Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) — Comilla Victorians captain Steve Smith is flying back to Australia in the middle of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) due to a hand injury.
He is set to return to Australia on Thursday at 10:45pm to see doctors, the team said in a statement. Smith will take a MRI test in Australia. He might return to play the rest of the matches if the test shows him to fit enough.
Smith was out of action during the morning practice session on Thursday. He took part in the running session but skipped batting practice.
Victorians coach Mohammad Salahuddin said the day’s practice was “an optional affair.” “So, Smith decided to skip batting today. But I think he will be available in the next practice session,” he said, without revealing anything about the captain’s injury.
Smith joined the Victorians under a special deal. It was prohibited to add a player outside the player’s draft but Victorians roped him in breaching this rule. Bangladesh Cricket Board later changed the rule.
It is yet to be announced who will lead Victorians in Smith’s absence.
Victorians played two matches in BPL so far and lost one of them. Smith batted in both matches but failed to impress as he had gotten out for 16 and 0 respectively.
Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) – Mahadi Hasan Alve of Bangladesh reached the boys’ singles semifinal of the ITF Asian U-14 Development Tennis Championship beating Aarav Huda of Nepal by 7-5, 7-6 (1) in the quarterfinal held in the Thai capital of Bangkok on Thursday.
In place-deciding matches, Zubaid Utsho (BAN) beat Jigme Norbu (BHU) 4-1, 5-3 while Md Roman Hossain (BAN) defeated Cristano S. De Silva (MAC) by 4-0, 4-0.
In the girls’ singles quarterfinals, Mashfia Afrin (BAN) lost to Maria Breidy (LBN) 0-6, 0-6 and Suborna Khatun (BAN) conceded defeat to A Pasonva (KGZ) 2-6, 0-3 (retired).
In the girls’ singles place-decider, Sadia Afrin (BAN) beat Sonam Chuki Dorji (BHU) 4-2, 4-1 at the same venue on Thursday.
Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) – The governing body of the 6th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Thursday rescheduled the match timings of the franchise-based league matches with effect from next Saturday (January 12).
As per fresh schedule, the first match will kick-off at 13:30 hours in place of 12:30 hours while the 2nd match will begin at 18:30 hours instead of 17:20 hours from Saturday to Thursday.
But the Friday’s matches will follow previous timing to start at 14.00 hours and 19:00 hours respectively.
However, the league fixture will remain unchanged.
The fresh scheduled of play for two matches on weekdays
1st Session 13h30 - 15h00
2nd Session 15h20 - 16h50
1st Session 18h30 - 20h00
2nd Session 20h20 - 21h50
The scheduled hours of play for matches on Fridays only
1st Session 14h00 - 15h30
2nd Session 15h50 - 17h20
1st Session 19h00 - 20h30
2nd Session 20h50 - 22h20
Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) - Comilla Victorians are seeking to bounce back when they play against Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at 7pm on Friday.
The Victorians lost their second match of the ongoing BPL to Rangpur Riders by a big margin of nine wickets after a poor batting display.
They started their BPL with a hard-fought win against Sylhet Sixers but failed to live up to the expectations against the Riders. But now, they are looking forward to beating the Kings on Friday.
“In the last match, we failed to take the advantage of the wicket. That was the main reason behind our loss. But we’re capable of bouncing back in the next match,” Mohammad Salahuddin, coach of the Victorians, told reporters on Thursday.
The local players of the Victorians like Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Anamul Haque are yet to show their capability in the tournament which seems to be their main concern. But Salahuddin is upbeat about their performance.
“We saw that the local guys played the important role during the previous seasons of BPL, but they’re yet to display their strength in the ongoing tournament,” Salahuddin said.
“They’re not doing well, and obviously, it’s a matter of concern. But I believe they will adapt as quickly as possible,” he added.
On the other hand, the Kings kicked off their BPL mission losing to Dhaka Dynamites on the opening day of the league. But they bounced back strongly against Khulna Titans when Mehidy Hasan Miraz hit the first fifty as a local player in the tournament.
“It was nice to win the second match since we failed to do same in the first one. Now we have to look forward to bringing the confidence in the next matches,” Mehidya Hasan said after beating Khulna in the last over on Wednesday.
Madrid, Jan 10 (AP/UNB) — Real Madrid avoided the upset this time, beating Leganes 3-0 on Wednesday to move closer to the last eight of the Copa del Rey.
After being eliminated by Leganes in the competition's quarterfinals last season, Real Madrid cruised to a first-leg victory at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Sergio Ramos netted his 100th career goal to put Madrid ahead, and Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior added to the lead.
"It's a great result, having scored the three goals and not conceding any," Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez said. "But we know anything can happen, we saw what they did to us last year."
Leganes had stunned its Madrid neighbor with a win at the Bernabeu nearly a year ago, but now it will need an even greater feat next week at home to pull off another shocker.
"We have to be realistic, it's going to be very difficult now," Leganes midfielder Ruben Perez said. "But we will fight until the end."
The victory eased some of the pressure on Santiago Solari's team, which had not won a game in 2019. Madrid was coming off a 2-2 draw at Villarreal and a 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad in the Spanish league, where it trails leader Barcelona by 10 points.
In front of a small crowd at the Bernabeu, Leganes had the better chances to open the scoring before Ramos broke the deadlock by converting a 44th-minute penalty, that was awarded after right back Alvaro Odriozola was brought down inside the area.
Vazquez scored the second in the 68th after a pass by Vinicius Junior, who 11 minutes later sealed the victory with a neat volley after a cross by Odriozola.
Leganes' main threat came from former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite, who was making his debut with the Spanish club.
Ramos, Casemiro and Karim Benzema were the only regular starters in Madrid's starting lineup. Young winger Brahim Diaz entered the match in the second half after being signed from Manchester City on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wasn't in the squad after being diagnosed with a muscle injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for about 10 days.
Leganes couldn't use goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and young midfielder Oscar Rodriguez because they are with the club on a loan from Madrid.
Despite playing with Antoine Griezmann for nearly an hour, Atletico Madrid couldn't manage more than a 1-1 draw at Girona.
Griezmann opened the scoring less than 10 minutes into the match but Anthony Lozano equalized for the hosts in the 34th.
"Both teams had chances of winning this match," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.
Simeone wasn't on the bench because he was serving the last of a three-game suspension for a rant during a Copa match against Sevilla last season.
The teams had drawn by the same score in their league match in Girona earlier this season.
The second leg is next Wednesday at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.
In other first-leg matches, Getafe defeated visiting Valladolid 1-0 with a stoppage-time goal by Angel Rodriquez, while Villarreal scored twice in the last 10 minute to salvage a 2-2 home draw against Espanyol.
On Thursday, four-time defending champion Barcelona visits Levante.