division have Suhrawadi Shuvo in their ranks.  The Barisal Division may be having Sohag Gazi in their ranks, but their opponents Rajshahi Division have the giant in Mushfiqur Rahim taking the field for them.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Khulna Division vs Dhaka Division: Match Drawn. Dhaka Division got out on 187 in their first innings. Khulna Division make 34o in reply. Mohammad Mithun scored a quick 87 before opener Mahedi Hasan made 53 runs. Nurul Hasan also made 53. Hossain was the pick of the bowlers taking seven wickets. Dhaka Division were 16/0  in six overs of the second innings before the fourth and final day got over. Rahaman and Mazid were on the crease when the match was drawn.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Dhaka Metropolis vs Rangpur Division: The match is drawn. Dhaka Metropolis were bowled out for 238 in their first innings. There were three half-centuries in Metropolis’ innings— Rahman, Ayub and Sunny’s. Hasan destroyed Metropolis with his five wickets. When two captains shook hand, Rangpur Division were 266 for 5 in 92 overs. Haque and Ghosh were batting on 48 and 85 runs respectively. Ghosh  played very fast and had a strike rate of 75.57. Shahid and Sunny picked two wickets each.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Chittagong Division vs Sylhet Division: Match drawn. Chittagong Division declared their innings on 352 for 8. Saleh made a patient 74 on 236 balls. Ahmed made a quick 80 on 145 balls. Both batsmen were given out leg-before-wicket. Hoque and Saifuddin took two wickets each. Sylhet’s were 36/0 when the match got over.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Barisal Division vs Rajshahi Division: The match is drawn. Barisal Division end their first innings on 302; pressure was on Rajshahi Division as the pitch was not very good for batting. In response Rajshahi Division got all-out on mere 93 runs. Tawhidul Islam took six wickets. Barisal Division in their second innings got out on 160. Sunzamul Islam took four wickets. Rajshahi Division had a target of 370 runs to win the match which was very difficult since the pitch was deteriorating.  Openers Shanto and Jahurul Islam were on the crease when the match got over. Rajshahi Division were 25/0 in the second innings.