Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who has been out of the ground since September 15 after suffering injury during the Asia Cup, expects to return to cricket with the first Test against West Indies at home in November.
“Today, I faced bowling for the first time after my injury. Though I felt a little bit swelling, I’m optimistic about returning to the crease through the first Test against West Indies. Maybe, I’ll not be able to fulfill the expectations at the beginning of my return, but I’ll give my best,” Tamim said.
He further said, “We didn’t do well during our last tour of West Indies. It’ll be a challenging one this time, too.”
The senior opener of Bangladesh was talking to reporters at the BCB Cricket Academy ground on Sunday afternoon when his teammates -– Moninul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim -- have already hammered centuries against visiting Zimbabwe on the first day of the second and final Test at Sher-e-Bangle National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
About the ongoing Test against Zimbabwe, he said, “The first hour was seen very difficult, but Mominul and Mushfiq did well for a comeback.”
He termed the centuries of Mominul and Mushfiq 'well-deserved', saying Mominul is probably the most hardworking player among them.
The left-handed opener thinks that the young players got chances to prove their worth in the absence of him and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
He also expects that Shakib will return to cricket soon, recovering from injury.
Tamim refused to make comment on Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s political engagement as he brought nomination paper of Awami League for the next national election. “It’s a political matter. I don’t want to make any comment in this regard. I want to see him [Mashrafe] as my captain in the dressing room,” he said.
The West Indies are scheduled to visit Bangladesh to play a full-fledged series, involving two Tests, three ODIs and threeT20Is from November 22 to December 12.
Tamim suffered injury while batting against Sri Lanka during the Asia Cup opener in the United Arab Emirates, a game most probably will be remembered for his heroic return to bat with one hand to defend one ball on Bangladesh’s nine down.
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – The Exim Bank 28th National Men’s Handball Championship, organized by Bangladesh Handball Federation (BHF) begins on Tuesday (November 13) at the Shaheed Captain (Retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here.
President of the Bangladesh Insurance Association Sheikh Kabir Hossain will inaugurate the meet Tuesday afternoon. Director of the meet’s sponsor Exim Bank Nurul Amin Faruq will be present as special guest.
Rajshahi District will play Dinajpur District in the official inaugural match following the opening ceremony at 3 pm, although the men’s competition will begin in the morning..
The Exim Bank 29th National Women’s Handball Championship begins on Monday.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Handball Federation Asaduzzaman Kohinoor disclosed the details of the tournaments at a press conference at the federation office on Sunday. Chairman of the Men’s Committee Hasanullah Khan Rana and Chairman of the Women’s Committee Mokbul Hossain also spoke on the occasion.
Tournament’s sponsor Exim Bank will provide Tk 25,00,000 for both the tournaments. Out of total budget Tk 14.90 lakh for the men’s and Tk 9.52 lakh for the women’s meet.
A total of 29 district teams, split into eight groups, are initially taking part in the men’s competition.
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB)– Bangladesh Women’s team made another dismal performance in their 2nd Group C Asian Qualifiers match of the Women’s Olympics Football Tokyo 2020 with a humiliating 1-7 goals defeat against their next-door neighbour India at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on Sunday afternoon.
With the day’s frustrating performance, Bangladesh were almost out of the race conceding 2nd consecutive defeat following their 0-5 goals loss against hosts and upper-ranked Myanmar in the first match on Thursday.
With the day’s impressive victory, India not only dominated the Group C list with unbeaten record securing four points from two matches to confirm a 2nd round berth from the group, but also maintained their winning run against the Bangladesh senior team. Earlier in the opening group match, India dropped important points after playing 1-1 draw against Nepal.
Earlier, Bangladesh Women’s team lost to India by 1-3 goals in the final of the last SAFF Women’s Championship in Siliguri in January last year and conceded 0-3 goals defeat against India in qualifying round of the 2012 London Olympics in Dhaka.
Myanmar were scheduled to play Nepal in their 2nd Group C match on Sunday evening at the same venue.
In the day’s first match, Bala Devi made a hattrick scoring four goals in the 22nd, 23rd, 62nd and 75th minutes while Kamala Devi struck two in the 16th (penalty) and 53rd minutes while Sanju netted the other goal in the 73rd minute for India, which dominated the first half by 3-0 goals.
Krishna Rani Sarkar scored the consolation goal for Bangladesh in the 81st minute.
Apart from India, hosts Myanmar were in the 2nd slot in the group collecting full three points from one match and Nepal were in the 3rd slot with one point from one match while Bangladesh were in the bottom of the four-team fray without any point.
Bangladesh will play 3rd and last match of the four-team Group C against Himalayan nation Nepal on Tuesday (Nov 13) at 2:30 pm (BST) while Myanmar will play India in the last group engagement, also on Tuesday at 5:30 pm (BST) at the same venue.
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim hammered centuries in a record-breaking 266-run fourth wicket partnership for Bangladesh on the first day of the second and final Test against Zimbabwe at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
The hosts were 303 for five at stumps.
Mushfiq remained unbeaten with 111 runs, of which 36 came from boundaries. He completed his sixth Test century off 231 balls. Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad [0*] was at the other end when the bails were drawn.
Bangladesh made three changes in the team, including two debuts. Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman alongside debutants Mohammad Mithun and Khaled Ahmed replaced Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Nazmul Islam and Abu Jayed.
Electing to bat first, the hosts were in trouble early losing three wickets for just 26 runs in 11.1 overs before Mominul and Mushfiq salvaged the team and took the score to 292/4 in 85.4 overs.
Mominul, the top-scorer of the day, was finally out for 161 off 247 balls, including 19 boundaries, after giving a catch to Brian Chari off Tendai Chatara.
Mominul was 98 when he hit Sikandar Raza to the fence and completed his seventh Test century off 150 balls with 12 boundaries.
A consistent run-getter for Bangladesh, Mushfiq followed suit completing his sixth Test century with a single run off Zimbabwean skipper Hamilton Masakadza in the third session when the score was 252/3 in 75.1 overs. He fired eight boundaries in the process.
After the dismissal of Mominul, spin bowler Taijul Islam  came in as night-watchman but failed to hold his nerve and was caught behind by Regis Chakabva off Kyle Jarvis. Bangladesh lost fifth wicket at 299 in the 89th over.
Earlier, opening batsman Imrul Kayes edged Kyle Jarvis and was caught behind for a duck off 16 balls in 6.4 overs when the team total was 13. Within a span of three runs, Jarvis struck again as Liton Kumar Das  gave Barndon Mavuta an easy catch.
Debutant Mohammad Mithun failed to prove his worth as he too was out for naught—caught Taylor off Tiripanp—leaving the home side reeling with 26/3 in 11.1 overs.
Jarvis captured three wickets for 48 runs while Tendai Chatara[1/28] and Donald Tiripano[1/33] shared two for Zimbabwe.
Bngladesh 1st innings: 303/5* in 90 overs, at stumps; Mominul Haque 161, Mushfiqur Rahim 111*, Mahmudullah Riyad 0*; Kyle Jarvis 3/48, Tendai Chatara 1/28, Donald Tiripano 1/33.
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim hammered centuries alongside sharing Bangladesh’s best fourth-wicket partnership of 266 for the team total of 263/5* at stumps on day one in the first innings of the second and final Test of a series against visiting Zimbabwe at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 263/5* in 90 overs, at stumps; MominulHaque 161, Mushfiqur Rahim 111*, MahmudullahRiyad 0*, Kyle Jarvis 3/48, TendaiChatara 1/28, Donald Tiripano 1/33.