Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan on Tuesday said some people are conspiring to destroy the image of Bangladesh cricket abroad and instigating the country’s top cricketers to stand against the board.
The BCB president came up with the remark in an emergency press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the city.
“We’ve seen what they (cricketers) demanded. We’re shocked because they never came to us with these demands before. Had they come to us we would have accepted all the demands,” Nazmul told the media.
On Monday, top Bangladeshi cricketers, including national stars like Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad, came up with 11-point demand, and they said they will abstain from all cricket activities until the demands are met by the authorities.
“We guess this step of the cricketers is just to destroy the future of Bangladesh cricket. We know who’re involved in these activities. You all will come to know it soon. We just don’t find any reason behind stopping playing cricket,” Nazmul further told the media.
“I’m shocked because they didn’t come to me with their demands. I’ve personal contacts with them. They keep asking for help on various issues all the times. But I don't know why they didn’t come to me for this. We’ve given Tk 24 crores as bonus to the top 15 cricketers. So, their stance came to me as a surprise,” he further said.
Nazmul went on saying, “Instead of sharing the problems with us, they told the media. And as a result, the whole world is thinking that Bangladesh cricket in serious trouble. ACC (Asian Cricket Council), ICC (International Cricket Council) and other member boards are calling me since they called the strike. It’s just ruining our image across the world. They just wanted to send out this message to the world, and I’ve to admit they’re successful in their mission.”
In their 11-point demand, the cricketers asked for salary hike in the First-class cricket and increasing facilities for the First-class cricketers. At the same time, they urged for bringing back the open-transfer system in club cricket so that the cricketers can choose their teams in the domestic circuit.
“I think, most of the cricketers don’t know why they actually called the strike. I just find it as an attempt to destroy the upcoming tour of India. I don’t believe they’ve gone on strike only for money. We’ve hiked their (centrally contracted players’ top grade) salary from Tk one lakh to Tk 4 lakh. If it is required to raise the payment for the First-class cricket, we’ve to talk about this,” Nazmul told reporters.
The BCB president also said the board is trying to contact the players to resolve the issue but the players are not responding to their phone calls and messages.
The BCB, however, opted to continue its cricket calendar of the ongoing National Cricket League (NCL) and the practice camp of the national team ahead of the India tour. Bangladesh are scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests in India next month.
“We’ll continue arranging matches and national team practice camp. Let’s see who come to join and who deny it. If they deny joining the matches and camp, we’ll take action accordingly. We need to find out who’re trying to destroy Bangladesh cricket. We’ll ask the cricketers to play. If they deny, it’s up to them,” Nazmul added.
Paris, 22 Oct (AP/UNB) — Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d'Or award. But not Neymar.
When the long list of 30 candidates was announced Monday — in the city where Neymar has played for more than two years at Paris Saint-Germain — the Brazil star's name was missing from the nominations by a global voting panel of journalists.
Messi and Ronaldo's 10-year grip on the individual award organized by France Football magazine was broken by Luka Modric last December.
Modric is also absent one year after he swept the Ballon d'Or and FIFA best player awards after a stellar 2018 with Real Madrid and Croatia.
World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe is favored to add a Ballon d'Or to her FIFA award won last month.
The United States star is joined on a 20-woman list by teammates Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan. Defending her title is Ada Hegerberg, winner of the inaugural women's award, from Europe's dominant club team Lyon which has six nominees.
Neymar has twice placed third in Ballon d'Or voting, both times finishing behind Messi and Ronaldo. Moving out of Messi's shadow in Barcelona, where they won a Champions League title together in 2015, has not delivered the personal acclaim Neymar sought.
Messi won his sixth FIFA award last month, edging Van Dijk who starred in Liverpool's Champions League-winning team.
Van Dijk would be the first defender topping the poll since Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
The Liverpool center back was among seven teammates nominated, including Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino. They also won the Copa America with a Brazil team that managed without an injured Neymar.
Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum also figured in the five nominees from a resurgent Netherlands team. No Dutch player has won since Marco van Basten in 1992.
