Bangladesh posted their 2nd consecutive victory in the eight-nation ACC Emerging Teams Cup’2019 upsetting India by 6 wickets in the Group B match at BKSP ground-3 in Savar on Saturday.
With the well-merited victory of the Young Tigers, the cricket-crazy Bangladesh fans got some solace for the Tigers’ embarrassing innings defeat against hosts India in the Indore Test on Saturday.
Bangladesh made a flying start in the meet outplaying Hong Kong by 9 wickets in one of the four opening day’s matches at BKSP ground-4 in Savar on Thursday.
In the last group matches, Bangladesh will play Nepal while India will face Hong Kong, Pakistan will meet Oman and Afghanistan will lock horns with Sri Lanka, all on Monday (November 18).
The top two teams from each group will play semifinals on November 20 and 21 respectively while the final will be held on November 23, all at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
In the day’s other match, Pakistan also brightened their chance to qualify for the semifinals crushing holders Sri Lanka by 90 runs at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Main Stadium in Cox's Bazar.
In other matches on Saturday, Afghanistan beat Oman by 9 wickets at the Academy ground of the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy in Cox's Bazar while Nepal beat Hong Kong by 40 runs at BKSP ground-4 in Savar.
Sent in to bat first, India were all out for 246 runs in stipulated 50 overs, featuring 125 runs in the 5th wicket stand by Armaan Jaffer and Vinayak Gupta.
Armaan smashed 105 runs off 98 balls hitting 8 fours and 3 sixes while Vinayak added 40 off 65 balls featuring 5 fours.
Among others, Aryan Juyal contributed 37, Sanvir Singh 26, Hrithik Shokeen 16 and captain Belur Sharath 12 runs.
Sumon Khan picked up four wickets for 64 while Tanvir Islam and Soumya Sarkar bagged two wickets each conceding 38 and 53 runs respectively.
In reply, hosts Bangladesh scored 250 for 4 in 42.1 overs, featuring 144 runs in the 2nd wicket stand by captain Najmul Hossain Shanto and Soumya Sarkar.
Shanto smashed 94 runs off 88 balls hitting 14 fours and 2 sixes, Soumya scored 73 runs off 68 deliveries featuring 7 fours and 3 sixes. Shanto was the man of the match.
Among others, Afif Hossain remained not out on 34 while Yasir Ali scored 21 and Mohammad Naim 14 runs.
Yash Rathod, Sanvir Singh, Saurabh Dubey and Siddharth Desai took one wicket each conceding 16, 42, 40 and 49 runs respectively.
Italy set a national record for consecutive wins after beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 in a European Championship qualifier on Friday.
Italy’s 10th successive victory eclipsed the Azzurri’s record of nine in 1938-39 under Vittorio Pozzo, who also led the national team to two World Cup trophies.
“I'm happy with the record, to go above a legend like Pozzo means a lot but the road is still long,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. “We did well to put the game on track early on.
"We've implemented a different way of working, in technical terms also. The guys have done very well and it's paid off.”
Francesco Acerbi and Lorenzo Insigne scored in the first half in Zenica and Andrea Belotti added a delightful third after the break.
Italy, which had already qualified for Euro 2020 as Group J winner, extended its perfect record in the group to nine wins in nine matches. It also beat the United States in a friendly last year.
Bosnia was out of the running following Finland’s victory hours earlier, although it could still qualify for next year’s tournament through the playoffs.
Italy has come a long way in the two years since its embarrassing failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup — leaving the four-time champion out of soccer's biggest tournament for the first time in 54 years.
“This record shows that we have to keep going,” Belotti said. “It means a lot to us but we have different goals. The real records are others. Like the real dreams.
“The coach has clearly made his mark and that's always been there to see. It wasn’t easy to start again, he’s done well.”
Italy took the lead in the 21st minute. Federico Bernardeschi rode two tackles as he sped down the left flank and pulled it back from the byline for Nicolò Barella to touch onto Francesco Acerbi for the defender’s first international goal.
Bosnia strove for the equalizer but Italy doubled its advantage shortly before halftime when Belotti mazed his way into the area and threaded the ball through to Insigne, who placed it into the bottom left corner.
