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'Practice matches will be the key'

'Practice matches will be the key'

When one talks about Bangladesh's cricketing literature, there's always room for Akram Khan. The burly batsman, whose lofty hits took Bangladesh into their first ever World Cup, needs no introduction. What he did is now a glorious part of Bangladesh's cricket history. The big man knows better than anybody else as to what kind of emotions develop among the country's cricket fraternity when it comes to World Cup. But when he says that the current team is capable of beating any team in the world, he is not filling the shoes of just another overly dramatic fan; he has after all seen these boys up close. According to the former national captain, momentum is all what this team needs. And for that, he wants the Tigers to do well in their first four...

An opening record

An opening record

Rony Talukdar emerged as a run-machine as he hit yet another...

Tigers sans Tamim in Brisbane warm-ups

Tigers sans Tamim in Brisbane warm-ups

Despite making good progress with his fitness levels, opener Tamim Iqbal...

BCB silent on PCB’s demands

According to Pakistani media reports, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had sought one week's time to reply to the Pakistan Cricket...

Richards's Top 10

Richards's Top 10

  One of the most aggressive and destructive batsmen ever to play the game, Sir Vivian Richards picked up his top 10 ODI batsmen of all time in a column that appeared in the ICC's official website Media Zone yesterday.     Sachin Tendulkar - If ever there is a team picked without him, it would be of...

Faulkner's World Cup in doubt

James Faulkner scored a 24-ball fifty in the final that buried England, and took a wicket first ball to provide a nice little icing, but he walked off midway in his third over with what seemed like a side strain. The exact nature and extent of the injury is not known yet, but the Australian camp did not sound too optimistic about his World Cup chances. At the post-match presentation George Bailey joked that Faulkner can be dramatic at...

Aussies take tri-series

A career-best performance by much-maligned all-rounder Glenn Maxwell inspired Australia to a crushing win over England in the one-day international tri-series final at the WACA Ground on Sunday. Maxwell took the highest score of 95 to help Australia recover from a poor start to make 278 for eight, winning by 112 runs. He then took four wickets and a fine catch as England crumbled in the run chase to be dismissed for just 166 in 39.1 overs. England, who will face Australia...

Australian Open

Fifth jewel in Novak's crown

Fifth jewel in Novak's crown

World number one Novak Djokovic won a fifth Australian Open title and his eighth Grand Slam Sunday, grinding down Britain's Andy Murray in four sets to heap more misery on the Scot. Djokovic won 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-0 in 3hr 39min to stretch his formidable record on the Melbourne hardcourts to winning...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

'We'll go for the kill'

'We'll go for the kill'

Even though a draw against Sri Lanka today will be good enough for Bangladesh to go through to the semifinals of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, the hosts are looking forward to securing full points in this crucial match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Following the lacklustre defeat against Malaysia U-23 team in their opening...

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Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

The weight of history

The weight of history

When Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in today's crucial fixture of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, the habit of collapsing under pressure may come in their way of making it to the last four. In the last 15 years, Bangladesh buckled under pressure in four major tournaments -- the AFC Challenge Cup finals in 2010,...

Barclays English Premier League

Five-star Gunners

Five-star Gunners

Arsenal stepped up their renewed challenge for a top four place in the Premier League with a ruthless 5-0 demolition of struggling Aston Villa on Sunday. Arsene Wenger's side moved above Tottenham into fifth place and within touching distance of fourth-placed Southampton in the race to qualify for the Champions League thanks to their...

'I am not an angel'

'I am not an angel'

Chelsea striker Diego Costa accepted he was "no angel" but insisted he had not done anything wrong in the incident that led to him receiving a three-match ban. The 26-year-old was suspended for three games by the Football Association, after being found guilty of violent conduct when it was ruled he had deliberately stamped...

