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'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 a very big difference among the Bangladesh players. What will...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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

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...

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...

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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...

Sports fiesta at St. Gregory ends

The annual sports of St. Gregory's School concluded at the school premises in Luxmibazar yesterday with several hundred students taking part in the week-long sports carnival. Zakaria Pintu, the captain of Swadhin Bangla Football Team, graced the occasion as the chief guest.

Tigers' Day Out

Tigers' Day Out

       

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

'Forget everything and fight'

'Forget everything and fight'

When Malaysia U-23 take on Sri Lanka in the second match of Group A of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup at the Sylhet District Stadium today, the keenest observers of the match will probably be the Bangladesh team. The beleaguered hosts, who suffered a 0-1 defeat against Malaysia in the opening match on Thursday,...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Thailand's great escape

The Thailand Under-23 team came into the Bangabandhu Gold Cup as one of the pre-tournament favourites. Seeded second as per the FIFA ranking of senior sides, the Thais finished fourth in the Asian Games last year and are the defending champions of SEA Games' football competition. On the other hand, the Singapore Under-23 team were eliminated from the group stages of Asian Games and were considered as the weakest side in Group B. So when the two sides met in...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

SYLHETEA

SYLHETEA

The Bangladeshi sports journalists are already familiar with the good, the not-so-good and the ugly sides of Sri Lanka coach Nikola Kavazovic. The Serbian, who had stormed out of a post-match press conference after a 0-1 defeat against Bangladesh in Rajshahi in October last year, came up with his best at an official press conference yesterday. Waiting for Mamunul Islam to end his speech, the Serbian offered a warm hug to the Bangladesh skipper and enquired about the status of the knee-injury Mamunul had suffered during the Rajshahi match. Kavazovic had also enquired about Mamunul's troublesome knee after that match, only to storm out abruptly from the press conference...

AFC Asian Cup, Australia 2015

Blockbuster final

Blockbuster final

Top-scorers Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup's stingiest defence on Saturday when they meet South Korea in a blockbuster final between two of the region's heavyweights. The Socceroos are desperate to win a first Asian title on home soil, but to do so they will have to find a way through a...

AFC Asian Cup, Australia 2015

UAE finish 3rd

The United Arab Emirates overcame a 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an action-packed Asian Cup third-placed playoff on Friday to complete an impressive tournament for Mahdi Ali's side. Ahmed Khalil netted twice before Ali Mabkhout converted a second-half penalty for his fifth of the tournament to take him top of the scorers' charts with only Saturday's final between hosts Australia and South Korea to come in Sydney. UAE playmaker Omar Abdulrahman was again at the heart of his side's good play, with...

Costa gets 3-game ban

Chelsea striker Diego Costa was banned for three matches with immediate effect after being found guilty of a violent conduct charge, the Football Association announced Friday. The Spain international was suspended after a regulatory commission ruled he had stamped on the ankle of Liverpool's Emre Can in the 12th minute of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0 to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory. There is no right of appeal and Costa will now miss...

2nd baby boy for Shakira and Pique

Colombian pop star Shakira has given birth to her second child with Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique in Spain, their family said on Friday. Shakira, 37, gave birth to baby Sacha late Thursday in the Teknon clinic in Barcelona, a family source told AFP. "He was born last night. Both mother and baby are well," the source said on Friday. "It seems the baby will be called Sacha." Sacha, whose birth weight has not yet been announced, is a younger brother for the...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Heavyweights collide in blockbuster Asian Cup final

Heavyweights collide in blockbuster Asian Cup final

Free-scoring Australia will seek continental glory in the Asian Cup final on Saturday but South Korea could gatecrash the party in a hugely anticipated decider between two of the region's toughest teams. It could be a case of who blinks first when the heavyweights clash in Sydney, with the hosts seeking a first Asian...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Jimmy & Midge in Tigers' nets!

Jimmy & Midge in Tigers' nets!