Liverpool forwards Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah are among a six-strong African challenge, including Mané's Senegal teammate, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The only Asian player on the list is South Korea forward Son Heung-min of Champions League finalist Tottenham.
The awards ceremony is Dec. 2 in Paris.
Sergio Agüero (Argentina, Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal), Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Frenkie De Jong (Netherlands, Ajax/Barcelona), Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands, Ajax/Juventus), João Félix (Portugal, Benfica/ Atlético Madrid), Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atlético Madrid/Barcelona), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, Napoli), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (France, Tottenham), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Manchester City), Sadio Mané (Senegal, Liverpool), Marquinhos (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Kylian Mbappé (France, Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus), Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester City), Son Heung-Min (South Korea, Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (England, Manchester City), Dusan Tadic (Serbia, Ajax), Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany, Barcelona), Donny van de Beek (Netherlands, Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands, Liverpool), Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands, Liverpool).
Kosovare Asllani (Sweden, Linköpings/Tacon), Sarah Bouhaddi (France, Lyon), Lucy Bronze (England, Lyon), Pernille Harder (Denmark, Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway, Lyon), Amandine Henry (France, Lyon), Nilla Fischer (Sweden, Wolfsburg/Linköpings), Tobin Heath (United States, Portland Thorns), Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden, Montpellier/Tacon), Sam Kerr (Australia, Perth Glory/Chicago Red Stars), Rose Lavelle (United States, Washington Spirit), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany, Lyon), Marta (Brazil, Orlando Pride), Lieke Martens (Netherlands, Barcelona), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal), Alex Morgan (United States, Orlando Pride), Megan Rapinoe (United States, Seattle Reign), Wendie Renard (France, Lyon), Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands, Arsenal/Atletico Madrid), Ellen White (England, Manchester City).
Tokyo, 22 Oct (AP/UNB) — The inevitable question of the tiebreaker was posed to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen ahead of the Rugby World Cup semifinal against England.
The two countries met in a contentious Cricket World Cup final in July that went to England on an unprecedented and quirky countback regulation after the game and a so-called Super Over were tied.
If the Rugby World Cup knockout games are tied after extra-time, followed by sudden-death extra-time — or first scorer wins — then outcomes will be decided by a place kicking shootout.
"Have we prepared for that? We know those are the rules, so yes," Hansen said. "You'd be foolish if you hadn't prepared for it, but I would be highly surprised if after 80 minutes, then 10 minutes each way (extra time), then sudden-death extra-time ... that someone hasn't scored some points. But funnier things have happened.
"I don't know if they got the cricket one right really."
The New Zealand cricket team won a lot of praise from fans of the game around the world for the way they reacted to the heartbreaking outcome, despite taking more wickets than England in the regulation overs. The International Cricket Council has subsequently scrapped the boundary countback tiebreaker for future tournaments.
All Rugby World Cup matches to date have been decided within normal or extra-time, but there's provision for a shootout that would involve five players from each team taking place kicks.
Under the rules, a coin toss would be made and the winner would decide which team kicks first, or from which end of the field the kicks are taken.
The five kickers from each team must be on the playing field at the end of the extra, extra-time period to be eligible for the shootout, which would be taken in a sequence from three positions on the quarter-line — in front of goals, and from 15-meters in from the touchline on the left and right sides.
New Zealand had the best goalkicking percentage in the group stage with 84 percent accuracy, although with 23-man squads the calculations on who takes the kicks could get complicated. Veteran lock Sam Whitelook wasn't really aware of the rules when he was asked Tuesday, but fellow second-rower Scott Barrett reckoned he would be a good choice if one of the All Blacks forwards was required to step up to the tee.
"Depending on injuries. ... I'm sure there'd be a few backs first," he said. "We'd have to be quite short (of options). Out of the forwards, I'd definitely back myself, sure."
He wouldn't even be the first option in his family, if a place kicker was needed.
There were three Barrett brothers in the All Blacks' 23-man squad for the quarterfinal win over Ireland last weekend. Beauden Barrett is usually a flyhalf but is playing fullback for New Zealand, and Jordie Barrett is a utility back. Both are regular goalkickers.
Scott and Beauden Barrett are roommates this week — for the first time since 2002, apparently — so if there's any kicking advice required, it'll come from close to home.
