Cricket: New Zealand, Bangladesh defend bouncers despite danger

সোমবার, ১৬ জানুয়ারী ২০১৭

16 January 2017 New Zealand and Bangladesh Monday defended the short ball as a legitimate weapon following the bouncer-laden first Test which saw Mushfiqur Rahim rushed to hospital after being hit on the head.

Kane Williamson led New Zealand in a stunning fightback to win the Test on Monday after Bangladesh were reduced to nine wickets in their second innings with Mushfiqur injured.

Williamson, who scored his 15th century as New Zealand mowed down a 217-run target late on the final day, said the injury was sad to see but the bouncer was a legitimate weapon.

After Bangladesh posted an imposing 595 for eight in their first innings and New Zealand fell 56 runs short in reply, the game turned when the hosts employed the short ball to end the Bangladesh second innings at 160-9.

Mushfiqur retired hurt on 13 and was taken to hospital in an ambulance after he was felled by a short-pitched delivery from Tim Southee.

It was one of several bouncers which had the Bangladesh captain frequently ducking and weaving during his 80 minutes at the crease.

Mushfiqur was given the all-clear following x-rays but took no further part in the match and while Williamson said that was unfortunate for Bangladesh, he defended the continued use of the short ball.

"It's a tactic to get players out," he said.

"It is very unfortunate when you do see someone get hit. It's obviously a delicate place and both teams were very concerned when it happened.

"It was sad to see. It's never nice to see someone in an ambulance on the cricket field but nice to see he's OK now."

Williamson said that after a tough first innings, the way the New Zealand bowlers came back in the second and "put the ball in the right area was a great effort which set the game up for us."

Bangladesh also made ample use of the bouncer with Neil Wagner hit three times in his first innings with one ball slamming the helmet grille into his face and leaving him with a cut chin.

Tamim Iqbal, who took over the leadership of the Bangladesh side, had no complaints about the tactic and likened a threatening short delivery in New Zealand to facing spin in the sub-continent.

"That's part of the game. You can't complain about it," he said.

"That was their strategy maybe. I have no complaints. I am sure Mushy (Mushfiqur) doesn't have complaints too.

"When they come to Bangladesh we know that they don't like playing spin, we'll bowl spin all day, that's what happens."


Cricket: Arrest warrants issued for Wasim Akram

বুধবার, ১১ জানুয়ারী ২০১৭

11 January 2017 A local court in Karachi on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against former star cricketer Wasim Akram, after he failed to appear before the court during last 31 hearings of a case, it has been learnt.

Akram himself had lodged the case in August last year at Bahadurabad police station against Maj (retd) Amirur Rehman and others.

The court issued bailable warrants against Akram and asked him to appear before the court on January 17.

On Aug 6, 2015, Akram's Mercedes was shot at on Karachi's Karsaz Road while the former cricketer was on his way to the National Stadium Karachi to conduct a training session for young bowlers.

The shooting incident took place after Akram got into a minor car accident.

Following the mishap the former cricket captain had asked the driver to pull over. A heated discussion had ensued and the suspect, who was sitting in the back seat, came out of the car and fired a shot which hit Akram's vehicle.

Later, after filing the case against him, Rehman had managed to get pre-arrest bail from the court. Subsequently, he also wrote a letter to the star cricketer, seeking pardon unconditionally.

Copyright: Dawn/Asia News Network


Football: Chelsea ponder appeal after Terry FA Cup red

সোমবার, ০৯ জানুয়ারী ২০১৭

09 January 2017 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his club may appeal against the red card shown to John Terry during the Premier League leaders' 4-1 FA Cup defeat of Peterborough United.

Terry, who was making his first appearance in two months, was dismissed in the 67th minute at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after a clumsy last-man challenge on Peterborough striker Lee Angol.

But Conte believes the 36-year-old centre-back, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was hard done by and questioned the decision of referee Kevin Friend.

"I think it wasn't right, this decision from the referee," said the Chelsea manager.

"He didn't take the opponent and also the second reason was because behind John there was Branislav Ivanovic to cover John.

"It's a pity when this happens, because the red card is not good. You have to respect the referee's decision, but in this case maybe we will do an appeal for this situation.

"The situation is very clear and I think John didn't deserve this."

Terry was sidelined with injury at the start of November and has been a spectator during Chelsea's surge to the top of the Premier League table on the back of a 13-game winning run.

The former England defender's future remains uncertain beyond the end of the season, but Conte said it was too early to discuss the possibility of a new deal.

"I think that now we are in January," he said. "First of all this type of decision, it's important to make this decision together (with) the club and not alone.

"I'm pleased for John, because he's showing me great commitment when I ask him to play, when he doesn't play, because he's helping me a lot in the changing room.

"He's showing me to be a good player, but above all a good man.

"Now it's important to continue in this way, because we have to play the second half of the season, the FA Cup. We have a lot of commitments."

Batshuayi 'improving'

Chelsea were leading through goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Michy Batshuayi and Willian before Terry's dismissal.

Tom Nichols replied for third-tier Peterborough, but Pedro wrapped up the win with his second goal.

Conte welcomed the return of centre-back Kurt Zouma following an 11-month absence with a knee injury and also explained why he has recalled Nathan Ake from a loan spell at Bournemouth.

"There were many good things, but the most important was the return of Zouma after 11 months. It was fantastic for him," Conte said.

"I recalled Ake because I think he is showing to be ready to stay in the Chelsea squad. Chelsea is his home.

"He is showing that he deserves to stay in a great team like Chelsea. He gives me an important option because we are playing with three central defenders.

