Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) - Bangladesh will start their T20 World Cup 2020 campaign on October 19 next year against Qualifier B at Blundstone Arena, Hobart, Australia.
The match will start at Bangladesh time 9:00 am, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The ICC on Tuesday revealed the schedule for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
The most exciting part of the tournament, Super 12, will begin from 24 October with the match between the hosts Australia and Pakistan. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have missed out the direct entry to the Super 12 stage of the tournament while the top eight teams of ICC T20 Ranking have achieved that.
The two Asian giants, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, have to fight with six qualifiers teams in the first round of the T20 World Cup. Which teams will qualify to play in the first round with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, will be determined by a tournament titled ‘2020 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier’ which is expected to take the field on October 2019.
If Bangladesh can finish the first round with expected success, they will take one step ahead to group B of the Super Four stage which is formed including India, England, South Africa, Afghanistan, First Round Group B team 1 and First Round Group A team 2.
Before that, Bangladesh will play the first match in the First Round on 19 October while the remaining two matches will be held on 21 and 23 October respectively.
If Bangladesh can pass the First Round successfully, they will play the first match of Super 12 stage against England on 26 October at Perth while the other matches will be held respectively on 28 October against Afghanistan at Perth, 2 November against A2 on Sydney, 5 November against India Adelaide and 8 November against South Africa at Sydney.
Bangladesh’s Frist Round matches schedule:
19, 21 and 23 October 2020 against Qualifier B3, B2 and B4 respectively
Bangladesh’s Super 12 matches (if they can pass First Round successfully):
26, 28 October and 2, 5, 8 November against England, Afghanistan, A2, India and South Africa respectively
Al Ain, Jan 29 (AP/UNB) — Japan will play for a record fifth Asian Cup title after reaching the final by defeating Iran 3-0 on Monday.
The host United Arab Emirates and Qatar meet in the other semifinal on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi for a berth in Friday's final.
Forward Yuya Osako did the damage in the second half by scoring the first goals conceded by Iran in the tournament.
He headed in the first in the 56th minute, and converted from the penalty spot 11 minutes later after VAR confirmed Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji's handball in the area.
Osako also scored twice in the 3-2 win over Turkmenistan in the group stage.
Genki Haraguchi finished the scoring in second-half injury time.
Japan won by a bigger margin than one goal for the first time in six matches at this Asian Cup.
Iran missed forward Mehdi Taremi, who had three goals in the tournament.
Carlos Queiroz, the former Real Madrid coach who has been in charge of Iran since 2011, came close to earning Iran its first title since 1976.
Madrid, Jan 29 (AP/UNB) — Alvaro Morata has fond memories of the time he was a ball boy at Atletico Madrid's old Vicente Calderon Stadium.
So much so that he still owns one of the vests he used to wear during matches.
"Every time I see a ball boy, I see myself in him," the striker said. "And when I was not a ball boy, I was in the stands watching Atletico. I used to dream of one day being on the field and playing."
The dream is coming true for Morata.
Atletico signed him on Monday to an 18-month loan from Chelsea, ending his miserable stay in English soccer following a club-record move from Real Madrid for $75 million.
The 26-year-old Spaniard passed his medical exam on Sunday in Madrid.
Morata is returning to the club where he also started playing as a child.
"I'm very happy and proud to be here," he said. "I can't wait to start practicing with my teammates and to start playing."
Morata had his first training session with Atletico on Monday.
He played in Atletico's youth program before joining Real Madrid's academy in 2008. He eventually became a first-team player for Real Madrid and helped it win two Champions League titles.
His links to Real Madrid caused some Atletico fans to protest against the transfer. Part of the crowd attending the team's 2-0 win over Getafe on Saturday criticized Morata's signing.
Financial details of the transfer were not immediately released.
Morata spent a year-and-a-half with Chelsea, his last appearance on Jan. 5 in the FA Cup where he scored both goals against Nottingham Forest in a 2-0 win.
Chelsea was the first big club where Morata was signed as the first-choice striker — he was primarily a backup at Real Madrid and Juventus. He scored seven goals in his first seven competitive games before finding the net only eight times in his final 40 games last season.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri called Morata "a little bit fragile from the mental point of view," and said he needed a new striker to cure Chelsea's shortage of goals. The London team has since brought in Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus.
Morata was not a regular starter under Sarri, and scored five times in the Premier League.
He heads to Atletico at the request of coach Diego Simeone, whose forwards include Antoine Griezmann, Victor "Vitolo" Machin, Nikola Kalinic and Diego Costa. Vitolo and Costa have been out of action because of injuries.
Morata has 27 appearances and 13 goals for Spain. He played in the 2016 European Championship in France, but missed out on the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia because of poor club form.
The striker has 82 goals and 37 assists in his career.
A day before Morata's arrival, Atletico said it agreed to loan Portugal forward Gelson Martins to Monaco for the remainder of the season. Martins has one goal in 12 appearances this season.
Atletico trails Spanish league leader Barcelona by five points. It faces Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League on Feb. 20.
Bologna, Jan 29 (AP/UNB) — Relegation-threatened Bologna has fired Filippo Inzaghi and hired Sinisa Mihajlovic as its new coach.
Bologna made the announcement on Monday, a day after losing at home to Frosinone 4-0.
Inzaghi, the former striker for Juventus and AC Milan, was hired in June.
Mihajlovic's most recent job was with Sporting Lisbon but he was fired nine days after being hired in June and didn't coach a single match.
Mihajlovic, whose contract lasts through the end of the season with an option for next season, previously coached Bologna in 2008-09 for his managerial debut in Serie A.
Mihajlovic has also coached Catania, Fiorentina, Serbia, Sampdoria, Milan and Torino.
Bologna is in 18th place, three points from safety.
St. Petersburg, Jan 29 (AP/UNB) — Maria Sharapova earned her first WTA win in her native Russia for 13 years after beating Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Monday.
In a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Sharapova brushed aside her Australian opponent Gavrilova in the first set. Gavrilova raced to 4-2 in the second but Sharapova won four straight games and closed out the match.
Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her career, and when she has she's never got past the quarterfinals.
Sharapova won her only previous meeting with Kasatkina in straight sets in Montreal in August.
Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva advanced to the second round in St. Petersburg by beating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4.
The 34-year-old Zvonareva returned to the top 100 in the rankings this month after a six-year absence.
Zvonareva will next play either Julia Goerges of Germany or Maria Sakkari of Greece in the second round.
Also, Alison van Uytvanck defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4, setting up a second-round match against fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.