Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – Touring Bangladesh displayed a brilliant performance in their last Group D match of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers upsetting hosts Tajikistan by 5-1 goals in the last group affairs at Hisor Central Stadium in Dushanbe in Tajikistan on Sunday.
Bangladesh, which have already been eliminated from the four-team Group D after suffering two consecutive defeats against Asian giant South Korea by 0-7 goals and Chinese Taipei by 0-2 goals, completed their assignment with an impressive note shocking the hosts.
Bangladesh’s encounter against Tajikistan was nothing but a dead rubber as only six group champions and two best runners-up will play in the next round of the meet.
Mishrat Jahan Mousumil-led the Bangladesh team, mostly consisting of the players of SAFF U-18 Champions Bangladesh team that played in Bhutan, finished 3rd in the four-team group securing three points from as many matches forcing hosts and all losers Tajikistan to the bottom.
Favourite South Korea emerged unbeaten champions of Group D securing full nine points from straight three matches to reach the 2nd round of the meet beating group runners-up Chinese Taipei (six points) by 4-0 goals in the last match at the same venue on Sunday.
Sherpur, Oct 28 (UNB) – Kakoli Sporting Club defeated Kusumkoli Sporting Club by 2-0 goals in the Saif Power Battery Sherpur District Football League at Shaheed Daroga Ali Municipality Park ground on Sunday.
Attacking midfielder Galif Mia scored both goals for Kakoli SC’s winning start in the 12-team league.
Kakoli SC played attacking game from the beginning, but Kusumkoli SC’s goalie denied some attempts before Galif Mia’s success for twice.
Kusumkoli SC created some chances, but all their efforts went in vain for the lack of clean finishers.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – All the seven franchised teams of the sixth edition Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) picked up local stars and foreign cricketers through the players auction, which was held at a city hotel on Sunday.
Studded with national ODI side captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, defending champions Rangpur Riders picked Shafiul Islam and Sohag Gazi in the local players' first round. They retained Ravi Bopara and took Rilee Rossouw and West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas.
Former national side captain Mohammad Ashraful, , who became eligible to play all international and BPL in August 2018 after serving a five-year match-fixing-related ban, has been picked up by Chittagong Vikings alongside another national captain Mushfiqur Rahim, a Category A+ player, to play for the port city team.
Defending runner-up Khulna Titans retained local star Mahmudullah Riyad and added Lasith Malinga to their roster from category A, apart from leg spinner Yasir Shah, Afghanistan left-arm leg spinner Zahir Khan and Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor to form a balanced side.
Rajshahi opted for Soumya Sarkar as their first local pick, and used their first overseas-player quota to pick Sri Lanka's left-arm seamerIsuruUdana. They also took Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate, Sri Lanka's Seekugge Prasanna and uncapped England batsman Laurie Evans.
South Africa's Cameron Delport and Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka went to Chittagong, while Ian Bell found a place with Dhaka Dynamites. Apart from Afridi and Lewis, Comilla went for ThisaraPerera, a strong performer for Rangpur in the previous season, alongside retaining experienced TamimIqbal.
In form icon player Liton Kumar Das is in the Sylhet Sixers along-with local Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman and young all-rounder Afif Hossain.
The star-studded franchised tournament is likely to start in January 5, 2019.
Rangpur Riders:Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Nazmul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Chris Gayle, Alex Hales, AB de Villliers, Shafiul Islam, SohagGazi, Farhad Reza, MehediMaruf, Ravi Bopara, RileeRossouw, Nahidul Islam, NadifChowdhury, AbulHasan, FardinHossain, Benny Howell and Oshane Thomas.
Chittagong Vikings:Sunzamul Islam, SikandarRaza, Luke Ronchi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Shahzad, Robbie Frylinck, MosaddekHossain, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, NayeemHasan, Cameron Delport, DasunShanaka, Mohammad Ashraful, RobiulHaque, Yasir Ali, Nihaduzzaman, NajibullahZadran and Shadman Islam.
Khulna Titans:MahmudullahRiyad, ArifulHaque, NazmulHossainShanto, Carlos Brathwaite, Dawid Malan, Ali Khan, Jahurul Islam, Shariful Islam, Taijul Islam, Al-Amin, Zahir Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Subashis Roy, JunaidSiddique, Tanvir Islam Mahidul Islam Ankan, LasithMalinga, Yasir Shah and Brendan Taylor.