"He can play on the left or in the middle, and we must see in training if he can play at wing-back. We wanted to bring him back because he gives me a good solution."

Conte refused to comment on reports he wants to swap Batshuayi for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, but said the young Belgium international had impressed him.

"Michy played a good game," Conte said. "During the game he always stayed into the idea, into the philosophy, into our idea of football. He showed me great commitment and great work-rate.

"Also he scored. For a forward it's always important to score for his confidence. He's a young player, he's working a lot, is improving.

"Now it's important for him to continue in this way and to give me the opportunity to have another solution in our squad."

Peterborough manager Grant McCann said: "It was a good learning curve for our boys.

"We could have come here and defended deeper and tried to frustrate them. But I thought we may as well come here and give it a go. I thought we did that."


Tanbir out as BCB names 15-member squad for first T20I

শনিবার, ৩১ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

31 December 2016 Bangladesh Cricket Board today announced a 15-member squad for the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand, which will be held at the McLean Park in Napier on January 3.

The squad includes 12 of the players who were part of the three-match ODI series while including pacer Rubel Hossain, all-rounder Shuvagata Hom and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. Injured wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was not included with Nurul Hasan Sohan taking his place. Leg-spinner Tanbir Haider, who played the last two ODIs againt New Zealand, did not make into the squad for the first T20I.

11 members of the 20-member squad, which played the last T20 in the World Twenty20 in March, were included while nine of those 20 were not included


Cricket: Blackcaps to keep bowling the short balls against Bangladesh

মঙ্গলবার, ২৭ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

27 December 2016 The Blackcaps bowlers didn't venture too far into their bag of tricks in Christchurch against Bangladesh on Monday. That is because they didn't need to, as they took five of their nine wickets off short deliveries.

"I think the boys in general were going to come quite aggressively at the Bangladeshis," said Black Caps fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, reports

"That was our game plan - trying to get wickets through the middle period."

Ferguson bowls at close to 150km/h.

Ferguson says his job is to rattle Bangladesh and bouncers is a good plan because they've mostly played on placid Sub-Continental wickets this year.

"They're probably not used to a bit of extra pace and bounce, so that's an area we are going to try to exploit," said Ferguson.

"We'll move onto the next game and maybe reassess, but I think it went really well yesterday."

But he discovered it can be costly when you get it wrong.

"In international cricket you bowl in that mid-torso region, it often gets sent to the boundary, but if you can get it higher they tend to hit the ball upwards and the catches come in," said Ferguson.

Accuracy is sure to be a focus come game two.

The Blackcaps bowled 18 wides and five of them were Ferguson's.

"The more I bowl each game the better I'll get and the more accurate I'll get, and then I'll get better results from there."


Cricket: Sammy takes Rajshahi to Qualifier 2

মঙ্গলবার, ০৬ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

06 December 2016 Rajshahi Kings captain Darren Sammy struck an unbeaten fifty when his side was in trouble to beat Chittagong Vikings by three wickets in the eliminator match of Bangladesh Premier League 2016 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur today.

Chasing 143 to advance to Qualifier 2, Rajshahi were looking down and out at 6-57 inside 11 overs. The seventh wicket stand of 37 in 3.2 overs, followed by 49 runs partnership in 4.1 overs for the 8th wicket took Rajshahi across the finish line.

Sammy was the protagonist in the decisive partnerships, and smashed 55 from only 27 balls. His match-winning knock contained seven fours and two towering sixes.

Subashis Roy and Saqlain Sajib of Chittagong took two wickets each. Saqlain captured two wickets for 24 runs in four overs.

Rajshahi will now play the loser of the first qualifier between Dhaka Dynamites and Khulna Titans on December 7, 2016.

Earlier, an inspired bowling performance from Rajshahi Kings’ foreign recruit Kesrick Williams helped his side restrict Chittagong Vikings to 142 for 8.


Comilla hold Rangpur in place [Comilla hold Rangpur in place] Comilla Victorians players converge around skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza during their Bangladesh Premier League group phase win over Rangpur Riders at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpu

রবিবার, ০৪ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

04 December 2016 After losing the afternoon game to Comilla Victorians by eight runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today, Rangpur Riders will have to wait for the fate of the evening match between Dhaka Dynamites and Khulna Titans to know whether they will qualify for the Bangladesh Premierl League playoffs.

In the penultimate match of the group stage a late surge from Ziaur Rahman, which saw the out-of-favour national all-rounder hit three sixes and a four in an unbeaten 22-ball 38, eventually proved to be in vain as Rangpur finished on 162 for eight, eight short of Comilla's total of 170 for six.

Currently, the seven-team table is topped by Dhaka on 16 points, followed by Chittagong Vikings, Rajshahi Kings, Rangpur Riders and Khulna Titans on 12 points each. Khulna and Rangpur both have negative net run rates, but if Khulna wins the evening match beginning at 5:45 pm, they will go to 14 points and qualify as the second-placed side while Rangpur will miss the four-team cut.

In chase of a steep total, only Mohammad Shahzad in the top four contributed with 45 but Soumya Sarkar \, Mohammad Mithun and Liam Dawson all fell cheaply to compound Riders' problems, which only got worse when Mashrafe Bin Mortaza castled Shahzad to have Rangpur 57 for four after 8.3 overs. Shahid Afridi engineered a mini-recovery with a 19-ball 38 featuring three fours and two sixes, but he was stumped off Rashid Khan off the last ball of the 15th over with the score on 114 for six.

