Dhaka, July 16 (UNB)- League leaders Bashundhara Kings on Tuesday beat Brothers Union FC by 5-0 goals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari.
Defender Mohammad Ibrahim opened the account for Bashundhara in the 31st minute and striker Mohammed Motin Mia made his hat-trick scoring three goals in the 39th, 48th, 67th minutes respectively while midfielder Sheikh Alamgir Kabir Rana netted the fifth and final goal.
Bashundhara Kings maintained their top slot in the ongoing BPL league collecting 58 point from their 20 matches while Brother Union slipped to the 12th slot from 11th with their previous collection of 16 points from 20 matches.
In day’s another match, Muktijoddha Sangsad KC played a 1-1 draw with Arambagh Krira Sangha at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj.
After the barren first half, Cameroonian striker Paul Emile Biyaga scored the first goal for Arambagh KS in the 66th minute while Guinean defender Yamoussa Camara leveled the margin for hosts Muktijoddha SKC in the 84th minute (1-1).
Arambagh KS earned 27 points from 21 matches while Muktijoddha SKC gained 22 points from 20 encounters.
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) — Anamul Haque Bijoy, the right-handed top-order batsman, is eager to utilise the Sri Lanka tour to seal his place in the national team.
He was included in the national squad after a year.
“I was waiting for this day. Now, my main focus will be to perform well. As a cricketer, I always believe that performing well is the best thing I can do for the team,” Anamul told UNB on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old is currently playing for Bangladesh A against their Afghan counterparts. In the first four-day match, Anamul struck a ton while batting at number four.
This innings could have prompted the selectors to consider him for the upcoming series. At the same time, the absence of Liton Das, who is on leave for personal reasons, also played a role in opening the door of the national team for Anamul.
“Recently, he (Anamul) struck a ton for Bangladesh A. We hope he’ll be able to replicate the performance. We were also considering Imrul Kayes but his recent performance is not up to the mark,” Minhajul Abedin, the chief selector of BCB, told the media on Tuesday.
Anamul last played for the national team in 2018 during Bangladesh’s West Indies tour but failed to impress with the bat as he returned 0, 23 and 10 in three matches. His poor performance cost him a place in the team.
The right-handed batsman kicked off his international career in 2012 against West Indies in Khulna. He struck a ton in his second ODI. But he has since failed to perform consistently.
Despite getting several chances last year, Anamul disappointed to live up to the expectation. But this time, he is keen to make his inclusion counted.
Anamul played 37 ODIs till date and scored 1,038 runs with three fifties and as many centuries with the best innings of 120 against West Indies.
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) — Right-handed batsman Anamul Haque Bijoy and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam were included in the 14-member squad announced on Tuesday ahead of the Sri Lanka tour.
They have been called back to replace Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das, who will miss this series for personal reasons.
Anamul recently hit a ton for Bangladesh A in a four-day game against Afghanistan A in Khulna. Taijul took eight wickets in an innings for BCB XI in Mini Ranji Trophy in India against Vidarbha Cricket Association XI.
Anamul last played an ODI back in 2018 during Bangladesh’s West Indies tour. He played 37 ODIs till date and scored 1,038 runs with three fifties and as many centuries.
The last time Taijul played an ODI was in 2016 during Afghanistan’s Bangladesh tour. He has so far played four ODIs and scalped five wickets with the best figures of five for 11.
However, BCB overlooked right-arm pacer Abu Jayed Rahi who was in the last ODI squad.
“Anamul recently struck a ton for Bangladesh A and Taijul did well in India, this is why we have considered them for Sri Lanka tour,” Minhajul Abedin, the chief selector of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“We tried not to make many changes in the team. This series is very important to us. We will play this series keeping a win in mind,” Minhajul added.
This will be Tigers’ first campaign after the world cup where they finished eighth.
Bangladesh expected to reach the semifinals but inconsistency in performance ended their hopes. However, Shakib’s performance was one of the best in the tournament.