Bosnia would have reduced the deficit had it not been for a string of impressive saves from Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The Azzurri made sure of the result seven minutes into the second half when Barella sent Belotti clear and he lifted a superb effort over the goalkeeper.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini handed Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli and Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini their international debuts late on.
One of China’s biggest Olympic stars fought Friday for his right to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Games during a rare public hearing that turned combative at times, as champion swimmer Sun Yang defended his refusal to complete a doping test last year.
During a 10-hour session marred at times by translation problems, Sun maintained that inspectors drawing blood and urine samples failed to have proper identification papers.
The interpretation issues in both English and Chinese brought a halt to the landmark Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing several times, frustrating lawyers for both sides during Sun’s opening cross-examination. Sun’s mother later took the stand, at one point admonishing lawyers, “I haven’t finished yet.”
One lawyer said he could not tell if Sun was being evasive or if it was simply a case of misunderstood translation.
The case stems from the three-time Olympic champion’s refusal to cooperate with three anti-doping officials during a random test that became a confrontation in the early morning hours at his home in China in September 2018.
“During inspection, I realized they don’t have any authorized papers to prove their identification,” Sun testified Friday.
A World Anti-Doping Agency expert disputed Sun’s account, saying the inspectors’ credentials were in order.
A tribunal appointed by the swimming world body FINA initially gave Sun only a caution, but WADA appealed the case to CAS. Its judges are not expected to hand down a verdict until next year. If the ruling goes against him, Sun could be banned from the 2020 Olympics.
The 6-foot, 7-inch (2-meter) Sun became a star in China as the country’s first man to win an Olympic title in swimming. He won gold medals in the 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle races at the 2012 London Olympics. He added gold in the 200 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The 27-year-old Sun, who also has 11 world championship titles, has been a polarizing figure in the sport.
In Rio, one Australian rival called him a drug cheat as anger built over a three-month ban for his positive test in 2014 that some considered too lenient. The ban was initially kept secret by Chinese authorities and FINA, which some accused of appearing to protect one of its biggest names in a key market.
Sun provoked more anger among rivals by winning two world titles in July while the CAS appeal was pending. Medalists from Australia and Britain refused to stand on the podium with him in Gwangju, South Korea.
The translation problems at Friday’s hearing began almost from the start, and it was unclear at times how much of the testimony and questions were understood, with both judges and lawyers expressing frustration.
At one point, Sun’s Geneva-based lawyer, Ian Meakin, apologized for asking his client leading questions, saying: “The translation was so bad.”
The translation was so poor that “you couldn’t tell if (Sun) was monumentally evasive or couldn’t understand the questions,” said Richard Young, a lawyer for WADA.
When the hearing resumed after a break, judging panel president Franco Frattini also apologized for its poor quality.
The court noted that Sun’s team selected the translators, who were replaced at a lunch break by a WADA staff member. Lawyers were told an accurate transcript of the morning sessions would later be provided to all parties.
Sun detailed how he and his entourage had doubted the qualifications of the officials conducting the doping test at his home.
“How are you able to trust them?” said Sun, whose personal doctor had been summoned to the scene.
A security guard, under instructions from Sun’s mother, used a hammer to smash a box containing a vial of his blood during the late-night dispute after the swimmer questioned the collection team’s credentials.
Sun said he was not respected by the officials, including a chaperone he said asked to take his photograph.
“This is really ridiculous,” Sun said in translated comments.
Although Sun and his entourage were criticized for their conduct, the first FINA tribunal panel said the sample mission was void and invalid because anti-doping protocol was not followed. Technically, Sun was judged to be not properly notified of needing to give samples.
WADA has asked for a ban of between two and eight years, saying Sun voluntarily refused to submit to give samples.
“That is pretty sensational,” Young, the WADA lawyer, said of the hammer-smashing incident. “But he was nailed on a tampering violation before any of that happened.”
If WADA’s appeal is upheld, Sun risks a longer sanction that could bar him from the Tokyo Games because it would be his second offense. The first offense brought the three-month ban imposed by Chinese authorities in 2014, after Sun tested positive for a banned stimulant.
That initial ban was quickly addressed by Sun and his legal team on Friday. He said it was a prescribed medication for a heart issue because he sometimes fainted after training.
Lawyers for WADA repeatedly asked if Sun had learned in his long career of the serious consequences for refusing to give a sample. He repeatedly answered that the lead anti-doping official had not warned him specifically.
