THE popular Indian Premier League (IPL) is underway attracting big crowds. Spectators are seen swarming the grounds where matches are being held. Elsewhere hundreds of thousands of people gather in front of television sets to watch the action live. Almost all international stars of present day cricket are participating in the league.
Two of our players Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman are taking part in the most expensive T20 tournament of the world. Mustafizur has already made his mark as a mystery bowler. Shakib, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders like last year, played only one match out of the three games played so far by his team. As the tournament progresses, we shall see the excitement mounting higher. The glitz and glitter of the IPL will gradually grip the cricket loving world. This is the ninth edition of the IPL and day by day its popularity is growing.
T20 cricket has added a new dimension to the game. In a span of less than four hours the T20 version of cricket provides explosive entertainment and fun. We see the crowd of all ages loving this shorter version of cricket. The IPL is attracting Bangladeshi spectators particularly because two of our brilliant cricketers are in it. The IPL will also prove beneficial for our cricket as our cricketers are gaining valuable experience when they play there. I hope Shakib and Mustafizur will play their best and come back home with more experience and refinement.
Mohammed Sohel Hara