Rajshahi Kings:MominulHaque, MehidyHasanMiraz, MustafizurRahman, ZakirHasan, Qais Ahmed, ChristiaanJonker, SoumyaSarkar, Fazle Mahmud, Arafat Sunny, AlauddinBabu, IsuruUdana, Laurie Evans, Marshall Ayub, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Ryan ten Doeschate, SeekuggePrasanna and Mohammad Sami.
Dhaka Dynamites:Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, HazratullahZazai, Andre Russell, RubelHossain, NurulHasan, RonyTalukdar, ShuvagataHom, Andrew Birch, Ian Bell, QaziOnik, MizanurRahman, AsifHasan, ShahadatHossain and Naim Sheikh.
SylhetSixers:NasirHossain, SabbirRahman, Liton Kumar Das, SohailTanvir, David Warner, SandeepLamichhane, AfifHossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, TowhidHridoy, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Irfan, Nabil Samad, EbadatHossain, AlokKapali, Jaker Ali, GulbadinNaib, Andre Fletcher, MehediHasanRana, Pat Brown and Nicholas Pooran.
Comilla Victorians:TamimIqbal, ImrulKayes, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoaib Malik, AselaGunaratne, Liam Dawson, Abu Hider, AnamulHaque, MehediHasan, ZiaurRahman, ShahidAfridi, ThisaraPerera, MosharrafHossain, Mohammad Shahid, ShamsurRahman, SanjitSaha, Evin Lewis, WaqarSalmakhai and AmerYamin.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) - Mohammad Ashraful has been picked by Chittagong Vikings during the auction of players for the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at a city hotel on Sunday.
The former Bangladesh national cricket team captain, who became eligible in August 2018 to play international and BPL games after serving a five-year ban for match-fixing, expressed his feelings, saying, “I have been waiting for long for the day. I am feeling good.”
“I’ll try to play for the victory of my team. Since my dream is to be back in the national side, my good performance in the tournament will widen the chance for a spot in the team,” Ashraful told reporters.
Ashraful was suspended from all levels of domestic and international cricket in June 2013 for the fixing during the BPL first edition. He was cleared to play domestic cricket in August 2016 before being cleared for international cricket in 2018.
After having clearance for domestic cricket, Ashraful played in the Premier Division League, first class National Cricket League and Bangladesh Cricket League.
Category B player in the BPL players’ draft, Ashraful got space alongside Mushfiqur Rahim, a Category A+ player, to play in the franchised tournament likely to start on January 5, 2019.
Chittagong Vikings also picked seven foreign players -- Sikandar Raza, Luke Ronchi, Mohammad Shahzad, Robbie Frylinck, Cameron Delport, Dasun Shanaka and Najibullah Zadran -- to form the team.
Chittagong Vikings squad: Sunzamul Islam, Sikandar Raza, Luke Ronchi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Shahzad, Robbie Frylinck, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan, Cameron Delport, Dasun Shanaka, Mohammad Ashraful, Robiul Haque, Yasir Ali, Nihaduzzaman, Najibullah Zadran and Shadman Islam.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – Holders Dhaka Abahani Limited and formidable Saif Sporting Club won their respective group matches of the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet, the Walton Federation Cup Football Tournament, at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Sunday.
Defending champions Dhaka Limited made a good start in the season’s curtain raiser soccer meet beating Muktijoddha Sangsad KC by 1-0 goal in opening Group C match Sunday afternoon.
Former national skipper Mamunul Islam Mamun scored the match-winner for the sky-blue popular Dhanmondi outfit in the 54th minute by a placing shot from danger zone that kissed the freedom fighter net, hitting the side bar (1-0)
Mamun, who got the opportunity to make match-winner utilizing a Belfast shot pass that came his way by a header of Sunday. Later, the national coloured medio Mamunul Islam was adjudged the smart player of the match.
In the day’s 2ndmatch, Saif Sporting Club beat Team BJMC by 3-1 goals at the same venue under flood light.
Korea striker SeungilPark put Saif SC ahead in the very 5th minute from a penalty (1-0) while Abdullah Al Mamunof Team BJMC leveled the margin in the 13th minute by eye-catching header from goal mouth melee (1-1).
Substitute striker Jafar Iqbal scored the 2nd goal for Saif SC in the 66th minute by a cool shot from goalmouth melee (2-1) while Denis Blshakov sealed the fate of the match in the 88th minute, also from another penalty (3-1).
Monday’s matches: Mohammedan SC vs Bashundhara Kings (3;15 pm), Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club vs NoFel Sporting Club (5:15 pm).