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Good Luck Tigers

As reporters approached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport last evening, doubts began to rise regarding the Bangladesh national cricket team's exact location. An official press conference wasn't planned; expectedly so, considering that captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and coach Chandika Hathurusingha had spoken at length two days ago. Even then, the fact that Bangladesh's contingent for...

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Tigers leave tonight

Tigers leave tonight

Bangladesh's World Cup contingent, save Tamim Iqbal, will leave Dhaka for Brisbane tonight. The 15-member World Cup squad accompanied by the rest of the members of the team management will spend two weeks in Brisbane in a bid to acclimatise to the conditions there. Tamim is scheduled to leave a day later. The Tigers...

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Tigers' Venues Down Under

Tigers' Venues Down Under

On February 26, Bangladesh's opponents are yet another giant contenders fresh from their laurels from the T20 World Cup. At the MCG, however, Sri Lanka are not a team in any of the eight occasions that has gone beyond the score of 300 or the seven times that the team total was in...

Tigers Down Under

'Never wanted to remove his pads'

'Never wanted to remove his pads'

Soumya Sarkar may be the newest entrant in Bangladesh's World Cup squad; but there are two aspects of his resume that can outshine a majority of the other cricketers in the current line-up. For one, he has a double century in under-19 cricket. He almost single-handedly annihilated a U-19 Qatar line-up during the Asia Cup in 2012 with his 135-ball 209. And secondly, he is one of the few players in the squad to have played in Australia. Soumya, alongside Anamul Haque and Taskin Ahmed, was a member of the under-19 team that participated in the World Cup there back in 2012. While his performance in the tournament was ordinary, the...

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Rubel's chances brighten up

Rubel's chances brighten up

Rubel Hossain's prospects of playing the World Cup looked back on track with some initiatives taken yesterday by the Bangladesh Cricket Board suggesting that the board would stand by the national pacer. BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon told reporters yesterday that he asked the BCB's legal experts to analyse the case filed against Rubel...

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Out to prove doubters wrong

Out to prove doubters wrong

His four centuries and his laid-back batting approach in Test cricket may have dazzled the country in the last two years, but come this February, Mominul Haque will have a different challenge awaiting him: the task of proving to everyone that he does not belong solely to the game's longer version. The 23-year-old's tryst with ODI cricket hasn't been as fruitful as his performances in Test cricket. His batting average in each of the formats -- 63.05 in Tests and 25.66 in ODIS -- reflects a gulf of difference. During the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in November, Mominul was dropped for two matches. The three times he featured in that...

Cricketer Rubel lands in jail

Cricketer Rubel lands in jail

National team cricketer Rubel Hossain was sent to jail today after his surrender before court in connection with a rape case filed by film actress Naznin Akter Happy. Rubel, who received a four-week anticipatory bail on December 15, appeared before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Anwar Sadat this morning and submitted a petition for...

‘Rubel might be replaced’

‘Rubel might be replaced’

With his future uncertain after he landed in the jail today, there is a possibility that pacer Rubel Hossain could be replaced by another bowler for Bangladesh’s upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup campaign, cricket news website ESPNcricinfo reported. The biggest cricketing tournament is taking place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. The Bangladesh cricket team is scheduled to fly for Brisbane on January 24. Talking to ESPNcricinfo, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, chief executive officer of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), said that it was too early to comment on the issue, but discussions were on. "We are discussing the matter, so it is quite early to say what we are...

Fawad out, Sohail Khan big surprise in Pak WC squad

Fawad out, Sohail Khan big surprise in Pak WC squad

Pakistan announced their 15-man World Cup squad on Wednesday, leaving out Fawad Alam and Umar Gul and including 30-year old pace bowler Sohail Khan, who last played international cricket in 2011 against Zimbabwe, after bagging ten wickets in two of his most recent List A games, and was the highest wicket-taker in this...

Mushfiqur's injury raises concerns

Mushfiqur's injury raises concerns

Bangladesh cricket team's injury crisis ahead of the ICC World Cup in February was compounded yesterday, as Mushfiqur Rahim suffered a shoulder injury during practice at Mirpur. The wicketkeeper batsman picked up the injury while playing football with his Prime Doleshwar teammates ahead of today's vital Dhaka Premier League Super-Six match. Mushfiqur's injury came as a shock following Tamim Iqbal's knee injury, but BCB's senior physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury informed that the initial examination suggested that it was not serious enough to threaten the batsman's participation in the World Cup. “He will not play tomorrow's league match, that's for sure. Mushfiqur will be in complete rest for next 48 hours and a...

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