Bangladesh will fly to Sri Lanka on July 20.
14-member squad: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman.
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) – Bangladesh’s premier archer Mohammad Ruman Shana was eliminated from men’s recurve single in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics Test Event at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Shana conceded a 3-7 defeat to Sultan Duzelbayev of Kazakhstan in the round of 32 of the men’s recurve single.
Archer Ruman Shana and the German Coach of Bangladesh Archery team Martin Frederick will return home on July 19 (Friday).
Earlier, the 24-year-old Bangladeshi archer scored 662 to finish 10th among 67 archers in the ranking round on July 12 at the same venue.
The Olympics Committee organised the “Tokyo 2020 Test Event-Ready Study Tokyo” as part of the preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games.
Ruman Shana, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 on merit basis, took part in the event to improve his performance and skills ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
Shana also won the first-ever bronze medal in the World Archery Championship last month at s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.
Commerce City, Jul 16 (AP/UNB) — James Olayinka had a goal and an assist to lead Arsenal past the Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids 3-0 in a friendly on Monday night.
Olayinka's sizzling right-footed strike in the 29th minute came from just outside the box as he scored into the upper-right corner of the net to give the English Premier League team a 2-0 lead.
Olayinka assisted on Arsenal's opening score. He pushed the ball into the box where Bukayo Saka found it and lifted it into the net in the 13th minute. The third score came just after halftime from Gabriel Martinelli in the 61st minute. It was Martinelli's debut after joining Arsenal from Ituano earlier in the month.
"I'm really pleased with our effort," Colorado Rapids interim coach Conor Casey said. "We had chances but they're a great team at the end of the day it was just about the atmosphere."
In front of a near sellout — many of them cheering the visitors — Arsenal controlled the match.
"The first match was good to use different young players," Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. "To give them chances to show their quality, commitment and the idea to help the team. The atmosphere here was perfect, a lot of Arsenal supporters and we had a good day here."
This was the first preseason match for Arsenal ahead of the 2019-20 season as they embark on a three-game exhibition tour. Monday's match was the only one against an MLS club.
Olayinka's score was huge sign for the club. The 18-year-old developed through Arsenal's academy and signed with the first team in January. He has yet to play in the Premier League. He represents a big hope as Arsenal finished fifth in the EPL last season.
Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard was kept out of the game as the club limits his minutes in his final season. Howard spent the second half doing color commentary on local radio. Recently, Howard has done commentary for TNT during its Champions League coverage.
"It's important, this relationship is massive for our club and fan base," Howard said on the broadcast about the game. "The fact that we can attract this is massive."
While the third-year Rapids goalie is new to broadcasting, he said of his younger teammates playing, "The experience of playing against such a talented side is eye opening."
Arsenal stars Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Özil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang entered the game in the 78th minute. Each got rousing ovations and drew reactions from the crowd in the final 10 minutes when generating opportunities.
The Rapids only played six regulars the entire 90 minutes as they played an MLS match on Saturday.
Rapids' 17-year-old midfielder Cole Bassett grew up an Arsenal fan. The Littleton native played the first 45 minutes and had one scoring chance. His time was limited because of how much recent time he has had in league play.
"It was a nice experience," he said. "I just tried to show my stuff and maybe one day I'll get to that level."
United States Women's National Team players Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh were in attendance. The two soccer stars and world champions are Colorado natives. They were honored at halftime in front of the crowd as Colorado's governor Jared Polis declared July 15th U.S. Women's National Team Day in the state.
"You could feel it in the air walking in," Casey said. "The energy of a full house. So many important people who are a part of pushing this sport and this club forward. Just a great night to take part of this and come together as a group."
Arsenal heads to Los Angeles to face Bayern Munich on Wednesday in an International Champions Cup match.
"The idea was to play with youngsters today. Wednesday we'll use some different players," Emery said. "Our preparation here is very important. The club is working very well, our idea is to continue creating."
The Rapids continue MLS play on Saturday at home against NYCFC.