Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) - After the deadly terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, Bangladesh’s main priority was to bring the national cricket team back safely, said Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury on Saturday.
“After being aware of the situation, our main priority was to bring back the national team safely. It’s a relief that the team are returning home safely,” he said while talking to reporters.
The Bangladesh team were supposed to play the third and final Test of the three-match series against New Zealand from March 16 at Christchurch where the terror attacks took place. Due to the attacks, the final Test was called off after a joint discussion of both the boards.
“What happened in New Zealand was very unfortunate. New Zealand is a country where nothing happened like this in the past. But now, it has happened in New Zealand. So, it’s shocking because so many lives were lost and at the same time, we’re glad that our team are returning home safely,” Nizamuddin further said.
After the pre-match press conference of both the captains, some players of the Bangladesh team were heading to Masjid Al Noor to offer their Juma prayers. But an unknown woman prevented them from going to the mosque saying a shooting was going on there.
After that, the members of the Bangladesh team, including Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim, ran back to the Hagley Oval, where the last Test was scheduled to be played.
“When a team go to visit a country, it’s up to the home board to ensure their security and make sure all things are in the right place. It’s the standard practice. It has been the same for ages,” Nizamuddin said about the security arrangement for the Bangladesh team.
However, when the Bangladesh team members ran back from the spot, no security personnel were seen there. BCB CEO has addressed the situation as ‘unfortunate’. He also said BCB will ensure a particular level of security before any future tour to anywhere in the world.
“From now on, we’ll ensure a standard level of security before any future tour,” he also told the reporters.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team left New Zealand around 12 noon on Saturday (New Zealand time), and they are expected to arrive in Dhaka at 10:45pm (BST).
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) - A court here on Saturday sent Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, chairman of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Women’s Football Committee, to jail in a case filed for making ‘derogatory remarks’ on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sufian Md Noman passed the order when police produced her before his court, rejecting her bail plea.
Kiron, also a member of BFF executive committee and FIFA council, was arrested from Dhanmondi area in the morning in the defamation case filed by sports organiser Abu Hasan Chowdhury Prince, said sub-inspector of Motijheel Police Station.
Prince, a member of Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, filed the case with Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Tuesday when the court issued a warrant for Kiron’s arrest.
At a press conference at the BFF House on March 8, Kiron reportedly made disparaging comments about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Christchurch, Mar 16 (Xinhua/UNB) -- The horror haunted Bangladeshi national cricket team said on Saturday "We still love New Zealand" while checking in their flight to go home at the Christchurch International Airport.
The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly escaped Friday's terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques.
Now the team just wants to go home to unite with their families.
The team had gone to the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayer in the afternoon, where the shooting spree began minutes earlier. The whole team escaped the scene and rushed back to the hotel, feeling frightened and frustrated.
They were due to play with New Zealand's Black Caps near Hagley Park, located in the area where the mass shooting took place. The test match has been called off after the terror attacks.
The attacks in two mosques in central Christchurch have killed at least 49 people and injured 48 others.
New Zealand Cricket CEO David White has announced that the game between New Zealand and Bangladesh had been called off as a result of the attacks.
The guest team arrived at the Christchurch International Airport on Saturday, checking in the morning flight back home.
At the Singapore Airlines check-in counter, players of the Bangladesh cricket team all looked serious and edgy. They were queuing to have their luggage checked, looking around constantly to confirm safety.
The Christchurch International Airport has upgraded its security with at least three heavily armed policemen at the departure terminal and several aviation security personnel standing by.
Seemingly to be the last player to get onboard the plane, Mushfiqur Rahim was interviewed by Xinhua News Agency.
He offered his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the terror attacks. He still felt surreal to encounter such impossible attacks.
As a sportsman who had previously been to New Zealand, he still held the view that "New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world."
"We still love New Zealand," he added.
Asked whether the team had been offered support to cope with the massive shooting, Rahim said they considered themselves lucky enough to escape. "They were happy to be alive" although a sense of horror still haunted some.