"It's quite nice to have a key driver of our game to be rooming with and chat about stuff to prepare for this game," Scott Barrett said.
Sheffield, 22 Oct (AP/UNB) — Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 loss at promoted Sheffield United on Monday in the Premier League, upping the pressure on coach Unai Emery after another performance void of creativity and flair.
Lys Mousset took advantage of poor defending from a corner to tap in from close range in the 30th minute and Arsenal never came close to an equalizer despite fit-again striker Alexandre Lacazette making his return from an injury in the second half.
The loss means Arsenal missed a chance to go third in the standings, remaining in fifth instead, while Sheffield climbed to ninth after its first home win since Aug. 18.
"We limited them to few chances and backed up a good performance with a good result," Sheffield manager Chris Wilder said. "We wanted to make sure if we played well against a top side we got something from the game and three points is a great reward for the players."
With playmaker Mesut Ozil once again left out of the squad completely by Emery, Arsenal struggled to create chances throughout the game — and the one good opportunity the visitors did create was wasted by the club's record signing Nicolas Pepe, who missed from a few yards out after a cross from Sead Kolasinac. Defender Sokratis appealed for a penalty when his shirt was pulled in the area, but referee Mike Dean waved play on.
Emery threw on attacking midfielder Dani Ceballos, Lacazette and Brazilian teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli in the second half, but the Gunners still couldn't create a single chance to score.
Right-back Calum Chambers had a half-chance when the ball fell to him in the area, but his shot was deflected out for a corner.
Ranchi, 22 Oct (AP/UNB) — India took just nine minutes on day four to wrap up the third and final test against South Africa and complete a first-ever 3-0 series whitewash over the Proteas with an innings and 202-run victory on Tuesday.
Resuming at 132-8 in its second innings, South Africa added one run off 10 balls before debutant Shahbaz Nadeem took the final two wickets off consecutive deliveries to give India a record victory over South Africa.
In the second over of the day, Nadeem (2-18) had concussion substitute batsman Theunis de Bruyn (30) caught behind. Next ball, he caught Lungi Ngidi in a bizarre fashion as the ball ricocheted off the non-striker Anrich Nortje.
Umesh Yadav finished with 3-40, while Mohammed Shami (2-22) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-19) picked up a brace each.
"The whole team had (an) amazing mind set throughout," said Indian skipper Virat Kohli. "It has been a brilliant series for us. To be the best side in the world, you need to be multi-dimensional. "
"Spin was always an asset for us and batting was never a problem. Fast bowling was very good and we held our catches well. It's great to operate in such a manner."
India scored 497-9d in their first innings, on the back of Rohit Sharma's 212, his maiden test double hundred, and Ajinkya Rahane's century as part of a record 267-run fourth-wicket partnership.
Sharma finished with 529 runs in the series, with three hundreds. It was the highest aggregate for an Indian batsman against South Africa in a test series.
"I would like to thank the team management for the opportunity (to open)," said Sharma, who was named man of the match and series. "You need discipline to face the new ball. It is a threat anywhere in the world.
"Once I was in, I could play my game and that's what I have done. Getting the big scores will give me confidence moving forward."
South Africa was then bowled out for 162 runs with India, for the second consecutive test, enforcing the follow-on.
The tourists slim hopes of salvaging anything from this series were effectively dashed as India's seamers again dismantled its batting order to have the Proteas at 132-8 when bad light stopped play Monday.
It was South Africa's joint third-biggest innings' defeat in test cricket, and second consecutive loss by more than an innings. The last time South Africa lost two consecutive tests by an innings margin was against Australia in 1935-36.
"Be it in batting, bowling or even fielding, we were dominated across the series," said Proteas' skipper Faf du Plessis. "The mindset was to be prepared for the spin attack. But the pitches were fantastic and India's seamers were outstanding throughout the series."
India won the first test in Visakhapatnam by 203 runs, before victory by an innings and 167 runs in the second test in Pune gave it an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the series.
India continued their dominant run as the world's number one test side and has now picked up full points from each of their five matches in the world test championship. They are top of the table with 240 points.