Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Biman Bangladesh National Beach Volleyball Tournament (Men’s and Women’s) under the auspices of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation begins on Saturday at Sugandha point of Cox’s Bazar sea beach.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism AKM Shahjahan Kamal will inaugurate the five-day meet while Deputy Office Secretary of Awami League Barrister Biplab Barua will be the chief guest at the closing function on October 3.
A total of 18 teams -- 10 men’s and eight women’s -- will compete in the tournament.
Men’s participating teams: Power Development Board, Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Jail, Water Development Board, Bangladesh Ansar, Wari Club, Chattogram University, Gopalganj DSA and hosts Cox’s Bazar DSA
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun once again salvaged the Bangladesh innings from a perilous spot, helping the Tigers recover and also go on to post a potentially winning total, despite failing to bat their full complement of overs.
Mushfiq and Mithun’s 4th wicket partnership of 144 runs off 29.2 overs dominated the Bangladesh innings and completed the turnaround from 12/3, against Pakistan in a virtual semifinal of the 14th Asia Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh will be disappointed to have batted just 48.5 overs for their collection of 239/10.
Mushfiq meanwhile will be disappointed at missing out on a 7th ODI century by a whisker, out playing a tired shot on 99 that featured nine boundaries off 116 balls.
Mithun completed his second ODI half century – both in the ongoing Asia Cup and both with Mushfiq partnering him at the other end. Eventually he was out for 60 off 84 balls, including four boundaries.
Mithun was removed from 4th partnership on 156/4 in 33.4 overs as he was caught and bowled by Hasan Ali.
Mushfiq was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed off Shaheen Shah Afridi when scoreboard showing for Bangladesh at 197/6 in 41.4 overs.
Mushfiq and Mithun came together after Liton Kumar Das’s dismissal on 12/3 in 4.2 overs, which was a big blow after opening batsman Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque’s dismissals on 5/1 in 2.5 ovrs and on 12/2 in 3.5 overs respectively.
Mahmudullah Riyad [25 off 31b; 1x4], skipper Mashrafe Mortaza [13 off 13b; 1x6] and Mehidy Hasan Miraz [12 off 11b; 1x4] were other double digit scorers for Bangladesh.
Left-handed pacer Junaid Khan captured four wickets for 19 runs while Shaheen Shah Afridi [2/47] and Hasan Ali [2/60] and Shadab Khan [1/52] shared five wickets for Pakistan.
However, both Mushfiq and Mithun played heroic roles for Bangladesh’s victory of 137 runs against Sri Lanka in the tournament opener where diminutive Mushfiq hit his ODI best 144 and Mithun completed his maiden ODI half century alongside they shared a partnership of 131 off 23.3 overs in the 3rd wicket.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Bangladesh U-18 Women’s Football team reached Bhutan Wednesday afternoon to participate in the six-nation South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-18 Women’s Championship beginning on Friday (Sept 28) at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu.
Earlier, a 30-member Bangladesh team consists of 23 players and seven officials, captained by Mishrat Jahan Mousumi, left Hazrat Shajalal International Airport in Dhaka for Paru International Airport in Bhutan with a target of reaching the final of the newly introduced SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship.
Bangladesh, which was placed in Group B with Pakistan and Nepal, will play Pakistan on September 30 and face Nepal on October 2. India, the Maldives and Bhutan were put in Group A of the meet.
India will play hosts Bhutan in the inaugural match on Friday at 4 pm (local time) while Nepal will encounter Pakistan at 7 pm (local time) at the same venue in the other opening day’s fixture.
Two top teams from each of the group will play in the semifinals on October 5 while the final match will be held on October 7.
Thirteen players of the just concluded AFC U-16 Group F champions Bangladesh team like Maria Manda, Akhi Khantun, Monika Chakma, Tohura Khatun, Anuching Mogini, Anai Mogini, Sajeda Khatun and Shamsunnahar were included in the Bhutan-bound team.
Besides, comparatively senior players like Krishna Rani Sarkar, Sanjida Khatun, Ratna, Swapna, Mousumi who were excluded from the Bangladesh U-16 team due to over age, were also included in the U-18 team.
Bangladesh team finished runners-up in the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship in Bhutan in last August.
Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan in a virtual semifinal of the 14th Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The winner of the Super-Four stage match of the six-nation tournament will be India's opponents in the final on September 28.
There are three changes in Bangladesh’s the best eleven as injured all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who fractured his finger, has been dropped for the day alongside Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Nazmul Islam Apu while top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque and pacer Rubel Hossain got spots to replace them.
Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan brought one change as Junaid Khan replacing Mohammad Amir in their best eleven.
Bangladfesh best XI: Liton Kumar Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mominul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza(captain), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman.
Pakistan best XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.