After that, Ziaur's fireworks kept the game alive but there could only have been one winner. Rashid Khan was the best bowler with three for 13 off four overs, while Nabil Samad and Mashrafe took two each.

Earlier, a flying start by Comilla Victorians openers Imrul Kayes and Khalid Latif enabled their side to reach 170 for 6.

Rangpur captain Naeem Islam won the toss and invited Comilla to bat first. Both Imrul and Khalid were intent to score quickly, and gave Rangpur spinners a good hiding early in the innings. The first-wicket stand reached 88 in 10.2 overs when Arafat Sunny sent back Imrul.

Imrul scored 52 from 35 balls with seven fours and two sixes to his name. Khalid contributed to Comilla’s cause with 43 from 36. Some big hits late in the innings from Ashar Zaidi and Rashid Khan took the Victorians to their second highest total of BPL 2016.

For Rangpur, Rubel Hossain and Arafat took two wickets each. Rubel gave away 30 runs in four overs while Arafat conceded 29 in three.



Khulna stutter to 133 after 20 overs

বুধবার, ০৯ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

09 November 2016 A five-wicket burst from Rajshahi Kings bowler Abul Hasan helped his side restrict Khulna Titans to 133 for 8 in 20 overs during the 3rd match of Bangladesh Premier League at Mirpur stadium today.

Khulna captain Mahmudullah Riyad won the toss and opted to bat first. After a steady start, Khulna were in trouble at 4-72 inside 12 overs, and could not get the momentum to push for a big total. The sluggish nature of the pitch didn’t make batting any easier. Riki Wessels and Mahmudullah made 32 each but the rest of the batters failed to get going.

Abul Hasan’s five wickets for 28 runs in four overs was the fourth best bowling figures in an innings in Bangladesh Premier League. The five-for was also Hasan’s best figures in T20 cricket. He sent back Wessels, Mahmudullah, Alok Kapali, Ariful Haque and Shafiul Islam to dent Khulna’s hopes of a challenging total. Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Samit Patel picked up a wicket each.


Khulna Titans: 133/8 (20 overs)

Wessels 32, Mahmudullah 32, Abul Hasan 5-28

Khulna Titans: Alok Kapali, Riki Wessels (Wicketkeeper), Nicholas Pooran, Mahmudullah (Captain), Mosharraf Hossain, Ariful Haque, Abdul Majid, Mohammad Asghar, Shafiul Islam, Shuvagata Hom and Junaid Khan

Rajshahi Kings: Sabbir Rahman, Mominul Haque, Umar Akmal, Darren Sammy (Captain), Mehedi Hasan, Samit Patel, Farhad Reza, Nurul Hasan (Wicketkeeper), Mohammad Sami, Nazmul Islam and Abul Hasan


Football: Arsenal must put November struggles to bed, says Wenger

মঙ্গলবার, ০১ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

01 November 2016 November has not been the kindest month for Arsenal in recent seasons and while their schedule over the next four weeks offers plenty of opportunity to slip up again manager Arsene Wenger is determined to keep his players focused on the present.

Arsenal have taken an average of 1.59 points per November Premier League match during Wenger's 20-year tenure at the club, the worst of any month, according to British media.

Arsenal trail leaders Manchester City only on goal difference but face testing fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the league this month.

"We had some difficult Novembers but also positive ones. The most important thing is not to live in the past," Wenger said.

"You have to live with the team you have at the moment. Our destiny lies in the mind of the players: how strongly they are focused, how hungry they are in every single game.

"We have very important games in front of us. The best way for us is to try and win and continue this strong run. We have to keep a good balance between vigilance and confidence."

Arsenal are on a 14-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, winning 11 of those matches, and face Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League later on Tuesday.


World reacts to thrilling first Test between Bangladesh and England

সোমবার, ২৪ অক্টোবর ২০১৬

24 October 2016 A see-saw battle that could have gone either way ended in England’s favour, with the tourists winning the first Test against Bangladesh by 22 runs.

The hosts started the final day needing 33 runs to win with two wickets in hand. Sabbir Rahman almost turned out to be the star with an unbeaten 64 that could have helped Bangladesh notch up just their eighth win in 94 matches, reports

However, he was left stranded at the other end, as Taijul Islam and Shafiul Islam fell in the same over to Ben Stokes, handing England a narrow win.

Ben Stokes, Man of the Match

"We knew it would be either myself, Broady (Stuart Broad), or Woakesy (Chris Woakes) to bowl, the amount it was reverse-swinging, but we had the option of the new ball as well. The tour has started well, but we have a long winter ahead (England play Indi next).  I am happy that I chipped in with both bat and ball, I didn't want to give my wicket away.

The challenge of playing on subcontinental tracks

Started off pretty well but we have a long way to go from here. Hopefully, we would want to perform on a more consistent basis. I've had to adapt, with men around the bat, just make sure you don't give your wicket away and still play your shots. It's all in the training we do, making sure when we get out on the field that our bodies are used to the conditions."

Alastair Cook, England captain

"It was a really good Test match, to think we were here on day five with that wicket. It was such a tight game, so credit to both sides as it was a difficult wicket. I'm glad we held our nerve, the quality we have in our attack, we got it reversing. We also had the option of the new ball, which we could use with the spinners. It would have been a gamble but it was quite hard to bat against the new ball. It was a great match and we want to thank our loyal 10-15 supporters up there

On Ben Stokes

“It is not only just with the ball in hand but the way he batted, he balances the side. Those cricketers don't come around very often and he's got an enormous heart as well. He is a seriously good cricketer, who is handy in any team”.

