Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – Mohammad Nazim clinched the title of the Novoair Cup Professional Golf that concluded at the Kurmitola Golf Course here on Wednesday.
SH Sohel finished runner-up while Zamal Hossain Mollah became 3rd in the four-day meet organised by Bangladesh Professional Golfers Association (BPGA) and patronised by Novoair.
Vice-president of Kurmitola Golf Club Maj Gen M Enayet Ullah was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later he handed over the prizes among the winners
Managing Director of Novoair Mofizur Rahman, BPGA President Asif Ibrahim and Secretary General Brigadier General (retd) GM Kamrul Islam were also present on the occasion.
Some 88 golfers, including 77 professional and 11 amateur ones, from 22 teams participated in thefour-day tournament.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB)- Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team under the banner of Dhaka Eleven made a historic start in the International Hockey beating Kolkata Warriors, by 2-0 goals in the first of the three-match series at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Wednesday.
This was the first international hockey match for Bangladesh women’s, who earlier played some local hockey matches in 70s and the women’s hockey was stopped from 80s in any level.
After a long gap, Bangladesh Hockey Federation took initiative to restart and nursing the women’s hockey in the country and made a memorable start beating Indian team displaying a better brand of hockey against their mighty opponents.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan inaugurated the match.
Shimu Aktar put Dhaka Eleven ahead at the ninth minute while Nomita Karmakar of Narail scored the second goal for Dhaka Eleven in 23rd minute.
Touring Kolkata Warriors reached Dhaka on Tuesday evening and will play their 2nd match on Thursday and the 3rd and last match on Saturday against same team at the same venue.
Dhaka Eleven: Sumi Akter, Ritu Khanam, Rani Akter, Mukta Khatun, Parvin Akter, Sanjida Akter, Ferdous Joyeta, Nomita Karmakar, Sadia Khatun, Shimu Akter, Farida Akter and Sanjida Shathi
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) – Bangladesh Women’s Football Team will start their Group C campaign of the Asian Qualifier (Round-1) for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 taking on upper-ranked and hosts Myanmar at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon on Thursday in a mission apparently to gain valuable experiences.
The match will kick off at 6 pm local time.
Bangladesh, placed in Asian Group C for the Olympics Qualifiers with three higher ranked teams -- Myanmar (Ranking 44th), India (59th) and Nepal (109) -- will play neighbouring India on Sunday (Nov 11) at 3 pm and face Nepal on Tuesday (Nov 13) also at 3 pm at the same venue in the remaining group encounters.
Ahead of the tough match against the home side, women booters participated in an official training session at the match venue on Wednesday evening after taking part in the walking session at INYA Lake side after breakfast in the morning.
Bangladesh team also participated in a coordination meeting with all the four participating teams at INYA Lake Hotel and later addressed pre-match press conference along with other teams at the same venue in the afternoon.
Addressing the pressmen, Head Coach of Bangladesh Golam Robbani Choton said, “We came here to learn more and lot from this tournament. We made good preparations for one year. We’ll try our best to make a good result playing a good football in this tournament.”
“All the (participating) teams are very strong in this group. We have mostly young players and this is a great opportunity for our girls to learn more. Our girls will try to put their best efforts in this tournament,” he further said.
Bangladesh captain Sabina Khatun said, “We will try to give our best efforts in all the matches. Myanmar is a strong team. This is for the first time we are playing against Myanmar and we will try to play a good match against them.”
Head Coach of hosts Myanmar Win Thu Moe said, “We are the favourites in this group. We are also in a good position in FIFA ranking. We played some friendly matches against China and Japan as part of our preparations. We will try to win all the matches to qualify for the next round.”
Head Coach of India Maymol Rocky said, “We came here only for win and to qualify for the next round in this tournament. All Teams are good enough to qualify for the next round. Myanmar is better and stronger in the group. Bangladesh-India match will be a good competitive one.”
Head Coach of Nepal HariKhadka said, “We came here as a new team in this tournament. We have a lot of things to gather experiences from this tournament. It will be a good tournament where Myanmar and India are very experienced.”
Bangladesh Squad: Sabina Khatun (capt), Mahmuda Akhter, Rupna Chakma, Ruksana Begum, Masura Parvin, Sheuli Azim, Ankhi Khatun, Shamsunnahar, Ritu Porna Chakma, Maria Manda, Mishrat Jahan Mousumi, Israt Jahan Ratna, Monika Chakma, Marzia, Sanjida Akhter, Tohura Khatun, Sirat Jahan Shopna, Krishna Rani Sarkar, Razia Khatun and Nargis Khatun.
Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh Test Match Played at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
Brief Score Card
Zimbabwe 282 ( Sean Williams 88 , Peter Moore 63* , Hamilton Masakdaza 62 , Taizul Islam 6/108 , Nazmul Opu 2/49 ) and 181 ( Hamilton Masakdaza 48, Sikandar Raza 25, Brendon Taylor 24 , Taijul Islam 5/62, Mehedy Miraj 3/45 , Nazmul Opu 2/27 ) beat Bangladesh 143 ( Ariful Haq 41* , Musfiqur Rahim 31 , Mehedy Miraj 21 , Sikandar Raza 3/35 , Tendai Chttara 3/19 , Kyle Jarvis 2/28 ) and 169 ( Imrul Kayes 43, Ariful Haq 38 <liton K Das 23 , Mavuta 4/21 , Raza 3/41 ) by 151 runs.
Well organized Zimbabwe playing disciplined cricket avalanched clueless Bangladesh to a 151 runs crushing defeat in the inaugural test match at Sylhet International Cricket stadium. Spineless batting by team tigers caused them yet another miserable defeat in test by a team which appeared in its only test match this year in 2018 . The visitors recorded their only third test victory away from home and its first in 17 years since 2001. Let us not take away the well deserved credit from them.
Ironically the woos of Bangladesh in test cricket continued. For the 8th consecutive test innings Bangladesh failed crossing 200 in test . They lost test earlier this year at home against Sri Lanka and on tour against West Indies. Only a few days back Bangladesh white washed Zimbabwe 3-0 in ODI series. Experts observed that apart from selection puzzle brain freeze and mind block of Bangladeshi batsmen caused such abysmal performance for the team. With the only other test match at Dhaka starting next Sunday Zimbabwe is poised for achieving a series white wash, What a huge humiliation it would be for Bangladesh if that happens.
Batting first Zimbabwe scored 282 in the first innings. Bangladesh batting collapsed to 143 in response. Zimbabwe added another 181 in the second innings presenting a 321 runs victory target to Bangladesh. The hosts crushed again scoring 169 all out. Zimbabwe crushed Bangladesh to 151 runs defeat within three and a little over half a day of the historic first ever test match played at Sylhet International Cricket stadium.
Winning the toss and electing to bat the visitors scored 282 all out in the first innings. Two senior professionals Sean Williams (88) and Hamilton Masakdaza (62) laid the backbone of the innings batting with patience and application . Young Peter Moore followed their suit with an unbeaten 63*.
When Bangladesh replied they immediately ran into crisis against very accurate and purposeful pace bowling of Tendai Chattara and Kyle Jarvis . Bowling consistently in off stump corridor they exploited the weakness of Bangladeshi batsmen playing away from the body .Imrul Kayes , Liton Das , Momunl Huq and Mahmudullah were gone in the twinkle of an eye . The score board showed only 19/4 within the first 10 overs. Shocked and awed Bangladesh could not recover . Only a fighting unbeaten 41 by debutant Ariful and 31 from Mushfique saved Bangladesh from reaching three figures of 143 which was still 139 in arrears . Not only the pace bowling of the visitors even the spinners became unplayable for Bangladesh . However , Bangladesh bowlers bowled reasonably well in the second innings restricting Zimbabwe to 181 . Taijul who took 6/108 in the first innings had another 5/62 taking his tally to 170 /11 in the match a creditable feat by any account . But added with 139 lead in the first innings Bangladesh was presented with a steep target of 321.
The wicket did not have venom and there was enough time at hand .Yet history was against the home side . No team in the past scored over 300 in the fourth innings in Bangladesh for winning a test . Yet cricket crazy Bangladesh nation dreamt . But unfortunately the dream was dashed from another pathetic batting display by Bangladesh. They were all out in less than two sessions scoring 169 . Another ignominious defeat of 151 runs in test cricket . This time against a lower rated Zimbabwean team. This loss is perhaps more shocking than the recent Bangladesh getting white washed by Afghanistan in T20 series.
Win or loss is a part of the game and cricket is termed as a game of glorious uncertainity . But judging from the recent forms of two teams in international cricket losing a test like this at home condition against a team which just suffered a series white wash in ODI series need soul searching . Was it brain freeze , was it mind block or was it characterless insipid performance of panicked Bangladesh batsmen that led to such disaster . Bangladesh in recent times won test at home against much stronger England and Australia and also won test against Sri Lanka on tour . But the batting in test remains a huge puzzle. This team over the last eight innings failed to cross 200 in any innings. Our batsmen perform so well in the limited over formats but the same batsmen look pretty ordinary in tests does not matter who are the bowlers or what type of wickets they play . Sylhet wicket was not fast or bouncy like Antigua or Kingstone , neither it was turning or bouncing prodigiously like Dhaka wicket from the first day. Yet Bangladesh batted poorly .
If one carry out post mortem one would find the adverse influence of too many limited over cricket and lack of planning of BCB for domestic longer version cricket . Add to this deliberately ignoring better players performing consistently well over the years in longer version cricket in domestic formats. The bulk of players playing test cricket hardly appear in local longer version cricket . They play BPL and only some of them play in ODI cricket.
