Former West Indies fast bowler Ottis Gibson has been appointed Bangladesh national team bowling coach for two years. He replaces South African Charl Langeveldt who was released by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in December 2019 to serve as coach of South Africa.
Gibson had appeared for the West Indies in Tests and ODIs and had an accomplished First-class and List A career spanning 17 years in which he took over 1000 wickets. Since his retirement as a player in 2007, he has held prominent coaching positions including the Head Coach’s role with the West Indies and South Africa and Bowling Coach of England.
In the recently concluded Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2020, Gibson was the Head Coach of Cumilla Warriors. During the BPL, Gibson had revealed that he was in discussion with the BCB to be appointed as the bowling coach.
“He brings in tremendous experience and has coached or played all over the world. He has also had the opportunity to observe Bangladesh cricket from close. I am sure he will be a very valuable addition to the Bangladesh Team’s coaching group,” BCB CEO Nizam Uddin was quoted as saying in BCB media release about the appointment of Gibson.
Gibson’s assignment with the Bangladesh Team starts immediately as he will join the squad for the Tour of Pakistan 2020. The Bangladesh side is scheduled to depart for Lahore on January 22 at 8pm (Bangladesh time) for a three-match T20 International series. The team will then return to Pakistan in February and April to complete two Tests and an ODI.
Bangladeshi Grand Master (GM) Ziaur Rahman and Tahsin Tajwar Zia earned three points each after the 5th round matches of the 12th Chennai Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament in the Indian city Chennai on Tuesday.
M Jishan Rahman Maleq earned 1.5 points after the day’s 5th round.
In the day’s 5th round matches, GM Zia beat Abhinav Chakrapani Santhalayan, Tahsin Tajwar Zia lost to GM Stupak Kirill of Belarus while Maleq beat Joel Paul Ganta of India.
Hosts Sherpur District Police team emerged champions in the Mymensingh Range T20 Cricket Tournament of Bangladesh Police beating Netrakona District Police team by eight wickets in the final at the local Police Lines ground on Tuesday.
Favoured by coin, Netrakona team batted first and scored 56 runs for the loss of three wickets in a curtailed six-over a-side match
In reply, Sherpur Police team reached their target making 60 runs featuring a hurricane batting by opening batsman Shohag Miah.
Shohag Miah scored an unconquered 36 runs in the day’s final and contributed 131 runs in the tournament with a half century was adjudged man of the match and man of the tournament.
DIG of Mymensingh Range Barrister M Harun-ur-Rashid was the chief guest in the day’s final and later he distributed the prizes.
Four district teams of Mymensingh Range --Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Netrakona and Sherpur-- took part in the T20 format of the tournament.
Bangladesh registered their 2nd consecutive victory in the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa beating Scotland by seven wickets with 200 balls to spare on Tuesday featuring the first hat-trick of the event by left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan.
With the win, Bangladesh came close to making it to the quarterfinals from the group.
In the day’s match, Scotland batted first after winning the toss, but their batsmen failed to justify the decision as they tumbled for 89 all-out in 30.3 overs.
In reply, Bangladesh chased down the target scoring 91 runs for the loss of three wickets in just 16.4 overs.
Bangladesh lost their opener, Tanzid Hasan, in the very first ball of the innings while chasing the easy target. In the second wicket stand, Parvez Hossain Emon and Shamim Hossain added 18 runs.
Shamim fell as the 2nd batsman scoring 10 off nine balls with two fours. Adding 17 runs in the third wicket with Towhid Hridoy, Emon fell for 25 off 15 with two fours and two sixes.
Bangladesh didn’t lose any more wickets. In the fourth wicket stand, Towhid and Mahmudul Hasan Joy added 56 runs to seal the game with 200 balls to spare.
Towhid (17) and Mahmudul (25) remained unbeaten.
The 17-year-old Scotish bowler, Sean Fischer-Keogh, took all three wickets that Bangladesh have lost in the game conceding 27 runs in four overs.
Earlier, Scotland were in big trouble against Bangladeshi bowling attack. Going to bat first after winning the toss, they lost four wickets just in 21 runs and could not recover the early damage.
Captain Angus Guy (11), Uzzair Shah (28) and Jamie Cairns (17) were the only three batsmen to have scored double-digit runs.
After losing five wickets for 52, Scotland suffered another collapse when Rakibul scalped three wickets in three successive balls in the 24th over. It was the first hat-trick of this edition of U-19 World Cup.
Rakibul completed his spell taking four wickets for 20 runs in 5.3 overs and was adjudged the man of the match.
Shoriful Islam and Tanzim Hasan Sakib took two wickets each conceding 13 and 26 runs respectively. Shamim and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury took one wicket each.
Defending champions Palestine will play lowly Seychelles in the first semifinal of the six-team Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football Tournament on Wednesday.
The match will kick-off at 5 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Hosts Bangladesh will play Burundi in the 2nd semifinal on Thursday at the same time and same venue.
Palestine emerged Group A champions with all-win record. The West Asian nation got off a flying start beating hosts Bangladesh by 2-0 goals in the first group match and continued their winning streak beating Sri Lanka also by 2-0 goals in the second group encounter.
Seychelles reached the semifinal as Group B runners-up riding on better goal difference. They conceded 1-3 goals defeat against Group B champions Burundi in their first group match while played a 2-2 draw against Mauritius in the second group match.
On the other hand, Mauritius conceded 1-4 goals defeat against Burundi in their first group match and played to a 2-2 draw with Seychelles in the last group match
On completion of the group affairs, both Seychelles and Mauritius secured one point each. But, Seychelles (goal difference -2) edged Mauritius (goal difference -3) by virtue of better goal difference to book a spot in the semifinal.
Ahead of the match, Palestine Head Coach Daboub Makram said that they have good records against their African opponents.
"We have played against African countries like Tanzania, Sudan, Libya, Morocco and we have good records against them," Makram told a pre-match press conference at BFF house in Motijheel here on Tuesday.
About their preparation, the Palestine head coach said, "We have got a long-time-rest but sometimes the rest made both positive and negative impact. We are focusing on positive things. We have taken as usual preparations. We watch their [Seychelles] two group matches but we are focusing only on our team and to develop the skill of the players. We came here to win the trophy and we have confidence on our players."
Seychelles Head Coach Ralph Jean Louis said, "We are happy to qualify for the semifinal but Seychelles have only one-day rest before the tough game while Palestine have much more rest. It’s difficult for the players as they got tired in the late stage of last game. We have to minimize the fatigues of the players."
"Palestine is very good technically and tactically. We are aware of them. Hopefully it will be a competitive game," Louis added.