On the performance of spinners

It is part of a seven-Test odyssey, I thought we did okay. They'll do well for the experience and they bowled some absolute jaffas as well. You are tested in so many different ways, that's why I keep saying how good Test cricket is. They haven’t bowled on such pitches before, but they will come good in the future".

Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh captain

“It was probably not in our favour (33 runs and two wickets), but the boys put in so much effort over the last five day, after 15 months, I'm really proud.

On the target

They scored 240 in the second innings, if we'd managed to get 290 in our first innings, it would have brought it down. Our boys fought it out which is really impressive and hopefully we'll do the same in the next match.

Sabbir’s performance and the nature of the track

Sabbir has been outstanding in the last one-and-a-half years. I thought it was a good track, it was spinning but not unplayable. Hopefully, we can come up with some good plans. Mehedi was excellent in his first game. If you want to play in the subcontinent, it should be that way and we have some good spinners."

Here are some reactions from the cricketing fraternity:


Rabbi ends Stokes-Bairstow stand

শনিবার, ২২ অক্টোবর ২০১৬

22 October 2016 4:25 pm: Finally Tigers tasted some success, and managed to end the Stokes-Bairstow stand that took the game away from them…Kamrul Islam Rabbi got his maiden wicket when Bairstow played on after a responsible knock. Too little too late for Tigers, and lead has gone beyond them by now…

JM Bairstow b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 47 (95b 6x4 0x6) SR: 49.47 Fall of wicket 189/6 (61.4 ov); Partnership: 127 runs, 34.3 overs, RR: 3.68 (Bairstow 47, Stokes 68)


England tour of Bangladesh, 1st Test
England293197/6 (64.0 overs)
Bangladesh248 all out


2:50 pm: England fought back with their sixth-wicket stand between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow as they extended the 45-run lead with matured batting.

The pair batted over 15 overs and scored 46 runs while keeping the Bangladesh bowlers at bay. They were prepared to play the waiting game, and didn’t try to do anything silly to score heavily.

With the lead swelling over 150 with five England wickets remaining, Bangladesh must end the Stokes-Bairstow partnership sooner than later for their own good.

Current partnership 46 runs, 15.5 overs, RR: 2.90 (Bairstow 17, Stokes 23)

2:10 pm: With England in deep trouble with five wickets down, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow settled the nerves in the visitor’s dressing room with sensible batting under pressure…both of them were keen were keen to defend the good balls, but kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos.

As the English batters were watching the ball closely, and playing late, they didn’t look out of sorts in the middle, and responded to the turn and bounce quite adeptly.

Bangladesh bowlers must not get carried away with the earlier burst of wickets…they must be patient and keep on persevering under the hot sun at Chittagong.

If you wonder what went through Shakib's head when he had a brain-freeze at the start of will find it here.

1:40 pm: Shakib gets the big wicket…brilliant catch behind the wickets from Mushfiqur Rahim to see the back of Moeen Ali, the chief tormentor in the first innings.

The England batsman lined up the ball outside off, but somehow managed to get an under-edge onto his pads…and then the ball lobbed off his gloves…and Mushy does the rest!

Bangladesh have England down on the mat, and they must go for the kill with half the side back in the dressing room…crucial session for the hosts.

MM Ali c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 14 (50b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.00

Fall of wicket 62/5 (27.1 ov); Partnership: 16 runs, 8.5 overs, RR: 1.81 (Ali 5, Stokes 10)

1:10 pm: Taijul Islam strikes, and just reward for the pressure applied by Bangladesh…Ballance was looking susceptible in the leg trap, and he swept straight into the leg-slip’s basket…brave fielding.

Bangladesh need wickets at regular intervals, as batting last on the Chittagong pitch will be a handful…can’t let the visitors off the hook!

GS Ballance c Imrul Kayes b Taijul Islam 9 (25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.00

Fall of wicket 46/4 (18.2 ov); Partnership: 18 runs, 7.0 overs, RR: 2.57 (Ali 9, Ballance 9)

12:55 pm: Bangladesh bowlers didn’t let the English batters, Moeen Ali and Gary Balance any freebies to settle down after lunch, and kept up the pressure with their disciplined bowling from both ends.

Moeen survived a close call in the 16th over bowled by Shakib. He got a thick inside-edge but Mominul Haque could only complete the catch with some help from his helmet…the ball ricocheted off the visor and down into his hands…. Mooen lives to fight another day.

A fluky escape! If the ball strikes protective clothing it is immediately dead...

12:10 pm: Shakib takes another…and that’s lunch for day-3…what a riveting session of Test cricket…visitors losing 3 for 3 and eight wickets falling earlier…Tigers will go to the dressing room with their tails up…three quick wickets, and they are back in the contest after the morning’s batting debacle.

Ben Duckett gloved the ball to his thigh pad and short leg took the simplest of catches…soft dismissal for the England opener.

BM Duckett c Mominul Haque b Shakib Al Hasan 15 (34b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.11

Fall of wicket 28/3 (11.2 ov); Partnership: 1 runs, 2.0 overs, RR: 0.50 (Ballance 0, Duckett 1)

England lead by 73 runs with 7 wickets remaining

11:55 am: Shakib strikes, and what a big wicket at that…Joe Root…Bangladesh allrounder’s 150th Test wicket…just what the doctor ordered…early breakthroughs to put England on the back foot! Root went for the review, but the on-field umpire’s call stays…out it is…

JE Root lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

The young debutant who tormented England in their first innings now gets the first breakthrough in the second...Alastair Cook goes…edge to first slip…good catch by Mahmudullah, held inches above the turf. Cook was hanging back and paid the ultimate price.