Players like Tushar Imran, Naeem Islam , Shahriar Najees scoring tones of runs consistently fail to attract the attention of the BCB selectors despite of their favored players failing time and time again. The excuse given is poor quality of domestic cricket and lack of fitness . Wonder how an unfit player can score 11000 runs in first class cricket and keep on scoring centuries regularly. How an unfit bowlers gets over 500 wickets in first class cricket. Test players mature with ages . Bangladesh needs over hauling domestic cricket , making appearance in domestic cricket mandatory for players playing international cricket . The wickets must be conducive to creating quality batsmen and umpiring must not be motivated. Coaching staff must be tasked for mentoring and fine tuning quality players . Performance must be the only criteria for getting selected.
Failures in test gives rise to question why talented Mominul could not be mentored appropriately for translating his unexplored talents into a player of higher pedigree? Why Soumya still struggles to find his feet in longer version of the game ? Why Bangladesh can not shadow quality players behind Mashrafee , Shakib , Tamim , Mushfique and Mahmudullah ? Why Bangladesh can not find a match winning leg spinner?
Will anyone answer me what else Tushar Imran, Naeem Islam and Shariar Nafees can do other than performing regularly in domestic cricket for getting a call back into national team? What else Jubayer Likhon and couple of others can do to grow as leg spinners ? They are treated as burden in test cricket but look at any other international team.
Leg spinners are treated as special breed. Bangladesh does not learn.
Bangladesh may bounce back in Dhaka test and may even win and square the series . If that happens all will be forgotten. Bangladesh would get busy with cash cow BPL forgetting completely about longer version cricket . Trapping Australia and England in sub standard turning track has given Bangladesh false confidence . The players get stuck in the quick sands of pacey bouncy wickets in Australia , South Africa , New Zealand and West Indies . These will never change unless we have professionals running BCB instead of tradesmen having no clues .
It was the only third victory away from home for the Zimbabweans and the first since 2001. Due credits must be given to the visitors for wonderful turning around after getting a comprehensive white wash in the ODI series only a few days back.
Milan, Nov 7 (AP/UNB) — Lionel Messi once again watched from the sidelines and Barcelona's attack struggled without him as the Spanish side drew 1-1 at Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday despite dominating for large periods of the match.
The result nevertheless meant Barcelona became the first side to secure qualification for the knockout.
Messi had traveled with the team to Milan but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde opted not to risk the star forward, who hasn't played since fracturing his arm last month. The visitors still nearly managed to win the match when substitute Malcom netted with seven minutes remaining, moments after coming off the bench. But Inter has made a habit of scoring late goals and did so again as Mauro Icardi leveled in the 87th.
Barcelona could have won Group B with a victory at San Siro but a combination of wayward finishing and fine saves by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic means it will have to wait until the final two group matches.
"We had a great game," Valverde said. "We played very well. We didn't win but we qualified. So I leave Milan happy."
Barcelona remained top of the group, three points ahead of Inter and six ahead of Tottenham which beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1.
"It's a good point," Icardi said. "The message from this match is that we want to qualify from the group, we wanted to take points from this match knowing that now we have two difficult matches."
Inter plays Tottenham next. It managed a late come-from-behind victory at home in its Champions League opener, with Icardi leveling five minutes from time and Matias Vecino netting a stoppage-time winner.
"Let's hope the same thing happens that happened at San Siro," Icardi added with a laugh.
Messi injured his arm in a Spanish league match against Sevilla on Oct. 20 and missed the 2-0 victory over Inter in the last round, but had been training with the team in recent days.
However, Messi wasn't even on the bench at San Siro.
"It was a decision shared by the team," Valverde said. "We had to take care of the footballer especially in a match like this. It was a top match and very intense, with lots of tackles. You never know how someone can fall and we didn't want take risks."
Luis Suarez has made up for Messi's goals domestically — with five in his past two matches — but has yet to score this season in the Champions League.
The Uruguay forward went close on a number of occasions, and almost gave Barcelona an early lead with an audacious flick that flew narrowly over the bar.
Suarez had two chances in quick succession in the first half but Milan Skriniar cleared from almost on the goalline and the striker's effort from the resulting corner flashed across the area.
Barcelona dominated and had 65 percent of the possession, with 27 shots to Inter's 10.
However, Handanovic was equal to everything the Catalan club threw at him until Valverde brought Malcom on with nine minutes remaining.
And just two minutes later, Malcom had his first goal for the club, curling a shot between two Inter players and into the back of the net. It was Malcom's first goal for the club and the Brazilian was in tears as he was embraced by his teammates.
But Inter substitute Lautaro Martinez also had an immediate impact as his cross was deflected into the path of Icardi, who fired in his third goal in four matches in the competition. It was his seventh goal in his past six Inter matches.
"I think the goal was deserved because of how the team reacted after Barcelona's goal," Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said. "Icardi is the example — after he equalized he took the ball and ran back with it to the center circle. That says a lot, we wanted to win and still thought we could do it."