Bangladesh newbies Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar got the opportunity to bat against the dangerous James Anderson and the ever threatening Mitchell Johnson in the nets yesterday. They faced the bowlers for hours and, despite a few blows to the body, managed to decipher them quite well in the end. Sounds odd, doesn't it?...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Expectations Down Under

Published Date: January 30, 2015
'We have to be realistic'

'We have to be realistic'

The term "Banglawash" has been added to the cricketing dictionary and the man who coined it is former Bangladesh batsman-turned-commentator Athar Ali Khan. It was a spontaneous innovation after Bangladesh whitewashed New Zealand at home in 2010. As a commentator, the evergreen Athar has got opportunity to keep a keen eye on the Tigers' performances since 2000 and from that perspective he said that everybody should have realistic expectations regarding Bangladesh's chances in the upcoming ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand from February 14. "I know about the expectations 16 crore people have from our cricket team, but it has to be realistic. We must take our opponents...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Two ICC events in Bangladesh

Two ICC events in Bangladesh

Bangladesh will host two major events of International Cricket Council (ICC) during the period of 2015-2019. The ICC Under-19 World Cup will take place in the country next year from January 22 to February 14 while the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier will be held from March 1 to April 4 in 2018. It was...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
'I'll be a better human being'

'I'll be a better human being'

Banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer vowed Thursday to prove himself as a "better player and better human being" after his spot-fixing ban was relaxed by the cricket world governing body. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said Aamer, 22, can return to domestic matches with immediate effect, ending his five-year suspension, which was handed on February 5 in 2011, from all forms of the game some eight months early as his ban was due to expire on September 22. Aamer, who was banned for his part in a scandal in which he arranged no-balls to order in a 2010 Test against England, said he was overwhelmed by the ICC announcement. "It's the...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Sangakkara narrows gap

Kumar Sangakkara's masterful double of a century and a world-record wicketkeeping performance inspired Sri Lanka to a 34-run win over New Zealand in their one-day series finale in Wellington on Thursday. Even though it was a dead rubber, with New Zealand going into the match holding an unbeatable 4-1 lead in the seven-match series, it was a morale boosting win for Sri Lanka. SCORES IN BRIEF SRI LANKA: 287 for 6 in 50 overs (Thirimanne 30, Dilshan 81, Sangakkara 113 not out,...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Super Over to decide tied WC final

The upcoming cricket World Cup final will be decided by a Super Over in the event of a tie, the sport's governing body announced on Thursday. The move is a return to the playing condition in force at the last World Cup in 2011, abandoning a proposal to have "joint winners", made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year. "The ICC Board reinstated the use of a Super Over in the event of a tie in the ICC Cricket World...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Big win for Proteas

Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both hit centuries for the second time in the series to set up a 131-run win for South Africa in the fifth and final one-day international at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Amla made 133 and Rossouw powered his way to 132 in a South African total of 361 for five in an innings reduced to 42 overs because of rain. West Indies were bowled out for 230 in reply with left-arm pace bowler Wayne Parnell taking...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Rain spoils 2nd day

Rain ruined Bangladesh Under-19s' batting progress on the second day of the first three-dayer against their Sri Lankan counterparts at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday. The visitors reached 78 for 2 in 28 overs in reply to the hosts' 216 before rain stopped play. Shadman Islam scored 56 runs off 69 balls, smashing eleven boundaries. Earlier left-arm spinner Mohammad Nihaduzzaman took the last wicket of Sri Lankan side to finish with figures of five for 55 runs.

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Last chancefor India to reach final

India and England clash on Friday in Perth with the winners taking their place in the tri series final against Australia in the shadow of the looming World Cup. The hosts are enjoying extra time to prepare for Sunday's final at Perth's WACA ground while the tourists go at each other again. England thrashed India by nine wickets in their last encounter and ran Australia close in their second meeting last week in Brisbane. And that has put captain Eoin Morgan in...

Australian Open

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Serena v Maria in grudge final

Serena v Maria in grudge final

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a grudge Australian Open final between the world's top two players Thursday, with the Russian desperate to break 10-year jinx against her arch-rival. The best two players in the world have a long history and the odds are stacked in Williams' favour ahead of the Melbourne Park...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Murray storms into final

Britain's Andy Murray stormed into his fourth Australian Open final with a commanding four-sets win over Czech Tomas Berdych on Thursday. The dual Grand Slam champion, seeded six, beat the seventh seed 6-7 (6/8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 and will play either Novak Djokovic or defending champion Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's decider. The tournament has been a heartbreak Grand Slam for the Scot with three runner-up finishes, but he has given himself another chance to break through and add to his Wimbledon...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
LAMPARD ON THE MOON!