AN Cook c Mahmudullah b Mehedi Hasan Miraz 12 (23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.17

Fall of wicket 26/1 (8.1 ov); Partnership: 26 runs, 8.1 overs, RR: 3.18 (Cook 12, Duckett 14)

11:23 am: Stokes gets his fourth, and Bangladesh are all out…just enough reverse swing to bring the ball back and knock back the stumps…Kamrul Islam Rabbi is last man to go, and he leaves with a three-ball duck to his name…Tigers were 221 for 4 yesterday, and lost their last six wickets for 27 runs…capitulation with a capital C.

Paceman Ben Stokes picked up a four-for while off-spinner Moeen Ali took three as England needed just over an hour to bundle out the hosts.

Kamrul Islam Rabbi b Stokes 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sabbir Rahman pokes at the out-swinger from Stokes and sees Alastair Cook take a tumbling catch at slip…television umpire confirmed and the catch is clean…Bangladesh struggling to stop the rot.

Sabbir Rahman c Cook b Stokes 19 (32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 59.37

10:48 am: Oh no…the looks out, and is given out…reverse swing from Stokes, and it only works well at pace…Mehedi Hasan Miraz lasts only four balls, the review was not successful for Bangladesh.

Mehedi shuffled a long way across his stumps to counter Stokes' movement, but the ball would have struck leg.

Mehedi Hasan Miraz lbw b Stokes 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

10:38 am: Another one bites the dust…this time it is Shafiul Islam, Adil Rashid picked up the Tigers bowler with the wrong’un…not the best choice of shot considering Sabbir Rahman is at the other end to do the bulk of the scoring.

Floated from Rashid, Shafiul was looking for a mighty mow over the bowler's head, was beaten by the slight turn and ended up spooning a simple catch to Stuart Broad at mid-on…England are on a roll!

Shafiul Islam c Broad b Rashid 2 (29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.89

Partnership: 17 runs, 6.0 overs, RR: 2.83 (Shafiul Islam 2, Sabbir Rahman 15)

Batting ain’t that easy at this testing wicket…You are never set, says Tamim Iqbal.

10:15 am: What a morning for England…Shakib gone second ball…What was that from the allrounder? He went for the charge, missed the ball by a mile with his slog and Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps could hardly believe his luck…easy stumping, poor dismissal and a dismal show from the experienced cricketer.

Resuming on 221-5, Bangladesh were hoping Shakib, who was unbeaten on 31 overnight, would take them close to England's first innings total.

Shakib Al Hasan st †Bairstow b Ali 31 (62b 3x4 0x6) SR: 50.00



Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain, Wicketkeeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Shafiul Islam


Alastair Cook (Captain), Ben Duckett, Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (Wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad and Gareth Batty


Shakib Al Hasan: Bangladesh's global ambassador

সোমবার, ২৬ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৬

26 September 2016 Shakib Al Hasan, the role model of Bangladesh cricket lovers and the country's global ambassador has a long and fruitful road of cricket in front of him to walk with his head held high.

Bangladesh is a nation that lives by their passion for cricket. Here, every boundary by a localite is celebrated with claps and loud cheer, every six brings immense joy and a loss of wicket to their side results in pin drop silence in the ground.

Cricket is like an unofficial religion for the country and one of those players who brought more limelight to the game they play is Shakib-al-Hasan. In the brief history of cricket, Shakib is easily one of the legendary cricketers that Bangladesh has ever produced and definitely, he is one player that represents the team at world stage, reports

Shakib’s certificate to the unfailing credibility status bestowed upon him is his success. His numbers, style of play, techniques has made him standout of the rest of his team.

With his wicket of Shabir Noori during the first ODI against Afghanistan, Shakib became Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker in ODIs as well as in all formats. He has 147 wickets in Tests and is way ahead of the No. 2 in the list.

In Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), he has 65 wickets which is also the highest and in ODIs, he has 207 wickets beating Abdur Razzak, who played as a specialist bowler while Shakib is an all-rounder who has to carry out the duties as one of the backbones of the team’s batting.

Talking about his batting, he has 2,823 runs in Tests, which is the third highest for his team following Tamim Iqbal and Habibul Basar, who are again specialised batsmen.

In ODIs, he has 4,443 runs, the second highest by any Bangladesh batsman while in T20Is, he has 1,103 runs, again the second highest among all Bangladesh batsmen. But playing international cricket for Bangladesh is not the only thing that makes Shakib what he is today.

He is also the first Bangladesh cricketer to be a part of many of the Twenty20 (T20) leagues that take place around the globe – including Indian Premier League (IPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and of course, Bangladesh’s very own Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The road was never easy for Shakib to get to the stature he currently has in the world. Talent was always there, but there were bigger hurdles — like lesser exposure, no proper team to support his talent, the burden of taking care of the flaws of his team and so on.

But then, a legend is never born without difficulties. It is the situations one has overcome which make them stronger.

Shakib today is the top-ranked all-rounder in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and after serving the Bangladesh side for a decade now, there seems to be a lot more cricket still in him.

Most of Shakib’s contemporaries in the side are long gone, either by choice or by the lack of form that left the selectors with no other option than dropping them for an uncertain period of time.

On the other hand, Shakib is not tired of making and breaking records one after another. Now 29, there has seldom been a period when the country has not had his services for a considerable amount of time.


