Dhaka, June 22 (UNB)— Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) held a training session and tournament for street children at the BFF artificial turf in Motijheel on Saturday morning as part of its AFC Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.
Chief Executive Strategist of Coaches Across Continent (CAC) Brian Suskiewicz, along with four coaches of English Football Association (FA) Kevin Richard Coleman, Anwar Uddin, Taffazul Islam and Alena Charlene Moulton, conducted the training session and tournament.
Later, BFF President Kazi Md Salahuddin distributed prizes among the participants as the chief guest. Acting British High Commissioner Kanbar Hossein-Bor was present as the special guest.
Besides, BFF women wing Chairman and FIFA council member Mahfuza Akter Kiron,
General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, BFF Executive Committee members Bijon Barua, Amit Khan Shuvra and Executive Director of Jagoo Foundation Korvi Rakshand were also present.
Earlier, BFF held football training and tournament for Rohingya children under the same programme at Ukhiya camp in Cox’s Bazar from June 17-19.
London, Jun 22 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan ought to be far more inspired than South Africa when they meet on Sunday at Lord's in the Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan still has a chance to climb the standings to the semifinal positions, even though it's a long shot. After South Africa, the Pakistanis play New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Of all four opponents, only Afghanistan is below them.
"Pakistan plays better under pressure," fast bowler Wahab Riaz says.
To soothe critical fans at home after the demoralizing defeat to India last Sunday, he adds, "We will qualify for the semifinals."
Despite the promise, Riaz says the team can't afford to think beyond this Sunday. The next game against New Zealand won't mean as much if they don't beat South Africa.
He says Pakistan has talked openly about its problems: Poor fielding, lack of penetration by the bowlers with the new ball, the lack of big scores by the batsmen.
"Good teams are those that discuss and talk about their mistakes openly to each other and we've done that. We will make up for our mistakes," he promises again.
"We have to lift ourselves. We are each other's strength. We are all good friends and know that only 15 of us can lift the team which not even our family members can do."
He says, apart from the win against England, they have let themselves down in not playing up to standard in the last two matches, defeats to India and Australia.
"Execution of skills is everything," he adds. "They (South Africa) have failed in that aspect like us. In this match, it depends on who handles pressure better and plays better."
Unlike Pakistan, South Africa is all but out. It was telling that after losing to New Zealand on Wednesday and told by a journalist his side was still in semifinals contention, captain Faf du Plessis said, "Are we?"
South Africa would have to win its three remaining games against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and defending champion Australia and hope a lot of other teams don't win a bunch of games, including top-four sides New Zealand, England and India.
Knowing this, and in the emotional aftermath of throwing everything at New Zealand and coming up excruciatingly short, it would be understandable if South Africa is feeling flat.
South Africa has beaten only Afghanistan among five matches and a washout. Injuries have handicapped the bowling attack but it's been the batsmen who haven't performed. Only once has South Africa passed 300, nobody has a century, and there's been only six half-centuries.
Even du Plessis, who is averaging 32 in six innings, blames himself.
"I need to be the leading run-scorer in our batting unit with Quinny (de Kock) probably. That's been happening the last two seasons," du Plessis said.
He isn't though. De Kock leads with 191 at this World Cup, Rassie van der Dussen has 180, then du Plessis with 128. Meanwhile, Australia, England, India, New Zealand and Bangladesh all have players with more than 200 runs.
"I am feeling good, just a case of making those starts, turning them into scores. I know my big score is around the corner. I'm feeling good, hitting the ball nicely. But, yeah, I'm part of the guys not putting enough runs on the board," du Plessis said.
"If you look at our batting unit, we've got some future talent and some promising players, but if you put our top six and you put the other top sixes around the world, purely on a numbers point of view, we won't be in the top three. We're not as experienced perhaps as other teams when it comes to that. We're just not producing scores or innings that can win you games."
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) — Indian captain ViratKohli won the toss and opted to bat first in their fifth game in the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup against Afghanistan on Saturday at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Before heading to this game, India played four matches and came up victorious in three of them. The other game was washed out due to rain.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, played five matches and lost all of them. They are the only team in the World Cup who are yet to find a point.
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, talks to team coach Ravi Shastri as he reads from Afghanistan's team sheet before the start of the Cricket World Cup match between India and Afghanistan at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Saturday, June 22, 2019. Photo: AP
India overlooked Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this match to pave the way for Mohammad Shami who is set to play his first match in this World Cup.
On the other hand, Afghanistan made two changes into their playing XI. They overlooked Noor Ali Zadran and Dawlat Zadran to make the way for Hazratullah Zazai and Aftab Alam.
Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi bowls in the nets during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, June 21, 2019. Photo: AP
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, ViratKohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) - The Star Sports panel of experts for the World Cup is expected to see a shake-up with the BCCI all set to give the stars two weeks to choose between commentary assignments and their official positions with the board and IPL franchises. Even active cricketers, either for India or the IPL, have been barred from being employed as commentators by the broadcasters, reports The Indian Express.
The Indian Express has learnt that the BCCI’s Ethics Officer, D K Jain, in an order passed on an internal conflict-of-interest complaint, has questioned the presence of stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V V S Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and close to 20 other former and current cricketers in the commentary box for the ongoing tournament in England.
It is learnt that Jain ruled that the experts were flouting the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha panel recommendations on conflict of interest as they were holding multiple positions in the BCCI or IPL.
Stressing on the “one person, one position” principle, Jain has ruled that Ganguly, who is the Delhi Capitals mentor, Cricket Advisory Committee member, Star Sports commentator and Cricket Association of Bengal chief, can be seen only in one role.
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) - Ajax Amsterdam have extended coach Erik ten Hag’s contract till the end of June 2022 after he guided the Dutch side to a league and cup double as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League, reports The Indian Express.
“I’m really happy. We had a good season and I want to build on that,” he told the club’s website.
“The results we have achieved so far were fantastic and it will be a hell of a job to repeat them. But we will set ourselves goals and seek to achieve them,” the 49-year-old added.
Ten Hag’s original contract was due to end in mid 2020.
“We are looking forward to the next years with a lot of confidence,” added club director Marc Overmars.
“We think it’s important that after such a successful season the coach stays to work on building on the success.
“That will not be easy, of course, as certain players will leave, but we hope to temper that well. Erik has to create another team to watch out for and we have the confidence he will do so,” he said.
The Dutchman’s young team won a lot of plaudits during their unexpected run to the Champions League semi-finals. En route, they knocked out holders Real Madrid and Serie A Champions Juventus.
Ten Hag took charge of Ajax in December 2017 after the club fired Marcel Keizer.