LAMPARD ON THE MOON!

One plucky Manchester City fan has wagered a full 500 pounds on Frank Lampard to score the first goal in Sunday's crunch Premiership meeting against Chelsea after claiming to have seen the midfielder's face on the moon over London and taking it as some kind of celestial omen. Moonstruck City fanatic Kieran O'Brien posted proof of his bet on Twitter along with a picture of the moon, with an unconvincing silhouette of Lampard's face.                                                      -- Internet

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Scoreline flatters inferior booters

Scoreline flatters inferior booters

Even an open declaration of a 30-lakh taka cash incentive and the support of a full-house at the Sylhet District Stadium failed to inspire Bangladesh, who went down 0-1 against Malaysia U-23 in the opening match of Bangabandhu Gold Cup yesterday. The hosts -- visibly inferior in strength, skill, idea and motivation against this...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: January 30, 2015
De Kruif hides behind phantom nerves

De Kruif hides behind phantom nerves

Bangladesh coach Lodewijk de Kruif blamed the team's mental approach and a 'silly goal' while defending his decision to keep Zahid Hasan Emily for the entirety of the match, despite the striker's costly mistakes after the 0-1 defeat against Malaysia U-23 team yesterday. The 46-year-old coach felt that it was the initial nervousness and...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Published Date: January 30, 2015
SYLHETEA

SYLHETEA

Nihar Ranjan, one of two commentators flown in from India by the official broadcasters Channel 9, revealed something interesting during a casual chat. The footballer-turned-commentator claimed he coaches a team of the West Bengal prisoners, where a Bangladeshi boy named Robin is the main goalkeeper. However, his prediction about the opening match was...

AFC Asian Cup, Australia 2015

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Gulf nations want Australia out

On the eve of the Socceroos battling it out in the Asian Cup final, Football Federation Australia is about to face an even bigger battle after a movement mobilised among some Gulf nations to have Australia expelled from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Speaking to a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, AFC president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa revealed he was aware that momentum for Australia's removal from the confederation continued to strengthen among Gulf nations after rumours began...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Destro agrees Milan deal

Roma striker Mattia Destro has agreed to join AC Milan, the struggling Serie A giants announced Thursday. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani agreed terms with Roma officials on Wednesday and had only been waiting on the 23-year-old Italy international player's agreement. No further details were given by Milan, although it is believed Destro will move on a six-month loan deal worth 700,000 euros but could secure a permanent deal to the San Siro giants at the end of the summer for 16...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Tottenham set Chelsea date

Two moments of magic from Christian Eriksen helped Tottenham Hotspur reach the final of the League Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory over resilient League One club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Dane Eriksen's sublime first-half free-kick put Maurico Pochettino's team 1-0 up on the night and they looked to be in cruise control before two goals in as many minutes from 18-year-old substitute Che Adams levelled the tie overall. But a calm finish from Eriksen with three minutes left meant...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Neymar sinks Atletico

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique said he had to substitute two-goal star Neymar to prevent the Brazilian from being injured as his side's Copa del Rey quarterfinal, second leg with Atletico Madrid turned nasty. The Catalans went through 4-2 on aggregate after coming from behind twice to win 3-2 on the night as Atletico were reduced to nine men and were lucky not to be more harshly punished when Arda Turan was only booked for throwing his boot at an assistant...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Costa in hot water

Costa in hot water

Chelsea striker Diego Costa faces a three-game suspension after being charged with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. Costa seemed to deliberately stand on Can's ankle in the 12th minute of Tuesday's League Cup semifinal second leg at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
ICC allows banned Aamer to play domestic cricket

ICC allows banned Aamer to play domestic cricket

The International Cricket Council Thursday gave permission for banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer to return to domestic cricket with immediate effect, relaxing his ban for spot-fixing. Aamer was one of three Pakistani players handed bans of at least five years for agreeing to arrange no-balls to order in a Test against England in 2010. The...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Tamim joins festive team

Tamim joins festive team

Opener Tamim Iqbal joined Bangladesh's training camp at Brisbane yesterday after completing his medical check-up at Melbourne. The left-hander however took a day off yesterday and will begin training today. According to team manager Khaled Mahmud, the players had a delayed start to their training at the Allan Border Ground in the morning due...

