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Marketing agency Ban Tech won the bid after quoting an offer just above the floor price

The BCB has sold its 2021-23 TV rights to marketing agency Ban Tech for a reported price of BDT 161.5 crore ($19.07 million approx). The company won the bid after quoting an offer price just above the $19 million floor price set by the board last month. The Bangladesh-Sri Lanka ODI series, to be held in Dhaka next week, will be the first home series under this deal, which runs up to October 2023.

The amount is 5% less than BCB’s previous long-term broadcast deal with Gazi TV, which was $20.02 million for six years. It is understood that the BCB is pleased with the deal, and will make a formal announcement on Tuesday.

“We will disclose the deal after the board’s approval tomorrow. It is definitely a good thing, given the circumstances. They were the only bidders, and they met the floor price,” Jalal Yunus, BCB’s media committee chairman, said.

Ban Tech had previously bid successfully for the Bangladesh-West Indies home series in January-February this year, for a reported $2.12 million (approx.) price, bidding $620,000 more than the floor price on that occasion. One major difference between previous TV deals and the new one is that BCB will produce the home series during this period after they also separately advertised for offers from production companies. This is the first time that the BCB will produce the broadcast on their own.

ESPNcricinfo understands that both Gazi TV and T-Sports, the two major sports channels in Bangladesh, will be buying the rights from Ban Tech. T-Sports had previously shown the Bangabandhu T20 Cup and this year’s Bangladesh-West Indies home series.

The new TV deal includes ten home series including tours of Australia and England this year, and India’s tour next year. Australia are supposed to play only T20Is (the number of matches are not yet confirmed) and according to the ICC’s Future Tours Programme, England have three ODIs and three T20Is scheduled just before the World Cup T20 this year.

India are scheduled to play two Tests and three ODIs in November 2022. Apart from these teams, Sri Lanka (twice), New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan and West Indies are also scheduled to tour Bangladesh till January 2023. In the previous six-year cycle that contained 80 international matches, India toured Bangladesh twice, in 2014 and 2015, while England and Australia toured once each.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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Recent Match Report – Notts vs Derbyshire North Group 2021

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Veteran allrounder becomes first Englishman to 250 wickets and 5000 runs in T20

Nottinghamshire 152 for 6 (Patel 64*, van Beek 3-22) beat Derbyshire 150 for 6 (du Plooy 58*, Reece 56, Patel 2-14) by two runs

Veteran allrounder Samit Patel took the starring role as Nottinghamshire Outlaws beat Derbyshire by two runs to go second in the North Group after a Vitality Blast match shortened by rain to 15 overs a side.

The 36-year-old hit three sixes and six fours in an unbeaten 62 – his first half-century in the format for three years in his 110th consecutive appearance – and in taking 2 for 14 from three overs of his left-arm spin entered the record books as the first English player to complete the double of 250 wickets and 5000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.

Luis Reece hit 56 from 26 balls and Leus Du Plooy an unbeaten 58 including a six off the last ball but Derbyshire fell two runs short of their target of 153.

Ben Duckett supported Patel with 38 off 25 balls as the Outlaws totalled 152 for 6, the wickets shared equally between seamers Logan van Beek and George Scrimshaw.

Asked to bat first, the Outlaws lost top-scorers Alex Hales and Joe Clarke in the opening over, Hales leg before for a duck after van Beek’s opening delivery was called wide, Clarke well caught by Billy Godleman on the run from mid-off.

Debutant Sol Budinger confidently cut his first ball for four off Conor McKerr but was dropped at mid-off in the same over and miscued van Beek to be caught by the wicketkeeper in the next.

The Outlaws were restricted to 40 for 3 from a 4.3 over Powerplay before Scrimshaw removed Tom Moores. Duckett pulled Reece for the first six of the night but fell when Scrimshaw found some extra bounce and had him caught at backward point. Scrimshaw claimed his third wicket as Mullaney holed out to midwicket but Patel lifted Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Matt Critchley’s legspin over the rope in a 23-ball half-century and did the same to McKerr.

Derbyshire were 19 without loss after an untidy first over by spinner Matt Carter. They were checked by Jake Ball taking wickets with his first two balls as Harry Came looped to deep gully and Godleman hit straight to mid-off but Reece hit Luke Fletcher for 18 and there were sixes for both Reece and du Plooy in Ball’s second over as Derbyshire posted 61 for 2 in the powerplay.

Reece fell when he picked out Hales on the long-on boundary before Patel took his place in the record books by pinning Critchley leg before as the left-arm spinner teamed up with skipper Mullaney in stemming the flow of runs, Patel bowling Hudson-Prentice, before holding a tricky catch as Carter dismissed Brooke Guest.

du Plooy hit three sixes to take the Falcons close but ultimately not close enough.



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Aaron Finch: IPL return ‘hard to justify’ for Australia players missing tours | Cricket

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Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch believes it will be difficult for those players who have withdrawn from the tours of West Indies and Bangladesh justifying a return to the IPL when the competition resumes in September.

He confirmed that it had been part of long-term planning to rest David Warner and Pat Cummins from the trips, but they have been joined in staying home by Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson and Jhye Richardson. Allrounder Daniel Sams, who caught Covid-19 in India shortly before the IPL started, had previously taken himself out of contention for selection while Steven Smith was ruled out with an elbow injury.

Finch said he understood the mental toll that the IPL had taken on players – with the Australians enduring a complicated journey home due to border closures – but followed what national selector Trevor Hohns said last week about national duty taking priority later in the year.