Sun’s anti-doping history was detailed, with 180 samples given at competitions and during training from 2012-18. A total of 60 were organized by the Sweden-based firm IDTM, which sent the collection team to Sun’s home in 2018.
CAS judge Philippe Sands pressed Sun about whether IDTM staff had shown different kinds of documents of authorization on the 59 previous occasions he gave samples without problems.
Friday’s hearing, the first open to the media and public observers since 1999, played out inside a ballroom annex set among lakeside hotel gardens in the upscale Swiss resort of Montreux. Next door stood the concert halls of the city’s famed jazz festival.
Amid concerns over witness intimidation, the three anti-doping officials who visited Sun’s home testified earlier and did not attend Friday’s session, which was watched by more than 100 accredited observers in the room and streamed live on the CAS website.
The hearing ended with Sun surprising his own legal team by waving his arms and calling another translator from the public seats to better articulate his closing statement.
“Who is this guy?” asked an incredulous Judge Frattini, a former Italian foreign minister. “It is not up to you to appear before the court.”
“There are some rules,” he said.
Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) - BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said Bangladesh’s long-pending problems with India could not be resolved as the current government has no bargaining capacity.
“We don’t want to talk against India as we’ve no conflict with that country. The main problem is that now we’ve such a government in power that has no capacity to talk to India about our problems,” he said.
Speaking at a seminar, Fakhrul further said, “The government has no bargaining capacity to address the problems with India as it always depends on the country to hang on to power. This is the reality.”
The Association of Engineers, Bangladesh, a pro-BNP platform of engineers, arranged the programme on the possible adverse impacts on the country due to the Feni River water withdrawal deal with India at a city hotel.
Fakhrul said people have to realise that the more the current government will stay in power the more Bangladesh’s interests will be harmed, and its resources will get depleted.
Stating that the Feni River is Bangladesh’s river, not a common one, he said the government is allowing India to withdraw its water. “The Prime Minister said how she can deny if anyone seeks water for drinking. That’s fine. But she didn’t say anything about the sufferings of our lakhs of people whose crops and livelihoods are getting destroyed for lack of water from the Teesta River.”
The BNP leader said India has long been refusing to give Bangladesh water from the Teesta while the issue of ensuring the fair share of water of other common rivers also remains unresolved.
He said Bangladeshis are getting killed along the border, but the government says the border killing has dropped substantially. “In fact, we don’t see any fall in border killing.”
Fakhrul said the government did not yet place in parliament the deals the Prime Minister recently signed with India. “There’s no discussion on the deals in parliament. As per our constitution, any deal signed with other country must be placed in parliament and ratified. But the government never did it.”
On October 5 last, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
Fakhrul criticised Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen for his remark that the deaths of 53 workers in Saudi Arabia is insignificant. “It’s a dangerous comment.”
He said the minister earlier said Bangladesh’s relation with India is very warm. “I don’t want to utter what he exactly he said about it. It’s good that we’ve very nice relation with India, but why our interests aren’t protected and our problems aren’t resolved. Why can't we get water (from Teesta)?”
The BNP leader said the government has made the country’s economic condition very fragile with its wrong policies and corruption.
“They (govt) used to say Bangladesh is a role model. They’re such a role model that they’ve to depend on bank loans. All the banks have got depleted. Many economists are saying the future of the economy is bad,” he observed.
Fakhrul said the RMG export has marked a sharp fall and many garment factories are shut down while manufacturing industries are not setting up in the country.
He said there is no alternative to removing the current government from power to overcome the current crisis. “We must create a national unity to oust this monstrous regime.”
Bill Russell finally accepted his Basketball Hall of Fame ring.
The 11-time NBA champion, five-time MVP, Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champ said on Twitter on Friday that he was presented with his Hall of Fame ring in a private ceremony.
The 85-year-old Boston Celtics great didn’t attend the induction ceremony in 1975. He said he didn’t deserve to be the first black player inducted, tweeting: “I felt others before me should have that honor.”
His tweet mentions Chuck Cooper, who in 1950 was the first African-American player drafted by the NBA and who was inducted this year.
Russell said the ceremony was attended by his wife, along with close friends and Hall of Famers Bill Walton, Ann Meyers and Alonzo Mourning.