Goalless draw at empty BNS

The Bangabandhu Gold Cup produced its first goalless draw yesterday as the six-nation tournament moved to the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. Rank outsiders Singapore U-23 team held pretournament favourites Bahrain U-23 team in a match, which was marked by plenty of action, missed chances, goalkeeping howlers, goalline clearances and flailing tempers. However, the important thing missing was a goal. But there weren't too many people in attendance to lament that either. Bahrain had come into the tournament on the...

Marseille keep up pressure

A single point separates the top three teams in Ligue 1 after Marseille climbed back to second with a hard-fought 1-0 home win over plucky Evian on Saturday. The victory was secured when Andre-Pierre Gignac converted a penalty. Lyon are top on 48 points ahead of their clash with Monaco but Marseille and PSG are breathing down their necks on 47 points each.

Jose keeps irking FA

The Premier League is likely to punish José Mourinho after he maintained his silence by failing to fulfil his media duties before or after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City. It follows Mourinho cancelling his pre-match conference on Friday after he was fined £25,000 by the FA for alleging there is a “campaign” against Chelsea in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Southampton on 28 December. Premier League rules state managers must speak to rights holders the day before the...

Juve, Roma stutter

Roma's hopes of a first Serie A title faded further on Saturday after a fourth consecutive draw, 1-1 at home to Empoli, to leave Juventus seven points clear after the Old Lady's trip to Udinese ended in a 0-0 draw. Inter Milan's Champions League qualification hopes were kept in check by a 3-1 defeat away to Sassuolo on Sunday when both sides finished with 10 men. Sassuolo moved up four places to eighth to sit two points ahead of Inter, who...

Dortmund hit bottom again

Borussia Dortmund slipped back to the bottom of the Bundesliga on Saturday despite picking up a point in their goalless draw at fellow Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen. Before kick-off, Freiburg's 4-1 comeback win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt had lifted Christian Streich's side up to 13th to send Dortmund bottom for the first time since November. But Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund failed to break the hosts' defence at Leverkusen's BayArena as Borussia's Italy striker Ciro Immobile squandered a string of second-half...

Protest at the Open

Two activists were arrested after invading centre court during the Australian Open men's final, unfurling a banner protesting against the treatment of refugees. Security officials quickly encircled Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray when the women jumped on court during the second set. A white banner draped over advertising hoardings on the side of the court on Rod Laver Arena read "Australia Open for Refugees #shutdownmanus." The two were taken from the court by security officials with at least four others, wearing Australia...

Andy finds it okay

In a cheeky display of nonchalance, Andy Murray's fiancee Kim Sears has taken her place on the sidelines of the Australian Open Men's final wearing a shirt with a parental advisory logo, presumably in response to the media flurry around her outburst during Murray's semi-final. The black and white t-shirt warning others of "explicit content" raised some eyebrows, but not as many as the 27-year-old's tirade during Murray's match against Czech number 7, Tomas Berdych. She was captured shouting gleeful profanities...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Djokovic beats luckless Murray for fifth Australian Open

Djokovic beats luckless Murray for fifth Australian Open

World number one Novak Djokovic won a fifth Australian Open title and his eighth Grand Slam Sunday, grinding down Andy Murray in four gruelling sets to heap more misery on the luckless Scot. The Serbian won 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-0 in 3hrs 39mins to stretch his formidable record on the Melbourne hardcourts...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Published Date: February 1, 2015
'Clarke can take all singles he wants'

'Clarke can take all singles he wants'

Bangladesh's practice schedule at Brisbane just got a tad bit more exciting yesterday when Cricket Australia confirmed that captain Michael Clarke would feature for Australia XI in Bangladesh's second practice match on February 5. The news brought out rather cheeky comments from Bangladesh's team management. “We will push the field back and try to get...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Bangladesh in Malaysia's debt

Bangladesh in Malaysia's debt

By the time the Bangladesh team returned to the team hotel in Dhaka, they must have all been praying for a little bit of favour from the Malaysia U-23 team, who had beaten them 1-0 in the first match of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup. The single-goal meant Bangladesh would need only a draw...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Expectations Down Under

Published Date: February 1, 2015
'Don't be overambitious'