“This is only my personal opinion, I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup then a huge home summer,” Finch told SEN WA when speaking to Adam Gilchrist. “It’s a tough situation everyone has been put in but personally I’d find it hard to do that knowing how challenging it is mentally and on your family.”

Although Finch knew he would be without Warner and Cummins in the coming months he admitted the overall number of pullouts had “surprised” him. Their absences have meant recalls for Dan Christian, Ben McDermott and Ashton Turner plus a maiden international call-up for pace bowler Wes Agar. It also means that Finch won’t have had a first-choice T20 team together for a year when the World Cup comes around.

“Pat Cummins and David Warner, that was a long-term plan for them that they weren’t going to go on this tour from the outset,” he said. “Having a big summer last year followed by IPL with a T20 World Cup and a view to the Ashes, guys who are playing three formats of the game it can be so brutal on them travelling and playing in bubbles.




Aaron Finch will again be well short of having his first-choice T20 side together © AFP


“I was a little bit surprised [with the others]. I’ve chatted to them all. A little bit surprised but also understandable. I know from my own point of view having gone to the UK then all the way through the home summer, I know towards the end of that year I was absolutely cooked mentally. Almost when the season finished it’s a great relief so I can understand, but wish they were there.”

Australia are due to depart for West Indies on June 28 for a tour that will include five T20Is and three ODIs. They are then scheduled to head straight to Bangladesh for five further T20Is between August 2 and 10 although those matches are still awaiting final approval around the biosecure plans.

Finch will return home and complete his quarantine shortly before his wife Amy is due to give birth to their first child on September 8. He expects to be able to be at home for three or four weeks before beginning final preparations for the T20 World Cup which is due to start in mid-October and may also be shifted to the UAE.

Once he is back and through another two weeks of quarantine, Finch’s home season will begin with domestic cricket in the BBL for Melbourne Renegades. Australia’s limited-overs cricket during the summer features visits by New Zealand and Sri Lanka from late January after the Ashes.

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West Indies vs South Africa, 2nd Test – Kyle Verreynne learning to go against his instincts in the Test match long game | Cricket

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Kyle Verreynne works to the leg side © AFP/Getty Images


“Stay boring,” was the advice Dean Elgar gave to Kyle Verreynne as the pair navigated a disciplined West Indies attack in seamer-friendly conditions on the opening day in St Lucia.

Playing in just his second Test match, Verryenne found himself at the crease with South Africa 37 for 3, the ball swinging and the home attack on the hunt. He joined his captain Elgar, who had battled through 52 balls for 16 runs, playing and missing aplenty, and was instructed to buckle up and stay put.

“[He told me] with the conditions being difficult, you don’t want to focus too much on scoring runs; it’s all about spending time in the middle.” Verreynne said. “The messages from him were about reminding me to stay patient, stick to the processes, remember the chats we had in the week, don’t do anything different, stay boring and spend time out in the middle.”

It took Verreynne 13 balls to score his first run and 24 before his first boundary. By the time he got to 10, he had faced 55 balls. Things became a little easier as the afternoon wore on, and his next 17 runs came in 33 balls, but it was still tough going.

“There was quite a lot of rain around yesterday as well so the wicket didn’t see any sunlight and it was a bit tacky in the morning. With the overcast conditions, there was quite a bit of swing about,” he said. “And then after lunch, the wicket started firming up and it was moving a bit quicker off the wicket. They have got a really skilful bowling line-up and they are very good at using the Dukes ball to their advantage. They made scoring quite tricky.”

For a player known for his aggression and ability to progress the game quickly, it was an exercise in self-denial which Verreynne had been working on in the week leading up to this match.

“I am quite a free-scoring player, but I found out in the first Test it’s probably not the way to go on this wicket,” he said. “I have been working a lot this week on adjusting to these conditions and putting certain shots away that I am used to playing. It was really nice to have Dean there to remind me of those chats and the net sessions I’ve had where I have had to restrict myself.”

Though Verreynne knew he had traveled to the Caribbean as the back-up batter, with vice-captain Temba Bavuma carrying a hip injury into the tour, he prepared for the first Test as though he would play, and he did. He scored 6 in that match and would likely have been benched if Bavuma recovered in time for this Test.

“I am still young and there is a process. You’ve got to stay patient and stay ready for when your opportunity does come,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of good chats with the coach and the captain and I know exactly where I stand. You’ve got to wait your turn and when your opportunity comes you’ve got to take it.”

But Bavuma dislocated a finger in training and Verreynne found out on the afternoon the day before the match that he would be given another chance. The coach said, “You’re in. Enjoy it.”

He has, though maybe not in the way he imagined he would. Like so many players before him, Verreynne described international cricket as a big step up from what he is used to domestically.

“What I found in this Test series is that you don’t really get a break. Sometimes in domestic cricket, you can go through periods where you’ve got to get through a five-over spell of really ruthless cricket back home and once you get through that, you can play freely. But here, it’s the whole day,” he said. “The bowlers don’t really take their foot off the pedal. You’ve got to be on it every single ball otherwise you are going to get found out.”

He was. A few balls before tea Verreynne tried to pull Shannon Gabriel but edged as the ball swung away to the leg side and was caught behind. He finished on 27. But his partnership with Elgar was worth 87, the highest of the innings so far, proving that there are occasions when boring works best.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent


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