Football: FIFA bans Qatari official from Asian vote

সোমবার, ২৬ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৬

26 September 2016 World football body FIFA has banned a senior Qatari official from running in elections for a seat on its new-look council over an investigation. Scandal-plagued FIFA's ethics committee last month recommended a two-and-a-half-year ban from the game for Saoud Al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Qatar Football Association, for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry. FIFA has not revealed the subject of the inquiry, but it is not connected with the 2022 World Cup, which Qatar will host.

Mohannadi denies any wrongdoing and had been cleared to stand in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) elections in Goa, India, on Tuesday before the AFC announced that he'd been ruled out.

"FIFA has advised the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that, based on the report of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, it has decided Mr Saoud A. Aziz Al-Mohannadi (Qatar) is not eligible to stand in the elections for the FIFA Council," the AFC said in a statement late Sunday.

Six candidates from Asia, including China and North Korea, will vie at the AFC extraordinary congress in Goa for three seats on FIFA's council, which was set up under anti-corruption reforms earlier this year.

FIFA's all-powerful executive committee, which had become the epicentre of corruption at the organisation, was rebranded as a FIFA council at the body's congress in Mexico earlier this year.

It was created to operate in a similar way to a company's board of directors as part of plans to make the organisation more transparent, including in the awarding of host countries for World Cups, following a string of corruption scandals.

Three male candidates -- Zhang Jian of China, Iran's Ali Kafashian Naeni and Zainudin Nordin of Singapore -- will compete for two of the seats in Tuesday's vote, which will be attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino

Three women are contesting the third slot under FIFA's reforms which state that each confederation must have a minimum of one female representative on the council.

Former Australian footballer Moya Dodd is favourite to pip Mahfuza Ahkter of Bangladesh and North Korea's Han Un-Gyong to be the AFC female representative.

Infantino is undertaking a clean-up of FIFA after a series of corruption scandals and bribery allegations plunged the body into crisis.

Former president Sepp Blatter is serving a six-year ban from football over ethics violations while former secretary-general Jerome Valcke was banned for 10 years over misconduct regarding television deals and 2014 World Cup ticket sales.

Allegations of vote-buying have also dogged the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar.


Taskin can sleep again

শনিবার, ২৪ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৬

24 September 2016 Taskin Ahmed has filled the vacuum of the fourth pace bowler's spot for the series against Afghanistan, which came as a huge relief for the home team management who were loath to miss the services of a nimble fast bowler. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin was a relieved man as the International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday cleared the right-arm paceman as well as left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny.

But nothing could compare with the joy of the bowler who said in his immediate reaction that he was not only happy that he will be available for the coming home series but also that he will no longer be faced with strange questions about his action.

“Believe me I could not sleep since I appeared in the examination in Australia. Although I did not commit any crime, still it felt bad since I had been suspended from international cricket. Many people asked strange questions like 'has your arm now become straight?' and it was difficult for me to answer those questions. So today is a big day for me.

“It was a painful experience. Now nobody will ask those questions and I don't want to go through such an experience again,” said an excited Taskin.

“At first I called my parents and both were over the moon. After a long time they could rejoice wholeheartedly. All our national team's coaching staff helped me a lot. I want to give special thank to Mahbubul Alam Zaki sir who was with me over the last five months and even set up a six-foot mirror in my room,” continued the young paceman, who promised better performances on his comeback.

Minhajul also singled out Zaki. “He [Zaki] really worked hard, I want to thank him. We were confident and are now relieved that we got back one of our very important pace bowlers. I am confident that he will be the same bowler he was before the suspension because he only had a slight problem with some of his short balls. We have big plans for Taskin; we would like to see him playing in longer-version domestic cricket so that we can try him in Test cricket.”

Regarding Sunny, Minhajul said that they will prefer the left-arm spinner to play domestic cricket as he did not feature much in the Premier League matches and had to make significant changes in his bowling action.


Bangladesh call up Mosaddek for first two Afghanistan ODIs

বৃহস্পতিবার, ২২ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১৬
22 September 2016 Bangladesh have picked uncapped Mosaddek Hossain for their first two ODIs against Afghanistan.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 13-man squad on Thursday for the matches on Sep 25 and 28, with Mosaddek as the only newcomer and pacers Rubel Hossain and Shafiul Islam making comeback.

Pacer Taskin Ahmed, who gave his bowling action reassessment with Arafat Sunny earlier this month, will be added to the squad if the ICC clears him to bowl.

The 20-year-old batsman, who played just one Twenty20 International for Bangladesh, has been pushing for a spot in the national team with strong domestic performances.

Mosaddek, whose first two first-class centuries were double hundreds, scored 622 runs for Abahani at an average of 77.75 and a strike rate of 104.89 in the Dhaka Premier League last season.

He also grabbed 15 wickets in the tournament to underline his allround capabilities. Before this, Mosaddek turned heads in the National Cricket League and BCL.


US Open: Zheng sends Rio gold medallist Puig packing

মঙ্গলবার, ৩০ আগস্ট ২০১৬

30 August 2016 Monica Puig, whose Olympic tennis triumph in Rio de Janeiro gave Puerto Rico their first ever Games gold, was unceremoniously bundled out of the US Open on Monday by China's Zheng Saisai. Zheng beat the 32nd-seeded Puerto Rican 6-4, 6-2 to book a second-round date with either Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine or Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei.


ICC backs England decision to tour Bangladesh

রবিবার, ২৮ আগস্ট ২০১৬

28 August 2016 bInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson has welcomed England's decision to go ahead with their tour of Bangladesh, saying it was important to have the global game "played safely" in as many countries as possible.

Richardson, in a statement issued from the world governing body's Dubai headquarters on Saturday, added that following England's decision the ICC would make its own security arrangements to ensure the safety of their match officials.