'Don't be overambitious'

Former Bangladesh captain Shafiqul Huque Heera has had the opportunity, as a team manager, to keenly observe the way the current generation's players have grown. He has helped groom a number of Bangladesh's game-changers.  And as a result many reckon that he knows, better than most, the caliber of Bangladesh's fifth World Cup team. According to Heera, the key for Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and co is to avoid being 'over ambitious'. “You can't be overambitious with our batting, bowling and of course in our overall expectations. I would suggest the players to enjoy their game and play natural cricket, without taking any pressure or burden. “I know how good they can play when...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Published Date: February 1, 2015
A different ball game for captains

A different ball game for captains

It is all very well to try and tell yourself captaining your country in an ICC Cricket World Cup is the same as captaining at any other time – but it is not, wrote former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming in the ICC's official website Media Zone on Saturday. True, there is still the toss of the coin and the decisions to be made about tactics, but there really is a completely different dynamic. The eyes of the world are on you for starters and you realise that as soon as you step into a media conference before a ball is bowled. There are more journalists, asking more questions, than at...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: February 1, 2015
De Kruif wants to capitalise

Having lost the first opportunity against Malaysia U-23 team in the opener of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, Bangladesh are looking forward to seizing the second opportunity against Sri Lanka with renewed confidence. After the poor defeat against Malaysia, the boys have been soul-searching regarding their poor performance, trying to find reasons behind such a dismal performance, though the coaching staff took full responsibility of that defeat and asked the players to point out the things they could not transfer to...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Kiwis demolish Pakistan

New Zealand cruised to a seven-wicket win over an underdone Pakistan in the first of their two one-day internationals in Wellington on Saturday. After removing Pakistan for 210 in the 46th over, New Zealand reached their target in the 40th over with Grant Elliott now out 64 and Ross Taylor unbeaten on 59. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum credited his side's tight fielding with setting the platform for victory. The comfortable victory for New Zealand underscored Pakistan's lack of preparation two weeks...

Australian Open

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Serena's sweet 6th

Serena's sweet 6th

Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game's legends. The 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) triumph means the American world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to go clear second...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Blockbuster final today

  England have stumbled their way to a chance to gain some much-needed confidence against Australia before their World Cup opener at the MCG on February 14. Their three-wicket victory over India saw them through to today's final of the tri-series tournament against the unbeaten Australians at the same venue. Coincidentally, the Australians have won both matches in this series against England by that same three-wicket margin. England have lost six of their past seven ODIs against Australia, including two games in...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Asia Cup for physically challenged

A 27-member physically challenged Bangladesh cricket team will leave tomorrow for India to take part in the Asia Cup Physically Challenged Cricket Championship involving India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The five-nation championship will take place in Agra, Firozabad, Ranchi, and Sirsa; with Bangladesh playing against India (Feb 4), Afghanistan (Feb 6), Pakistan (Feb 7) and Sri Lanka (Feb 9), said Dr Sheikh Abdus Salam, the president of Bangladesh Cricket Association for the Physically Challenged Cricket at a press...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
'Aamer not fast-tracked'

   Pakistan's cricket chief Saturday denied that Mohammad Aamer is being fast-tracked back into international cricket after a five-year ban, saying he will be monitored "on and off the field" before his re-entry. The 22-year-old was on Thursday cleared to play in the domestic cricket by the sport's top governing body, bringing him a step closer to redemption for his part in one of the most scandalous episodes in modern cricket. Aamer was one of three Pakistani players banned from the game...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Warner backs Clarke

Michael Clarke's bid to meet a Cricket Australia-imposed Febrary 21st deadline to be fit for the World Cup received a massive boost on Saturday when successfully batted for Western Suburbs against Gordon at Chatswood Oval in Sydney, scoring 51 from 128 balls across almost three hours. The 33-year-old moved freely and looked comfortable, even testing his back and smashing a hook shot for six. Clarke remains the captain of both the Test and 50-over sides but there has been speculation...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Ready to face Roshan?

