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.
Manchester, Sep 26 (AP/UNB) — Jose Mourinho has stripped Paul Pogba of the Manchester United vice captaincy, but wouldn't offer an explanation for the decision.
Mourinho insisted that it wasn't because of a dispute with the World Cup-winning France midfielder who returned to United in 2016 for 105 million euros (then $116 million).
Mourinho told broadcaster Sky Sports that "the only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain any more but no fallout, no problems at all."
Mourinho added that it was "just one decision that I don't have to explain." Pogba had appeared to criticize United's style of play under Mourinho this weekend when he called on the team to attack more.
Pogba watched from the stands Tuesday as United was knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier side Derby.
Rome, Sep 26 (AP/UNB) — Former Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi's injury-plagued career has another negative turn with a positive doping test.
Italy's anti-doping agency Nado Italia announced on Tuesday that Rossi will stand trial next week after testing positive for an eye drug that can be used as a masking agent.
The anti-doping prosecutor is seeking a one-year ban.
The test was taken in May while Rossi played for Genoa at the end of the last Serie A season.
The New Jersey-born Rossi is currently out of contract.
Dorzolamide, the substance that Rossi tested positive for, is not banned when administered with eye drops but Rossi told anti-doping authorities that he did not use eye drops when he was questioned twice, in June and July.
"I've always been clean. This case should obviously be dismissed. The positive test is due to an involuntary food contamination," Rossi said in a statement that his agent, Andrea Pastorello, provided to the ANSA news agency.
Rossi added that he could not say exactly what food or drink could have contained Dorzolamide but that the documentation provided to anti-doping authorities demonstrated that the doping was not intentional.
Genoa coach Davide Ballardini was quick to defend his former player.
"I hold few certainties in my life but among them is that Giuseppe Rossi has never used a banned substance," Ballardini said.
The 31-year-old Rossi was born in the United States but played for Italy from 2008-14. His career has been slowed by a series of knee injuries.
After breaking out with Spanish club Villarreal, Rossi was in line to join the elite scorers in Europe when he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during a game against Real Madrid in October 2011. He needed three operations before returning in May 2013 after joining Fiorentina.
Rossi also missed four months of the 2013-14 season with a sprained ligament, ruling him out of Italy's World Cup squad.
Rossi underwent a fourth operation on his troublesome right knee in September 2014 and missed the entire season. He returned to Spain in January 2016 with Levante, before joining Celta, where he tore the ACL in his left knee.
Rossi joined Genoa in December on a free transfer and scored one goal in 10 matches over the second half of last season.
Dubai, Sep 26 (AP/UNB) — Amnesty International is accusing a contractor involved in building a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup of not paying its workers.
The rights group released a report Wednesday that alleges engineering firm Mercury MENA owes thousands of dollars of wages to workers from countries where most live on less than $2 a day.
The workers from India, Nepal and the Philippines worked on marque projects for the upcoming World Cup, including Qatar's Lusail Stadium, which will host the opening and closing matches of the tournament.
Qatar's Labor Ministry in a statement said, "while Mercury MENA no longer operates in Qatar, legal matters will continue and we will conduct a full investigation." Mercury MENA did not respond to a request for comment.
Dhaka, Sept 25 (UNB) – Viqarunnisa Noon School & College clinched the girls title and Sunnydale School lifted the boys title of the Polar Ice Cream 25th School Handball (Boys & Girls) Tournament eliminating their rivals in the finals at the Shaheed (Capt) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Tuesday.
Chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) Abdur Rahman was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later he distributed the prizes. Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) Syed Shahed Reza was the special guest on the occasion.
Viqarunnisa Noon School & College clinched the girls crown outplaying Scholastica Uttara by 9-1 goals after dominated the first half by 4-0 goals in the final Tuesday afternoon.
Sadia scored six goals for the winners in the final to be adjudged the best girls player of the tournament while Ritu Porna netted the lone goal for the losers.
In the boys group, Sunnydale School emerged champions defeating Narinda Govt. High School by 32-21 goals after leading the first half by 13-8 goals in the day’s final Tuesday afternoon.
Bijoy contributed seven goals, Irfan six for the winners while Yesin netted six and Jubair five goals for the losers. Later, Irfan named as the best player in boys group of the tournament.
Besides, Residential Model School & College finished 3rd in the boys group beating Shaheed Police Smriti College by 22-16 goals while Sunnydale School became 3rd in the girls group defeating Shaheed Anwar Girls College by 9-3 goals in the place deciding match at the same venue on Tuesday.