Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – The 3rd Gemcon Professional Golf Tournament 2018, organized by Bangladesh Professional Golf Association, will kick off at Kurmitola Golf Course in the city on Sunday.
A total of 77 leading golfers of the country alongside 10 amatuer golfers will compete in the 10-lac prize-money tournament, sponsored by Gemcon Group.
The closing and prize distribution ceremony of the tournament will be held on Thursday (Nov 22) at Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka Cantonment.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) team clinched the Exim Bank 28th National Men’s Handball crown beating Bangladesh Police by 25-17 goals in the final at Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Saturday.
This was the border frontiers’ eight consecutive national titles after clinching national crown for 19 times as Bangladesh Rifles. Bangladesh Air Force lifted the only other title in 1988.
The winners led the first half by 11-5 goals in the day’s final.
Mehidy Hasan scored seven goals, Sagar and Emdad netted four goals each for the winners while Chinu Mong scored five and Russell Chakma netted four for the losers.
Mohammad Robiul of Ansars & VDP was adjudged the best player of the tournament while Tarequl Rahman of BGB named as the best player of the final.
President of Bangladesh Insurance Association Sheikh Kabir Hossain was the chief guest in the day’s final and later distributed the prizes among the winners.
Director of the meet’s sponsor Exim Bank Col (retd) Sirajul Islam was also present as a special guest.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Ansar Handball team finished 3rd in the meet beating Bandarban District by 40-27 goals after leading the first half by 11-5 goals at the same venue Saturday afternoon.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – Touring West India team will start their campaign in Bangladesh taking on BCB Eleven in a two-day first warm-up match beginning on Sunday at MA Aziz Stadium in the port city.
The match will kick-off at 9:30 am (Bangladesh time).
Earlier, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 13-member BCB Eleven to play the two-dayer against the Caribbean team naming national pacer Rubel Hossain as the captain.
Earlier, two Bangladeshi umpires—Gazi Sohel and Tanvir Ahmed—have been enlisted as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Panel Umpire to conduct international matches.
They received through e-mail message from the ICC on Saturday morning in this regard. They will also get an opportunity to conduct some Bangladesh-West Indies matches of the ongoing series.
Meanwhile, newly appointed ICC enlisted panel umpire Gazi Sohel will conduct the West Indies-BCB X1 two-day match beginning in Chattogram on Sunday with another ICC panel umpire Masudur Rahman Mukul.
BCB X1 : Rubel Hossain (Captain), Soumya Sarker, Zakir Hossain, Mizanur Rahman, Fazle Mahmud Rabbi, Ebadat Hossain Chowdhury, Sadman Islam, Nazmul Islam Shanto, Nayeem Hasan, Shafiul Islam, Robiul Haque, Mohamamd Mithun and Rishad Ahmed.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan has returned to the national squad to lead Bangladesh in the first Test against touring West Indies after recovering from his figure injury.
The world famed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan joined the training session earlier this week after a month-long rehabilitation program, following complications with the injury that he sustained in January this year.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday announced 13-member squad for the first Test against Caribbean beginning on Thursday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium of Chattogram also including opening batsman Soumya Sarkar and teen aged off-spinner Nayeem Hasan.
Soumya played last Tests more than a year ago while Nayeem was added to Bangladesh Test squad in last January. Nayeem was recalled to the squad for achieving top wicket-takers' position in the NCL, the first-class tournament that concluded last week.
Five cricketers -- Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Jayed Rahi, Shafiul Islam and Nazmul Islam Apu—were dropped from the previous 15-man squad that played against Zimbabwe.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu said that Shakib was fit but needs game time under his belt while Soumya was picked to resolve Bangladesh's Test opening conundrum with Tamim Iqbal, who is still recovering from a side-strain.
“He (Shakib) has no physical problem currently, but he is short of match fitness. As he is a senior player, we think that he is ready,” Minhajul said adding, “Soumya also has done well in the NCL. Our openers have failed to perform their best in Tests, so we want to give him another chance as Soumya plays fast bowling quite well.”
Liton, Shanto, Jayed, Shafiul and Nazmul have all been dropped as the selectors wanted a smaller Test squad and as well as to enable the players to play in the first class cricket and Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) scheduled to begin next week.
Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed and Naeem Hasan
Milan, Nov 17 (AP/UNB) — A year after its stunning elimination by Sweden in a World Cup playoff, Italy is back at the San Siro stadium for another potentially decisive match.
The Azzurri have to beat Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal on Saturday and then hope the European champion does not defeat Poland three days later in order to reach the UEFA Nations League finals.
"We would like to advance, and we'll try to, but the No. 1 objective remains qualifying for the European Championship," coach Roberto Mancini said on Friday.
Portugal leads Group 4 with a perfect six points, Italy has four, and Poland one.
The group winner advances to the Final Four in June. Poland is already assured of finishing last in the group and will be relegated to League B.
Mancini was hired after previous coach Gian Piero Ventura was blamed for Italy's failed World Cup qualification.
"I see a team that wants to roll its sleeves up and bring Italy back where it belongs," Mancini said. "Let's be clear, we still need some time, but we're on the right path."
Defender Giorgio Chiellini is slated to make his 100th appearance for Italy while wearing the captain's armband.
"I want to celebrate the achievement only at the end of the match," Chiellini said. "First let's focus on Portugal, try to bring home three points and provide continuity to the good work done to this point."
Chiellini retired from the national team in the aftermath of the loss to Sweden but then changed his mind.
"The real disappointment came in June when many of my club teammates left for Russia while I was preparing my suitcases for vacation," Chiellini said.
Fellow defender Alessio Romagnoli left Italy's squad on Friday with a muscular injury, and Italy is also without forward Federico Bernardeschi.
Bernardeschi was a key performer in the 1-0 win over Poland last month, lining up alongside Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa.
Unable to use the same lineup, Mancini announced that Ciro Immobile will likely start at center forward.
Italy has had trouble scoring.
The last time the Azzurri scored more than one goal was in May, a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in a friendly , while the last time they accomplished the feat in a competitive match was in June 2017, a 5-0 victory over Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier.
Italy next plays the United States in a friendly in Genk, Belgium, on Tuesday.
Mancini announced Chiellini, Alessandro Florenzi, Jorginho and Insigne would be sent home after the Portugal game and Gianluca Mancini and Moise Kean would be called up from the under-21 side.
Mancini and Chiellini both expressed disappointment that Ronaldo, who is taking a break from the national team, isn't with Portugal.
"It's always great to face the best players," Mancini said. "Anyhow, Portugal remains a great squad even without Cristiano."