EXPECTATIONS down under

Published Date: January 29, 2015
'I believe they can'

'I believe they can'

Roquibul Hasan needs no description as he is a very renowned figure in Bangladesh's cricket. The former national captain has a vast knowledge regarding the game and closely monitors the country's cricket. Talking about Bangladesh's World Cup journey, the former batsman expressed his hope regarding the Tigers' chances in the mega event with some...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Big victories all around

Big victories all around

The three remaining matches of the first round of the National Cricket League ended with teams winning by huge margins. Dhaka, courtesy of their record innings and 413-run over Barisal within three days on Tuesday, earned the most number of bonus points and currently top the table with 25 points. Khulna, Dhaka Metro and...

Australian Open

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Djokovic sets semifinal clash with Wawrinka

Djokovic sets semifinal clash with Wawrinka

Milos Raonic said Wednesday he felt helpless as he was dismantled by remorseless world number one Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Viewed as at the vanguard of the young breed in men's tennis, the big-serving Canadian eighth seed was neutralised by the power and precision of the seven-time Grand Slam champion in the quarter-finals. The Serbian top seed ran the show, dealing out a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 lesson on Raonic in two hours to set up a semi-final with defending champion Stan Wawrinka. The match just slipped away from Raonic as Djokovic tightened his grip, breaking the Canadian's huge serve three times while not conceding one break point opportunity in...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Pak tour issues still not resolved

The issues surrounding Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh, scheduled to take place in April this year, will be settled only after a discussion between the chiefs of the two boards. However, a meeting between the two chiefs however, is yet to be scheduled, BCB officials informed yesterday. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, who had gone to the UAE to attend an ICC board meeting, met with his Pakistani counterpart. “It's too early to make any comments regarding the series. There have been plenty...

Australian Open

Published Date: January 29, 2015
DIARY

NOVAK'S NO. 1 FAN During Novak Djokovic's Australian Open quarterfinal, a photo of his three-month-old son started making the rounds on social media. The photo posted by his wife showed the hairless head of young Stefan in a baby chair, with knit booties and a giraffe blanket watching his dad play tennis on TV. On-court interviewer Jim Courier asked the No. 1-ranked player about his No. 1 fan after the match, directing his attention to the big screens overhead at Rod Laver...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
U-19s' strong start in first three-dayer

Fresh from a one-day series victory, Bangladesh Under-19s made a good start in the first three-day match against Sri Lanka Under-19s at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nihaduzzaman and off-spinner Mehedy Hasan Miraz shared seven wickets as the home side finished the first day on 212 for nine in 96 overs. Nihaduzzaman claimed four wickets for 51 runs and Miraz took three wickets for 65. Opener Salinda Ushan Pereira top scored with 77 for the local side. The young...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Final miracle eludes Lee

Brett Lee was denied a last-ball hattrick and a fairytale end to his professional cricket career as the Perth Scorchers scrambled a single off the fast bowler to win back-to-back Big Bash League titles in Canberra on Wednesday. The Twenty20 final was the 38-year-old former Australia paceman Lee's last match and he came on to bowl the final over for the Sydney Sixers with the opposition needing eight runs. The Perth side looked in firm control needing one run from three...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
MSC hopefuls sent home

Two Brazilian footballers, who came here to have a trial for Mohammedan Sporting Club ahead of the upcoming season, went back to their home from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after failing to obtain the on-arrival Bangladesh visa. The players, Jose Felipe Da Cruz Oliveira and Silva Palma Cesar, arrived at the airport in the morning and caught the return flight in the evening as the club's officials failed to arrange on-arrival visa for them. "They came here via an agent...