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Batting Woes concern Faruque

Batting Woes concern Faruque

With a number of Bangladesh's top-order batsmen struggling to hit form, BCB's chief selector Faruque Ahmed said that he was concerned about the national team's batting and that it was an aspect that the Tigers would have to improve upon before the World Cup. While Bangladesh's ploy to field seaming wickets in the India series did manage to trouble the visitors' strong batting line-up, it also however backfired heavily as the Tigers were bundled out for just 58 in the second ODI. The second-stringed Bangladesh team which visited the West Indies recently has many players who are currently in the preliminary squad for the tour in August -- including Nasir Hossain, Mominul Haque, Marshall Ayub and Shamsur Rahman -- and yet their batting display in the Caribbean was far from satisfactory. In the first four-day game, Bangladesh A were thumped by 351 runs inside...

Sk Russel eye 14 nat'l booters

Sheikh Russel KC are expected to form a strong squad with the possible inclusion of 14 national booters ahead of September's...

Abahani finish 2nd

Abahani finished runners-up in the Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League after a single-goal win over hosts Chittagong Abahani in their last...

2nd Test starts today

2nd Test starts today

Sri Lanka may hand a first Test cap to 21-year-old wicketkeeper...

DPL transfers in two phases

The inter-club players' transfers for the upcoming Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League will take place in two phases at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. In the first phase, the centrally-contracted players and those who will be travelling to the West Indies in August will take part in the transfers, set to take place on August 10 and 11. The second phase, set to take place on August 27 and 28, will involve the remaining players. The league is scheduled to begin...

Kiwi spinner banned for illegal action

New Zealand part-time spinner Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling after biomechanical tests confirmed his action is illegal, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Wednesday. Williamson was reported following New Zealand's 10-wicket defeat in the second Test in the West Indies and ordered by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to undergo independent testing on his delivery. The tests, conducted by Cardiff Metropolitan University, confirmed that his elbow extension when bowling exceeded the 15 degrees of flex permitted under ICC regulations, NZC...

Schumi could be released from hospital

There is some good news for Michael Schumacher fans. The Formula One legend could return home by the end of August, according to a report on Daily Star website on Tuesday. The report said experts at the Switzerland hospital, where he is currently being treated, say the German is using his eyelids to communicate with his wife Corinna, daughter Gina-Maria and son Mick. He is likely to be given an advanced wheelchair that he can control with his mouth to help...

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MU ready to break transfer records

MU ready to break transfer records

Manchester United are prepared to break transfer records in order to give new manager Louis van Gaal the players he wants, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The English giants have already spent over £50 million ($85 million, 63 million euros) on England left-back Luke Shaw and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, and Woodward says...

Don't copy German style, warns Pep

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola warned Tuesday that those seeing Germany as a model for success after their World Cup triumph need greater dedication and patience with their own philosophies. Speaking ahead of the reigning Bundesliga champions' upcoming US tour, the 43-year-old Spaniard said teams who try to reboot their football program after World Cup failures risk falling further behind. "Any system is good. Any system is wrong," Guardiola said in a conference call. "I'm not convinced because England is out and...

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Real unveil Rodriguez

Real unveil Rodriguez

Colombia's World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid's latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup in Brazil, has moved to the European champions from Monaco on a six-season contract. Spanish media said Real paid...

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MH17 victims to be paid tribute

The 2014 Common-wealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday will include a tribute to victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster, organisers said. Prince Imran from Malaysia, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said all the victims, many of whom were from Malaysia and other Commonwealth countries, would be recognised. The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with 298 people on board -- mostly Dutch nationals -- came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Western governments say the evidence...

Loew to carry on

Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Wednesday that he never considered leaving his post after winning the World Cup title and insisted he would see out his contract which runs until Euro 2016. "I didn't think of stopping for one second," said Loew, 54, in an interview published on the German Football Federation (DFB) website. Loew took over as German head coach in 2006 after two years as assistant and extended his contract until 2016 before the World Cup in Brazil. "I...

Barca rope in Mathieu

Spanish giants Barcelona said Wednesday they have bought 30-year-old French defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for EUR20 million ($27 million). Barcelona have been seeking to bolster their defence since Carlos Puyol ended his career. Though he is not an established French international, Mathieu is recognised as a powerful operator at left back and in central defence. Barcelona called him a "physically imposing defender". The Catalan club had made several offers to Valencia for Mathieu who last week issued a public letter calling...

Messi to play in Rome charity match

A host of footballing icons from across the world, including Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Samuel Eto'o, Andrea Pirlo and Javier Zanetti, will take part in the 2014 Match for Peace on September 1. The event, the brainchild of Pope Francis, is intended to support some of the poorest sectors of modern society across Europe, South America and the rest of the globe. Proceeds from the match will be donated to the 'Un'Alternativa di Vita' (A Life Alternative) project - a beneficiary...

Copenhagen game shifted to Kiev

FC Dnipro announced on Wednesday the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against FC Copenhagen will be played in Kiev due to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Dnipro had been due to host the Danish club on July 30, but European football governing body UEFA ruled that match cannot take place at the Dnipro-Arena because of security concerns. "The match between Dnipro and Copenhagen will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev in July 30 at 1900," Dnipro...