The maiden Sheikh Russel International Club Cup Tennis Tournament’2019, jointly organised by Khulna District Administration and Khulna Officers Club, begins on Wednesday at Circuit House tennis court here.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the six-day meet through a video conference at 10:30 am from the Gana Bhaban.
A total of 64 tennis players from 18 countries -- 50 foreign players and 14 local players – will take part in the tournament.
Participating countries: USA, Mongolia, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Australia, Cameroon, Tunisia, Italy, India, Pakistan, Britain and hosts Bangladesh.
The budget for the tournament was fixed at Tk 2.90 crore.
Deputy Commissioner of Khulna Mohammad Helal Hossain, who is also Chairman of the Tournament Committee, disclosed the details of the tournament at a press conference at the Khulna Circuit House on Tuesday.
Mayor of Khulna City Corporation Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Advisors of the tournament committee Sheikh Salahuddin Jewel MP and Abdus Salam Murshedy MP were also present on the occasion.
The eight-nation ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup’2019 will begin on Thursday (Nov 14) at three different venues in Cox's Bazar, Savar and Mirpur.
Bangladesh have been placed in Group B along with runners-up India, Hong Kong and Nepal while Group A team comprises defending champions Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Oman.
On the opening day, hosts Bangladesh will play Hong Kong at BKSP (Ground 4), India will play Nepal at BKSP (Ground 3), Sri Lanka will play Oman at the Academy ground of the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground in Cox's Bazar while Pakistan will play Afghanistan at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Main Stadium in Cox's Bazar.
All the matches will kick-off at 9 am (BST).
Hosts Bangladesh will play India on November 16 and Nepal on November 18, both at BKSP (Ground 3) .
The top two teams from each of the group will play semi-finals on November 20 and 21 respectvley while the final will be held on November 23, all at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
BCB announced a 15-member final squad of Bangladesh Emerging Teams on Monday.
Bangladesh Squad : Nazmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Naim Sheikh, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Afif Hossain, Zakir Hasan, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Aminul Islam Biplob, Soumya Sarkar, Tanvir Islam, Mahmud Hasan, Mehede Rana, Sumon Khan, Mahidul Islam Bhuiyan, Abu Hider Rony and Mahadi Hasan.
Khulna Division maintained the top slot in Tier-1 of the National Cricket League (NCL) with 29.96 points after making a draw with Rajshahi Division in the 5th round match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.
Sylhet Division topped the Tier-2 list of the league securing 26.55 points from five matches.
Rajshahi Division vs Khulna Division:
The Tier-1 match between Khulna and Rajshahi Division ended in a draw on the 4th and final day at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.
Resuming the first innings with overnight total of 154 for 4, Khulna posted 201 for all in 73.1 overs. Amit Majumder and Tushar Imran hit 59 and 58 runs respectively while the other batsmen failed to deliver big scores.
All-rounder of Rajshahi Division Farhad Reza, bagged six wickets for 48 runs in 20.1 overs while Mohor Sheikh and Muktar Ali took two wickets each.
In reply, Rajshahi posted 197 runs for 7 in 61 overs before both the captains agreed to call off the match with one hour to play. Avishek Mitra hit 51 while Muktar posted 39.
Veteran spinner Abdur Razzak bagged four wickets conceding 69 runs in 26 overs while Abdul Halim took two.
Brief score: Rajshahi first innings 151/10 in 50.4 overs, Sunzamul 49, Mizanur 48, Rubel 7/51, Abdur Razzak 2/60
Khulna first innings 201/10 in 73.1 overs, Amit 59, Tushar 58, Farhad 6/48, Mohor 2/40
Rajshahi second innings 197/7 in 61 overs, Avishek 51, Muktar 39, Abdur Razzak 4/69, Abdul Halim 2/36
Rangpur Division vs Dhaka Division:
The other Tier-1 match between Rangpur Division and Dhaka Division also ended in a draw at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogura on the 4th and final day on Tuesday.
Resuming their overnight total of 200/5 in 81 overs, Rangpur declared their 2nd innings scoring 271 for 9 in 99 overs. Nasir Hossain, who was on batting with 104, posted 161 runs.
Shahadat Hossain, Salahuddin Shakil, Arafat Sunny and Taibur Rahman took two wickets for Dhaka Division.
In reply, Dhaka posted 176 for 4 before the umpires pull off the stumps on the final day.
Raqibul Hasan, who made fifty in the first innings for Dhaka, remained unbeaten on 80 runs in the second innings.
Mukidul Islam, Alauddin Babu, Rishad Hossain and Nasir Hossain took one wicket each.
Brief score: Rangpur first innings 234/10 in 81.3 overs, Nasir 70, Sohrawordi 57, Tanbir 47, Nazmul 5/65, Shakil 3/56.
