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Mahinur Jahid Memorial Cricket Match

BPCA takes home the runners-up trophy at the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Cricket Match

On Saturday, June 14, 2014 the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) took part on the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Cricket Tournament held by the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF).

MJMF is a non-proftit organization founded in 2012 in memory of Mahinur Jahid, who died in a car accident in the city of Lloydminster of Alberta at the age of 27. The organization is supporting Bangladeshi and Canadian youth by providing access to education, and organizing cultural and sports activities.

Team BPCA receiving the Runners-Up Trophy

Team BPCA receiving the Runners-Up Trophy

At the tournament two teams gave each other a suspense-packed fight for the Champions Cup, the team of BPCA, and the team of BHESA (Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta). For the majority of the game Team BPCA was leading the board, but in the last moments of the game we gave away the safely deemed win to Team BHESA, who won the game by only 1 run. The overall score was 103 in 20 overs for BPCA, and 104 in 19 overs for BHESA.

The event at the St. Joseph High School soccer field was well visited by many families and teenaged children, and lasted from the morning to the afternoon. The organizers supplied the hungry players and the audience with refreshments, and a traditional food of Bangladesh called Chicken Beriani.

The trophies

The Trophies

One of the highlights was the visit and speech of chief guest MLA Hon. Matt Jeneroux, Member of the Parliament of Alberta. The eminent journalist and president of BPCA Delwar Jahid inaugurated the event. Another highlight was set with the start of the official magazine of the Mahinur Jahid Memorial Foundation (MJMF) called »UNITE«, which was issued to interested visitors during the event.

The attending cricket players were honored with trophies for first and second place, a medal and a certificate of participation. A third trophy for the man of the match chosen in overall consideration went to the team leader of our opponent Team BHESA Ahsan Ullah.

The Teams with Chief Guest MLA Hon. Matt Jeneroux

The Teams with Chief Guest MLA Hon. Matt Jeneroux

The champions of the match Team BHESA were represented by Ahsan Ullah, Halim Shah, Haroon Sharif, Ghulam Sarwar, Muhammad Anisul Haque, Khairul Robin, Muhammad B. Huda, Abararul Mannan, Khairul Robin, Abdul Bari, Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman and Sam Islam. Team BPCA, the runners-up of the game, consisted of the players Tanvir Hasan, Saifuddin Khaled, Kausar Khanduker, Sanjiba Chowdhury, Masud Bhuiyan, Syfur Hasan, Mirza Basirul Alam, Adnan Kamal, Abdul Haque Shamim, Raihan Jamil and Khdemul Islam. Referees were in the first season Shahid Hassan, and in the second season Nobi Muhammad.

We enjoyed this outdoor event held on a sunny day in Edmonton very much and are already looking forward to send our cricket team to a rematch. Anybody in our community interested to join our cricket team on the field may contact Delwar Jahid directly.