BCB announces new contracts, Tamim gets a rookie one

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Dhaka, May 7 (UNI) Just three days before the home series against India, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has given due recognition to its players for their recent performance in the Caribbean World Cup by renewing their contracts for another six months and awarding a rookie contract to opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.

Largely seen as an incentive for a better performance against the Indians in the upcoming series, the sops were announced here last night.

The BCB sources said those benefited from the six months' contract would be Tushar Imran, Shahdat Hossain, Abdur Razak, Syed Rasel, Enaml Haque, Nazimul Hossain and Tapash Baisya. The new contract would be from April one to September 30, 2007 with retrospective effect.

The board also decided to renew the rookie contracts of young wicket-keeper batsman Mushafiqur Rahim, all-rounder Shakib-ul Hasan, Farhad Reza and Mehrab Hossain.

Dashing left hand opener Tamim Iqbal, who continues to be in fine form, was awarded a rookie contract for the same period for his impressive show in the World Cup 2007 in West Indies.

In yesterday's warm up match Tamim hit a blistering 49 to show he has not lost any of the fire that tore the Indian attack to smithereens in Trinidad.

Meanwhile, skipper Habibul Bashar, his deputy Md Ashraful, Shahriar Nafees, Javed Omar, Khaleed Masud, Md Rafique, Rahin Saleh, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Aftab Ahmed were already under a year long contract.

However, speculations are rife that after the home series Bashar could retire from the shorter version of the game. A leader by example he has led Bangladesh cricket to heights which they have never scaled before, but poor form has been a problem off late.

In yesterday's practice match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur, Bashar scored only nine.

Meanwhile, the BCB also renewed the contracts of Alok Kapali and Nafis Iqbal who were presently not a part of the Bangladesh team.


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