The future of the tour was called into question after an attack on a Dhaka cafe last month saw 20 - mostly foreign - hostages killed, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility.

However, the England and Wales Cricket Board said Thursday the tour, which includes two Test and three one-day international matches in October, would go ahead as planned.

The confirmation followed a visit to Bangladesh by an ECB delegation, led by their long-serving security chief Reg Dickason.

The Australian briefed the England players on Thursday about the situation in Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong -- the venues for the tour.

"It is important to the global game of cricket that it can be played safely in as many countries as possible," said Richardson.

"The world in which we live means we all face threats wherever we are in the world.

"Where those threats are considered higher, cricket, like other sports, undertakes extensive security assessments in determining whether or not matches can go ahead.

"Under the expert guidance of Reg Dickason, England have concluded that it is safe to tour Bangladesh."

Former South Africa wicket-keeper Richardson added: "We welcome this decision understanding the extent of the intelligence behind it where the safety of players and staff is of utmost importance.

"Earlier this year, we held the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh with great success.

"Like the ECB, we had carried out all the relevant safety assessments prior to the tournament and concluded it was safe for everyone involved to play.

"Now the ECB has given the tour the go ahead, the ICC will instigate our own security investigations to ensure we are confident of the safety of our match officials."

Pakistan have not staged a home Test series in their own country since an armed attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009 and there were concerns that Bangladesh too might become a 'no-go area' for major international sides if England called off their tour.

Following the Lahore attack, match referee Chris Broad -- who came under fire in the separate van carrying match officials -- criticised the security arrangements made for him and his colleagues.

Stuart Broad, the former England opener's son, is now set to be a member of the Test squad that tours Bangladesh.

Australia cancelled their tour of Bangladesh last October for security reasons and then withdrew their side from the Under-19 World Cup in the country at the start of this year.

England, however, fielded a team in the youth tournament.

"I always had a hunch that England would come and there are a few reasons for that," Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Friday.

"England always sent their team. Even in India, they continued playing (after the 2008 attack in Mumbai).

"So England are not a team that bow their head down to terrorist activities."

ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss, the former England captain, said after Thursday's briefing: "England's tour of Bangladesh will continue as planned.

"The ECB and PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association) have the utmost confidence in the advice and support we've been given."


Bolt completes 100m treble

সোমবার, ১৫ আগস্ট ২০১৬

For 9.81 glorious seconds on Sunday, all the ills that have dogged athletics recently were forgotten as Usain Bolt stormed to victory in the 100 metres final to become the first man to win three successive Olympic titles on the track.

The Jamaican superstar trailed arch-rival Justin Gatlin, roundly booed by the Rio crowd for his doping past, until the 70 metre mark but then swept past the American, finding time to pat his chest as he crossed the line a metre clear.

Gatlin, the 2004 champion who came into the race with the season's fastest time of 9.80, took second in 9.89. Canada's Andre de Grasse claimed bronze in 9.91 seconds - the same finishing order as in last year's world championships.

Victory took Bolt a step closer to his goal of winning a historic "triple-triple" combination of gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay in three consecutive Olympics.

Other than the 2011 world championships, when he was disqualified for a false start, Bolt has won every other global championship individual sprint race since 2008.

That equates to five Olympic golds and seven in the world championships. Throw in two more Olympic and four world championship 4x100m relay golds and the world record in all three events and that is total and utter domination

"This is what we train for. I told you guys I was going to do it," Bolt, 29, told reporters. "Stay tuned, two more to go.

"Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal."

Already assured of his legend status, Bolt also added to his reputation as sport's number-one crowd pleaser as he took a leisurely circuit of the stadium, posing for pictures and shaking a thousand hands.

Official Relief

15 August 2016 If the fans were pleased, it is hard to imagine the relief felt by officials of the IAAF and IOC, who must have been dreading a Gatlin victory.

The American has served two drugs bans, though he denies any deliberate wrongdoing for either, and at 34 was bidding to become the oldest 100m champion.

The Rio fans certainly showed what they thought of him as he was loudly booed as he entered the arena, and Gatlin returned the compliment by being the only finalist not to acknowledge the crowd.

Bolt, in contrast, brought the spectators to a fever pitch of excitement as he strolled in, smiling and waving, to chants of "Bolt, Bolt, Bolt."

"I was surprised," Bolt said. "It is the first time I have come into a stadium and they booed someone. It was shocking."

It was no surprise to see Gatlin, the fastest man in the semi-finals, get his usual explosive start but Bolt, who had looked much smoother out of the blocks in his semi than in Saturday's heats, was where he needed to be.

The race followed the pattern of so many before as he eventually unravelled his long legs to gain maximum pace and though he did not hit the front until later than he might have liked, when he did he shot past Gatlin like a track cyclist coming out of a slipstream in the velodrome.

The time was a long way off his 2009 world record of 9.58 but that was never the issue at stake.

Heats for the 200 start on Tuesday with the final on Thursday.


23rd gold provides perfect finish for Phelps

রবিবার, ১৪ আগস্ট ২০১৬

14 August 2016 Michael Phelps brought the curtain down on one of sport's most storied careers with a dynamite relay swim to give himself 23 Olympic gold medals and declared it a perfect finale.

The American, far and away the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, finished with five golds and a silver in Rio after signing off in dramatic style, coming to the rescue in the 4x100m medley final.

Turning back the clock in his fifth and final Games, Phelps produced a blistering third leg of butterfly to restore his team's lead and tee up victory after Britain's Adam Peaty had threatened to gatecrash his party.

