Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) — Legendary Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas on Tuesday said young cricketers have to concentrate more on fitness as modern cricket is getting tough.
“Every young cricketer should develop their fitness as modern cricket is getting so fast and competitive. I see there’re many talented cricketers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They should develop their fitness to go to the next level,” he told the media at the national academy ground in Mirpur.
Vass is currently working as the head coach for the Emerging Sri Lanka Cricket team, now touring Bangladesh to play a three-match one-day series and two-match four-day series against their Bangladeshi counterparts.
Sri Lanka Emerging team beat Bangladesh in the first game of the three-match one-day series by 186 runs. Vass thinks the Sri Lankan boys are at a good point to seal the series with one match to play.
“The boys are enjoying here and doing their homework properly. And I’m pretty sure that they’ll do well when it comes to the second one-day. It’s up to them to go to the middle and perform and enjoy the game. I believe they’ll do better for the Sri Lankan cricket,” Vaas added.
Bangladesh failed to produce a good performance in the first game. They failed in all three departments and handed the game to Sri Lanka. However, Vass thinks any team can go through this kind of phrase.
“You can’t say that was bad. It was just another game. Every team can go through this bad time. I’m pretty sure they’ll come back strongly. They aren’t taking things lightly. But in the end, the best team will win the series,” Vaas said.
In his international career spanning 13 years, Vaas scalped 761 wickets - 355 from 111 Tests, 400 in 322 ODIs and 6 in 6 T20Is. The southpaw was one of the best left-arm pacers in the history of cricket. One of his memorable performances came against Bangladesh during the 2003 World Cup when he registered a hat-trick in the very first over of the match.
Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB)- Holders Bangladesh Under-15 Football team beat United Sports Club U-15 side by 3-1 goals in a practice match at Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal on Tuesday, ahead of their SAFF Under-15 Championship scheduled to begin on Friday (August 23).
Rabby Hossain, Piash Ahmed Nova and AL Amin Rahman scored one goal each for Bangladesh in 41st, 57th and 89th minutes respectively while Litu Mallick scored the lone goal for United SC, converting a penalty in 76th minute.
Bangladesh will start their SAFF U-15 campaign taking on Bhutan in the opening match on Friday, play Sri Lanka on August 25, Nepal on August 27 and hosts India on August 29.
Top two teams will play in the final on August 31.
Earlier, a 30-member Bangladesh team -- 23 booters and 7 officials -- reached Nadia district in West Bengal Monday to participate in the competition.
Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) - Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team conceded a 0-6 goals defeat against touring Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Academy Women’s Hockey team in their first match of the six-match series at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday.
Vinamrata Yadav scored twice in the 18th and 29th minutes respectively while Lalwan Puii (20), Tanya (32), Lotia Mary (42) and Lalruatfeli Mesabi (46) scored one goal each for the visitors SAI Women’s Hockey team.
to the day's match, Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Dr Zafar Uddin inaugurated the event as chief guest.
Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team will play a six-match series ahead of their maiden participation in the Women’s Junior (U-21) AHF Cup Hockey Qualifiers scheduled to be held in Singapore during September 9–15 this year.
The 2nd friendly match is scheduled for August 22 at 4 pm while 3rd on August 23 at 7 pm, 4th one on August 25 at 4 pm, 5th one on August 26 at 7 pm and the 6th and last match on August 28 at 4 pm, all at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium here.
Earlier, a 20-member SAI National Academy Women’s Hockey team arrived here on Monday to play six friendly matches with Bangladesh women’s hockey team
Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) — Bangladesh Emerging Cricket team is seeking to bounce back in their 2nd match of the three-match one-day series against touring Sri Lankan Emerging Cricket team at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) in Savar on Wednesday.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto-led Bangladesh lost the first one-day match against Lankans by a huge margin of 186 runs outplaying in every departments with frustration of the young Tigers.
However, Simon Helmot, the Australian coach of the team, believes the junior Tigers have the ability to turn back in the series in the second game.
Acknowledging the disappointing application of junior Tigers’ skill, Simon on Tuesday said “The way we played in the first game was very poor. We’ve failed to live up to the expectation in the last 10 overs that cost our defeat.”
“The target of 300 or more runs is not easy to chase every day, but it was chaseable in the wicket of BKSP. However, we don’t want to ponder too much on the last game.”
With a conviction to do better in the next game, Simon said “The boys are confident to flare up. We had a good discussion yesterday. Mashrafe (Bin Mortaza) was gracious to give his time to inspire the junior tigers.”
The coach of junior Tigers believes, the demolishing defeat in the first game will not harm the confidence of the boys.
“It (the defeat in the first game) should excite us more and drive us more to be the best we can be,” Simon added.
Simon suggested his disciples not to concentrate on the poor performances in the first game but to think them in the middle of a journey and very close to the national side.
The last match of the one-day series will take place in Khulna on August 24. After that, both teams will lock horns in a two-match four-day series in Khulna and Cox’s Bazar.
Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) — Russell Domingo, the newly-appointed head coach of Bangladesh national cricket team, arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon.
He went to a Gulshan hotel from the airport after landing at 5pm.
The South African will start working with the Tigers from Wednesday.
As per the initial contract, Domingo will work for two years. His contract will be extended if both parties want.
In a recent interview with UNB, Domingo, who has never played professional cricket, said he is hopeful of taking Bangladesh to the next level.
Born in Port Elizabeth, Domingo gained his coaching qualification when he was just 22. He was hired as a youth coach for Eastern Province at the age of 25.
During the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2004 Bangladesh, he was appointed as the coach of South Africa U-19 team. After that, his biggest success was for the domestic cricket club Warriors franchise.
He led them to victory in domestic one-day and Twenty20 competitions during the 2009–10 seasons. He was the coach of the Warriors in the Champions League Twenty20 in 2010 and 2011.
After that, he got the job of coaching South Africa A team. In 2013, he got his dream job of coaching South Africa national team after the resignation of Gary Kirsten.