The ‘Walton-DRU Media Cricket Tournament-2023’ started on Monday (November 20) organized by Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).
The chief guest of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md. Atiqul Islam
At that time, he said, there is no alternative to sports in building a drug-free society. DIU’s beautiful arrangement deserves praise.’ The Mayor of DNCC announced that he will always stand by DRU for the welfare of journalists.
Calling for objective news coverage, Mayor Atiq said to the journalists, ‘White must be called white. What is true is true, nothing can make it false. So, always write the truth, even if it is against me. In any way, news should not be made with false information or speculation. Individuals and society are affected by it. This matter must be taken care of.’ He expressed his desire to visit and award meritorious journalists abroad.
DRU President Mursalin Nomani presided over the event as the special guest was Robiul Islam Milton, Deputy Executive Director of Walton, the sponsoring organization. Sports Secretary of DRU. Mainul Hasan Sohel, general secretary of the organization, gave a speech on the occasion moderated by Mahbubur Rahman.
Present were – Finance Secretary Sakhawat Hossain Sumon, Organizing Secretary Saiful Islam, Publicity and Publication Secretary Kamal Uddin Sumon, Entertainment Secretary Mohammad Naeemuddin, Welfare Secretary Md. Tanveer Ahmed and Executive Member Mostafizur Rahman Sumon.
A total of 12 matches were played on the opening day:
Kale Kantha vs Our Economy: Kale Kantha kicks off Media DRU Cricket Tournament with a win. They beat our economy by 2 runs. Kal Kantha won the toss and batted first, losing 2 wickets and scoring 79 runs in the stipulated 6 overs. Rahenur Islam scored maximum 45 runs. Batting to win, our economy stopped at 77 runs. Rahenur Islam of Kal Kantha became the man of the match.
News 24 vs Naya Diganta: News 24 started the media tournament with a win. They beat Naya Diganta by 10 wickets. After losing the toss and batting first, Naya Digant lost 4 wickets and scored 128 runs in 6 overs. Monirul Islam Rohan scored maximum 48 runs for the team. Batting for a target of 129 runs, Shaun’s unbeaten 79 runs put News 24 on the verge of victory. News 24’s Shawn was Man of the Match. Shaun also took 1 wicket in bowling.
GTV vs Timelight: GTV started the tournament with a win. After winning the toss and batting first, GTV lost 3 wickets and scored 116 runs in the allotted 6 overs. Mainul scored maximum 52 runs for the team. The light innings of the time stopped at 89 runs when he went to bat with a target of 117 runs. GTV won the match by 27 runs. GTV’s Mainul Islam won the man of the match award by scoring fifty.
Baisakhi TV vs Dawn Paper: Baisakhi TV wins the first match. After winning the toss and batting first, Baishakhi TV lost 5 wickets and scored 107 runs in the scheduled 6 overs. Perth scored the maximum 55 runs for the team. Going into bat with a target of 108 runs, Bhor Kaggi stopped at just 38 runs. Baisakhi TV won the match by 69 runs. Perth of the winning team won the man of the match award by scoring a fifty.
Face off Business Post Morning call: Business Post starts the tournament with a win. After winning the toss and batting first, he scored 94 runs in the allotted overs. After going down to bat with a target of 95 runs, Business Post reached the target of victory with the loss of 1 wicket. Arifur Rahman Tuhin of the winning team won the Man of the Match award by scoring 34 unbeaten runs and 1 wicket.
Khabar Connection vs Dawn Akash: Khabar Connection won the first match. After winning the toss and batting first, Team Bhorer Akash scored 49 runs losing all wickets in 5.4 overs. Batting for a target of 50 runs, Khabar Connection reached the target of winning by losing 1 wicket in 3 overs. Moshkayet Mashrek of the winning team won the man of the match award by scoring an unbeaten 34 runs.
Kalbela vs Aajkal News: Kalbela started the tournament with a win. Winning the toss and batting first scored 77 runs for 3 wickets in the stipulated over. Kalbela went down to bat with a target of 78 runs and lost 3 wickets to reach the target of victory. Sheikh Harun of the winning team won the man of the match award by scoring 47 runs.
Ajker Patrika vs Daily Struggle: Ajker Patrika started the tournament with a win. Today’s newspaper won the toss and batted first, scoring 86 runs for 4 wickets in the allotted overs. Going to bat with a target of 87 runs, Dainik Sangram stopped at 58 runs. Today’s newspaper to win the match by 28 runs. Humayun Kabir of the winning team won the man of the match award by scoring 29 runs.
NTV vs Bangladesh Pratidin: Bangladesh Pratidin started the Walton-DRU cricket tournament with a win. After winning the toss and batting first, Bangladesh scored 68 runs for 2 wickets in the stipulated over. Majbaul Haq scored the maximum 24 runs. In response, NTV was bowled out for 61 runs. Bangladesh Pratid won by 7 runs and advanced to the next round. Mazbaul Haque won the match scorer award by scoring 24 runs.
In the 10th match of the day, Jamuna TV and Rising BD were supposed to face each other, but as Jamuna TV did not come to the field, Rising BD got a walkover and advanced to the second round.
Observer vs NewAge: NewAge won the toss and batted first, scoring 98 for 2 in the allotted overs. Faiz scored the maximum 29 runs. In response, the Observer finished the scheduled over with 98 runs for 4 wickets. As a result, the game goes to super over. NewAge advanced to the next round by defeating the Observer in the Super Over.
In the 12th match of the day Manavkantha was scheduled to face Dhaka Post but Manavkantha did not come to the field. As a result, Dhaka Post got a walkover and advanced to the second round.
Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BFA) is providing medical support for this event. The opening ceremony was attended by the president of BFA. Anwar Hossain and General Secretary M Shakhawat Hossain. This time maximum 55 media workers are participating in this tournament.