Ready to face Roshan?

When Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in their last match of Group A in Dhaka on Monday, they will be wary of a team that held them to 1-1 draw in Jessore and gave them a run for their money before falling to a 0-1 defeat in Rajshahi last October. But more than anyone else, Bangladesh will be specifically wary of an individual player, a certain Nalaka Roshan. The lanky number 19 proved to the biggest threat to the Bangladesh team back then, scoring the equaliser from a free-kick in Jessore and hitting the woodwork from another free-kick three days later in Rajshahi. And judging from yesterday's performance against Malaysia,...

AFC Asian Cup, Australia 2015

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Aussies reach new heights

Aussies reach new heights

Hosts Australia won the Asian Cup after beating South Korea 2-1 in extra time of an electrifying final on Saturday, substitute James Troisi smashing home a dramatic winner. Troisi broke Korean hearts with the last kick in the first period of extra time after Son Heung-Min had snatched a dramatic injury-time equaliser at the...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Magpies cruise past Hull

John Carver finally enjoyed his first win as Newcastle manager as the Magpies cruised to a 3-0 success at struggling Hull on Saturday. Carver had gone four matches without a victory since taking over from Alan Pardew at St James' Park on a caretaker basis, but in the week the Newcastle-born 50-year-old was confirmed as head coach until the end of the season, he was able to celebrate three points at last. After three successive defeats, Newcastle were lifted by Remy...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Luongo named MVP at Asian Cup

Massimo Luongo was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Asian Cup after scoring the opening goal for Australia in Saturday's final against South Korea at Sydney's Olympic Stadium. The 22-year-old midfielder capped a brilliant performance throughout the tournament when he scored in the 45th minute, blasting the ball into the net with a shot from 25 metres out. Australia went on to win the match 2-1 after extra time after Son Heung-min equalised for South Korea in stoppage time...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
James a hit with women

Colombia international footballer James Rodriguez is not just a hit on the terraces at Real Madrid -- he has now been voted as the "ideal lover" for legions of besotted Colombian women. The baby-faced 23-year-old striker, who shot to global fame at the World Cup last year, would be the perfect partner for an extra-marital affair, according to a survey of 3,100 women carried out by AshleyMadison.com. "With a beautiful score of 41%, women named James Rodriguez as their ideal lover...

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Wolves devour Bayern

Second-placed VfL Wolfsburg breathed new life into the Bundesliga title race with a 4-1 win over leaders Bayern Munich, who lost their unbeaten record in a dramatic restart to the league after the winter break on Friday. Bas Dost scored twice in the first half and Kevin de Bruyne added two more goals after the break as Bayern, who had conceded only four times in the first half of the season, saw their goals against tally double in a single...

LFP

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Real too strong for Sociedad

Real Madrid recovered from an awful start to move four points clear at the top of La Liga with a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday. With World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo missing through suspension, Madrid were stunned in the first minute when Aritz Elustondo headed the visitors into a shock lead, but they were level almost instantly when James Rodriguez nodded home. Sergio Ramos handed the hosts a deserved 2-1 lead at half-time before Karim Benzema scored...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: February 1, 2015
Title in the balance

Title in the balance

Premier League leaders Chelsea remained five points clear of second-placed Manchester City after drawing 1-1 with the defending champions in Saturday's late kick-off at Stamford Bridge. Loic Remy gave Chelsea a 41st-minute lead only for David Silva to equalise four minutes later. Remy, given a starting spot by Jose Mourinho after in-form striker Diego Costa...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Liverpool boss Rodgers has no fears over Sturridge return

Liverpool boss Rodgers has no fears over Sturridge return

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns about how Daniel Sturridge will fit into his redefined formation ahead of the striker's long-awaited comeback from injury. Sturridge will be in Liverpool's squad for their Premier League clash against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday having not played for the Reds since the end...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Expectations Down Under

Published Date: January 31, 2015
'Be relaxed off the field first'

'Be relaxed off the field first'