All the Bangladesh national cricket team players were escorted by heavily armed New Zealand police with loaded sub-machine guns to the entrance gate of the airport. Due to the lack of direct flights between New Zealand and Bangladesh, the team will need to transfer in Singapore to go home.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) - Bangladesh National Women’s Football Team suffered a 0-3 defeat against hosts Nepal in their 2nd and last Group A match of the six-nation SAFF Women’s Championship at Shahid Rangashala in Biratnagar, Nepal on Saturday.
This was the 3rd defeat for the youthful Bangladesh Women’s team against experienced Nepal in SAFF Championship after conceding 0-3 defeat in the SAFF semifinal in Cox’s Bazar in 2010 and 0-1 goal defeat in the Islamabad SAFF in 2014.
However, Bangladesh played to a one-all draw against the team of the Himalayan country in the Olympic Qualifiers in Myanmar November last year.
Despite the day’s huge defeat, Bangladesh finished group runners-up to reach the semifinal from three-team Group A and is likely to play the 4th time champions India in the first semis on Wednesday (March 20) at the same venue.
With the well merited victory, Nepal not only emerged Group A champions with all win record but also achieved their target of facing an easy opponent in the semifinal, likely to be Sri Lanka.
After the one each Group B matches, four times champions India topped the list outplaying the Maldives by 6-0 goals while Sri Lanka followed them eliminating the Maldives by 2-0 goals. Both the semifinalists--India and Sri Lanka—are scheduled to face each other Saturday evening to decide Group B champions.
In the day’s one sided match, Masura Parvin (suicidal), experienced Sabitra Bhandari and Manjai Yonjan scored one each for the Himalayan nation Nepal within 28 minutes of the match against totally off-colored and inexperienced Bangladesh.
Bangladesh went down in the race in the very 6th minute by a suicidal goal when their nervous defender Masura Parvin sent the ball to her own net while she was trying to foil an opponent attempt (1-0).
Nepalese experienced booter Sabitra Bhandari doubled the margin in the 23rd minute scoring her 24th international goals, utilizing a defense lapse (2-0).
Manjali Yonjan sealed the fate of the match scoring the 3rd goal in the 28th minute, off Samba pass (3-0).
In the entire match, Bangladesh managed only one chance in the 63rd minute, but a shot of Sopna nicely grabbed by Nepalese custodian Anjila Subba.
Nepal Team: Punam Jargha Magar, Hira Kumari Bhujel, Renuka Nagarkote, Sabitra Bhandari, Anita Basnet, Gita Rana, Niru Thapa (C), Manmaya Limbu, Anjila Subba (GK), Manjali Yonjan, and Dia Rai.
Bangladesh Team: Rupna Chakma (GK), Sheuli Azim, Shamsunnahar, Moassammat Akhi, Masura Parvin, Monika Chakma, Mossamat Mishrat Jahan Moushumi, Sirat Jahan Sopna, Sabina Khatun (C), Maria Manda and Nilufa Yesmin
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB) – The BCB Academy Cup is all set to take the place for the second time in Dhaka where a total of 32 cricket academies of the country will take part from March 18. Before that, Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of the Bangladesh team, asked the young cricketers to enjoy the game.
“It’s a big platform for young cricketers. As I know, there’re too many cricket academies in Dhaka. They need to have a good platform to flourish. This platform will create a chance for them to go to the next level,” Shakib said on Saturday at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
“I think it’s a good initiative by BCB. I want to thank BCB for this, and at the same time, I hope the players will perform well to take the limelight. I also hope we’ll get many cricketers for U-15, U-16 and U-19 teams from this event,” Shakib further said.
“I hope they will play to enjoy the game. It won’t be ideal to set a target of life for the players at this point of time. It’ll be their best achievement to get positive feedback from this event. At the same time, they need to make that this tournament is not all. This tournament is not the end of the world for who will fail. At the same time, it’s not all for who will perform well. I hope they’ll play keeping these things in mind,” he said.
A total of 28 participating academy teams are from Dhaka Metropolis and the other academies are from outside Dhaka.