"Getting off the bus and walking to the pool tonight, I pretty much felt myself starting to crack," confessed Phelps.


"Last warm-up, last time putting on a suit, last time walking out in front of people, representing my country -- it's insane, a lot better than it was four years ago," added the 31-year-old, who retired after the 2012 London Games before returning for one last hurrah.

"This is how I wanted to finish my career. I've lived a dream come true. Being able to cap it off with these Games is just the perfect way to finish."

The hullabaloo over the Phelps's farewell overshadowed the achievement of the women's 4x100m medley relayers as they captured their country's 1,000th Olympic medal, according to the United States Olympic committee.

The country's first medal dates back to 1896, when James Connolly won triple jump gold.


Even that statistic seemed to pale against the irrepressible Phelps -- and likewise Ryan Murphy's leadoff backstroke leg, which set a new 100m world record of 51.85.

"No matter what country you swim for you're indebted to Michael Phelps," said Murphy after winning his third Rio gold. "He's opened a lot of doors for all of us. It was awesome to be in that race with him."

Nathan Adrian brought the Americans home to preserve their unbeaten Olympic record in the event and give them a 16th swimming gold from 32 events for the week, matching their haul in London four years ago.

An Olympic record time of 3:27.95 was lost in the emotion after the race as Phelps tearfully saluted the crowd while his beauty queen fiancee Nicole Johnson looked on sobbing as she cradled baby son Boomer.

Icing on the cake


Britain took silver, thanks largely to a breaststroke leg from Peaty that was quicker than the world record he set to win individual gold, but won't count as it came in the middle of a relay.

Australia claimed bronze, but the memory of sharing the pool with Phelps in his final race could last longer than the glow of their relay gongs.

The women's quartet of Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Simone Manuel and Dana Vollmer made history, but were made to work.

The Americans, who failed to medal at last year's world championships, had looked in peril when two-time doping violator Yulia Efimova gave Russia the lead on the breaststroke.


But Vollmer's butterfly averted a crisis and Manuel brought them home in 3:53.13 almost two seconds ahead of Australia with Denmark taking bronze.

"A 1,000th gold for team USA is a nice number," said Manuel. "It's really special. Just sharing that with three other women, it's the icing on top of the cake."

Pernille Blume, who swam Denmark's anchor leg, earlier won gold in the women's 50m free, inflicting more heartbreak on Australia's Cate Campbell after her 100m flop.

Blume won in 24.07 with Manuel adding silver to her surprise 100m gold with a time of 24.09 and Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus, the London runner-up previously banned for doping, taking bronze.

"It's possibly the greatest choke in Olympic history," said 100m world record holder Cate, who finished fifth.

"It hurts. I almost needed someone to give me a Heimlich manoeuvre a couple of nights ago."

Campbell returned around 20 minutes later for the 4x100 medley relay but despite a fine anchor leg could not prevent the United States retaining their Olympic title.

World champion Gregorio Paltrinieri blazed to gold in the men's 1,500m in the absence of defending champion Sun Yang, who crushed out in the heats blaming a cold, the Italian smashing a quality field to win in 14:34.57.


Mohammad Ashraful’s ban to be lifted today

শনিবার, ১৩ আগস্ট ২০১৬

Bangladesh's cricket authorities will lift the ban on former captain Mohammad Ashraful today, allowing him to play in selected domestic competitions.

13 August 2016 “After we receive the ‘certificate of good conduct’ from the International Cricket Council, Mohammad Ashraful will be eligible to return to cricket from August 13, 2016,” said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

“Since there is no domestic competition at the moment, we are not rushing into this matter, and will wait for the certificate to arrive.”

The former Bangladesh captain, who has served three years of his suspension for involvement in match-fixing and spot-fixing in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), will only be eligible to play international cricket from 2018.

"Ashraful is eligible to play domestic cricket from the 13th August 2016. However, he will be ineligible to play International cricket or the BPL (until 2018)," said Yasin Patel, a British lawyer who represented Ashraful during the trial, reports AFP.

Ashraful was initially banned for eight years in 2014 after he tearfully confessed on national television to helping fix matches in the scandal-hit Bangladesh Premier League.

The Twenty20 tournament was eventually left suspended in the wake of the match-fixing controversy before being resumed in 2015 with six new franchises.

A local appeal panel in September 2014 cut Ashraful's ban to five years including a two-year suspended sentence, meaning he can return to competitive cricket from August 2016.

The BCB and the ICC had lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland against his reduced ban in October 2014, but later withdrew it.


Yuri van Gelder expelled for night of drinking

মঙ্গলবার, ০৯ আগস্ট ২০১৬

09 August 2016 Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled from the Olympics for "gravely" violating team rules by going out for a night of drinking in Rio after qualifying for the finals of the rings event, the Dutch team said.

The 33-year-old left the Olympic village on Saturday evening and spent the night celebrating before he returned in the early hours of Sunday morning, violating rules concerning alcohol consumption and leaving the team base.

"It's terrible for Yuri, but this kind of behaviour is unacceptable," Dutch team chef de mission Maurits Hendriks said in a statement on Tuesday. "In sports terms this is a disaster, but we had no other choice given the violation of our values."

Van Gelder, the rings world champion in 2005, has a previous instance of violating rules at a major sporting event. In 2009, he was suspended from the Dutch Gymnastics Union for taking cocaine three days before the national championships.

The Dutch team has imposed strict living conditions on its athletes. According to media reports, they are forbidden from entering Rio for safety reasons, while athletes who have completed their events must return home to avoid distracting team mates.


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