Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Winning back-to-back titles is just fantastic, says Ian Pont

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 February 2013

Ian Pont with the Bangladesh Premier League trophy

Ian Pont with the Bangladesh Premier League trophy

Archant

IAN Pont is back home in Halstead after leading defending champions Dhaka Gladiators to their second successive title in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Pont, who coached the star-studded line up last year, returned this time with legendary players such as Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, plus England’s Luke Wright and Owais Shah from Essex, to retain the trophy.

He said: “Winning back-to-back titles is just fantastic. With an extra franchise this year, competition was even stiffer but we managed to maintain consistency throughout.”

Dhaka finished top of the group in the first phase, winning nine matches and losing just three. They had an exciting four-run win over second-placed Sylhet Royals in the ‘Race To The Final’ between the top two before winning Tuesday’s final, where Dhaka Gladiators scored 172 for nine whilst the Chittagong Kings fell 43 runs short after being bowled out for 129.

“The secret is in team selection and how you blend the local and overseas players”, said former Essex bowler Pont.

“Our players performed at key times, which helped us make important wins. It was bitter-sweet winning over a Chittagong team that included Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate - two players I have worked with at Essex previously.”

Dhaka Gladiators now qualifiy for the lucrative Champions League in September, when they will take on the world’s best in India.

“I am excited by Champions League. It will give us all a chance to see how we can perform on a world stage, out of a local environment and against the very finest players,” added Pont.

Dominic Iorfa knows the best way to respond to criticism from the stands is by proving his worth to the Ipswich Town supporters on the pitch.

Ipswich Town have confirmed the signing of midfielder Stephen Gleeson on a free transfer from Championship rivals Birmingham City.

Mike Bacon takes at look at how the Video Assistant Referee is working in football as asks, is there too much technology in the game now?

Ipswich Town have signed defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

In this week’s nostalgia we take a look back to December 2012, when Dougie Freedman suffered his first defeat as Bolton manager as Michael Chopra grabbed a last-minute winner for Ipswich at the Reebok Stadium.

Ipswich Town take on Bolton Wanderers in a Championship game at The Macron Stadium tomorrow. STUART WATSON previews the action.

Ipswich Town will announce the loan signing of Birmingham City midfielder Stephen Gleeson tomorrow morning.

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are said to be one of a number of clubs considering a January bid for Ipswich Town loanee Bersant Celina, according to reports.

Bartosz Bialkowski and Cole Skuse will both be fit for Ipswich Town’s trip to Bolton on Saturday.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hopeful he will add to his squad in time for Saturday’s visit to Bolton.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

London Boat Show 2018

cover

Click here to view
London Boat
Show supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24