From being asked to adjust to the bouncy conditions to learning the right length to bowl at, advice has been thrown in from all corners for the Tigers as the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand draws nearer. However, for former national spinner, Enamul Haque Moni, the on-field issues remain secondary. For the Tigers to feel settled in the world's biggest cricketing extravaganza, Enamul believes that the players will first need calm their nerves by interacting with cricketers from different teams in their hotels. According to the former left-arm spinner, it tends to make a player less nervous on the field. “In terms of skill-sets, I don't think there is...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Winless India still confident

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisted Friday his team will be primed for their upcoming World Cup title defence, despite ending a miserable tour of Australia without a win. India bowed out of the one-day international tri-series with another poor batting effort, which condemned them to defeat in their clash with England at the WACA Ground in Perth. Sent in to bat, India were dismissed for 200 and although England stumbled early, they recovered to edge their way to 201 for...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
First game ends in draw

The first three-dayer between Bangladesh Under-19s and Sri Lanka Under-19s ended in a draw at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday. Joyraz Sheik however hogged the spotlight with an unbeaten hundred on the final day. Joyraz hit an unbeaten 100 off 167 balls, striking eleven boundaries. His knock helped the visitors score 289 runs for eight in 83 overs in reply to 216 runs. Captain Mehedy Hasan was the other notable scorer on the final day as he made 41 off...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Clarke ahead of schedule

Michael Clarke has been given the green light to bat for as long he wants when he makes his return on Saturday, playing for Sydney's Western Suburbs. Cricket Australia has not imposed any batting restrictions on the injured national captain, though it is likely Clarke's desire to spend time in the middle to build form for the World Cup will be balanced by the need to avoid placing too much pressure on his surgically repaired hamstring tendon so early in...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
De Villiers honoured

South African ODI captain AB de Villiers has become the country's first living cricketer to have a suite named after him. The provincial franchise Titans decided to do this following De Villiers' multiple record-breaking success against the visiting West Indies last week. It is the first time that part of a cricket stadium in the country is named after a living player. Titans chief executive Jacques Faul said the idea of naming suites after players came to him when he recently visited...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Kulasekara reprimanded

Sri Lankan Nuwan Kulasekara has been reprimanded by cricket's governing body for "unacceptable" aggressive behaviour during the one-day international against New Zealand in Wellington. The fast bowler was charged with behaviour that is either "contrary to the spirit of the game or brings the game into disrepute," the ICC said.

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Abahani one-up Mohammedan

Six premier league clubs, including the popular duo of Abahani and Mohammedan, completed their players' registration formalities on the concluding day of the two-month long players' transfer at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) House, with Abahani forming a stronger side than their archrivals Mohammedan for the upcoming season. Four-time professional football league champions Abahani signed 33 players, including two each from Hungary, Nigeria and Ghana, while retaining most of their players from last season. Among new recruits, strikers Wahed Ahmed, Aminur...

Australian Open

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Novak v Andy final

Novak v Andy final

World number one Novak Djokovic fought off defending champion Stan Wawrinka over five sets to reach his fifth Australian Open final on Friday, where he will meet Andy Murray. The Serb top seed won 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in 3hr 30mins and will face the British sixth seed for a third time...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Miller replaces Narine

Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was called up by the West Indies for the World Cup on Thursday to replace Sunil Narine who withdrew from the squad. Miller, 32, has featured in 45 one-day internationals, taking 40 wickets with a best of 4-43 against Zimbabwe. His last appearance for the West Indies in a one-dayer was in March last year against England. Narine withdrew from the squad on Tuesday, citing the need for more time to confidently bowl for sustained periods with his...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Turan Gets The Boot

Turan Gets The Boot

Several days after Turan threw his own boot at a linesman's head during Atletico Madrid's Copa del Rey defeat against Barcelona, Arda Turan's friends celebrated the Turkish winger's 28th birthday by presenting him with a slightly cheeky novelty cake in the shape of a boot. Fortunately for linesmen everywhere, this boot is made...