Dhaka Division first innings 222/10 in 64.1 overs, Abdul Mazid 52, Raqibul 67, Mukidul 5/37, Alauddin 2/44
Rangpur second innings 271/9 in 99 overs, Nasir 161, Naeem 32, Shahadat 2/24, Sunny 2/36
Dhaka Division second innings 176/4 in 63 overs, Raqibul 80*, Sunny 36, Nasir 1/10, Alauddin 1/20
Dhaka Metro vs Sylhet Division:
The Tier-2 match between Dhaka Metro and Sylhet Division also ended in a draw in Rajshahi.
Resuming on overnight 254/4, Dhaka Metro declared the 2nd innings at 395 for 6 in in 101 overs. Marshall Ayub, who was on batting with 73 runs finally made a century hitting 163.
Enamul Haque Jnr and Alok Kapali took two wickets each.
In reply, Sylhet scored 187 for 4 in 49 overs when the bails were drawn for the final day.
Shanaj Ahmed and Towfiq Khan posted 61 and 75 runs respectively.
Taskin Ahmed bagged three wickets for 24 runs.
Brief score: Dhaka Metro first innings 311/8 (declared) in 83.5 overs, Shamsur 114, Al Amin 69, Rakin 48, Rejaur 5/60, Enamul 85/3.
Sylhet first innings 351/10 in 101.3 overs, Amite 125, Asadullah 59, Alok 32, Rahatul 39, Shahidul 3/63, Sharifullah 3/86.
Dhaka Metro second innings 395/6 (declared) in 101 overs, Marshall 163, Azmir 80, Alok 2/59, Enamul Haque Jnr 2/114
Sylhet second innings 187/4 in 49 overs, Towfiq 75, Shanaj 61, Taskin 3/24
Barishal Division vs Chattogram Division:
The other Tier-2 match between Barishal and Chattogram Division, which lost first three days due to rain, also ended in a draw at Abdur Rab Serniabad Stadium in Barisal.
Barishal won the toss and opted to bat first on day-4 and declared the innings for 70 runs for 3 in 13 overs with Shohag Gazi scoring 44 runs off 30 ball, featuring three fours and four sixes.
Ifran Hossain took two wickets conceding 13 runs.
In reply, Chattogram posted 45 without any loss in six overs before the umpires pulled off the bails for the final day.
Brief score: Barishal 70/3 in 13 overs, Shohag 44, Abu Sayeem 21*, Ifran 2/13
Chattogram 45/0 in six overs, Sadikur 14, Pinak 30*.
Bangladesh Junior Kabaddi team emerged Group C champions to reach the quarterfinals of the First Junior Kabaddi World Cup 2019 beating Chinese Taipei by 48-36 points in their 2nd and last group match at Kish Island National Stadium in Iran on Tuesday.
Now Bangladesh will play Group A runners-up in the 3rd quarter-final on Thursday at the same venue.
Earlier, Bangladesh made a flying start beating Afghanistan by 84-11 points in their first match on Monday.
A total of 13 countries, split into four groups, were taking part in the Junior World Cup, organised by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF).
Group A: Hosts Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkmenistan.
Group B: Pakistan, Denmark, Azerbaijan.
Group C: Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Chinese Taipei.
Group D: Sri Lanka, Iraq and Kenya.
Hosts Bangladesh were eliminated from the first Bangamata Asian Senior Women’s Central Zone International Volleyball Championship after conceding 2nd defeat losing to Nepal by 0-3 sets (7-25, 6-25, 6-25 points) in their 3rd match at Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.
With the 3rd successive win, Nepal reached the final of the five-nation meet. Sunita Khadka of Nepal was adjudged best player of the match.
The final and the 3rd place-deciding match will be held on Thursday (Nov 14) at the same venue.
In the day’s other match, Kyrgyzstan outplayed all-losers Afghanistan also by straight 3-0 sets (25-6, 25-7, 25-15 points) at the same venue.
Earlier, Bangladesh made a flying start beating Afghanistan by straight 3-0 sets (25-9, 25-9, 25-3 points) in the opening match before conceding an straight 0-3 sets (16-25, 25-27, 22-25) defeat against the Maldives in their 2nd match on Sunday.
Bangladesh will play Kyrgyzstan in their 4th and last match on Wednesday at 3 pm while two title-contenders the Maldives and Nepal will also meet each other on Wednesday at 1 pm at the same venue.
After the match, Bangladesh Coach Golam Rasul Mehedi said, “I am not disappointed with the results. Our girls are new, they got their first international exposure through this tournament. They were found nervous and they failed to give their best. I think they’ll display better performances in the ensuing South Asian Games.”