Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) — Bangladesh stalwart Tamim Iqbal on Wednesday said that mental preparation is the key to win matches in a big event like the World Cup.
He said instead of debating on the selected squad, supporters should back them to be more confident ahead of the biggest cricketing event.
Tamim played the World Cup for the first time in 2007. In that event, he struck a match-winning fifty against India, which helped him earn star-status.
“World Cup is the biggest chance for young cricketers who’ve been included in the squad. Events like the World Cup gives birth to stars,” he told reporters at a hotel in the capital while attending a ceremony of one of the World Cup sponsors - MoneyGram International Inc.
“I think we’ll see many talented cricketers in the World Cup,” he said.
Bangladesh selectors announced the squad on Tuesday. Seven new members have never played in the World Cup. Tamim believes they got the ideal chance to prove their talent but reiterated that mental preparation is most important thing.
“If you practice for 50 days and not prepared mentally, then it won’t help you,” he said.
“We’re lucky because we’re going to England some days ahead of the World Cup which will help us a lot. At the same time, we’ll play a tri-series in Ireland. I think it’ll help me to prepare mentally and physically,” he told the media.
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) – Talking about the World Cup goal, Bangladesh speedster Rubel Hossain has insisted that he wants to finish the tournament as one of the best five bowlers. The World Cup is scheduled to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.
“I have been playing international cricket for a long time now. I have a dream to finish the upcoming World Cup being one of the best five bowlers. I really hope for that,” Rubel said while talking to reporters at the national cricket academy on Wednesday.
“We’ll play as many as nine matches in the World Cup. So, we have a big opportunity to do well. We’ll have some big teams as our opponents. If we can do better against them, it’ll be a memorable World Cup for us,” the right-arm pacer further said.
Rubel has played 12 matches in the World Cup so far. He played for the first time in 2011 when the World Cup took the place in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
Later, Rubel also represented the Tigers in the 2015 World Cup in Australia. He took 13 wickets so far with the best figure of four wickets conceding 53 runs.
He played the pivotal role in the Tigers’ triumph against England in 2015 which had paved the way for Bangladesh’s quarterfinals.
“We have some good memories in the soil of England. We know what we need to do there to get the results in our favour. We’ll have a long time to get prepared for the main event. I’m really hopeful of doing something big this time,” the pacer said.
Dhaka, April 17 (UNB) – Dhaka Division made a good start in the Sheikh Kamal U-20 National Football Tournament beating Rangpur Division by 2-0 goals in one of the two opening day’s matches at the Bir Shrestha Munshi Abdur Rouf Stadium in Narail on Wednesday.
Shohan put Dhaka Division ahead in the 10th minute while Jashim confirmed the victory adding one more goal in the 91st minute.
In the day’s other match at Sankar Gobindha Chowdhury Stadium in Natore, Chattogram Division played to a 1-1 draw with Rajshahi Division.
After a barren first half, Parvez scored for Chattogram Division in the 53rd minute while Ashraful neutralized the margin for Rajshahi Division in the 58th minute.
Dhaka, April 17 (UNB)- The 6-time Bangladesh Professional Football League champions Dhaka Abahani Limited split points with Indian I –League champions Minerva Punjab in a 2-2 draw in their 2nd Group E match of the AFC Cup 2019 at the floodlight Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Nabib Newaz Ziban and Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu scored one each for the traditional sky-blue Dhanmondi outfit while skipper Mahmoud Al Amna and Sreyas Valiyaveettu Gopalan scored for touring Indian side Minerva Punjab.
The day’s other Group E match between Chennaiyin FC of India and Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal was in progress at the time of filing this report, goalless after 41 minutes.
Abahani which are very much serious for a victory against Minerva Punjab for their dream first-ever 2nd round berth of the prestigious Asian meet after beating Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi Club 1-0 in group opener in Kathmandu on April 3, made a consolation draw to keep their top slot in four-team group intact with unbeaten run.
Minerva Punjab, which won just four matches from 19 encounters in the I-league 2018-19, started their AFC Cup 2019 campaign with a goalless draw against compatriots Chennaiyin FC at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad, also on April 3.
In the day’s match at BNS, Minerva Punjab took 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. Syrian skipper Mahmoud Al Amna netted the first goal for the Indian team, utilizing a cross of forward Lalmuanpuia Samuel (1-0).
But rampant Abahani continued their attacks and got a quick-relief in the 19thminute. Local boy Nabib Newaz Ziban levelled the margin for the Dhanmondi outfit from an exceptional pass by Haiti-recruit Kervens Belfort (1-1).
Punjab booters recovered quickly and came back soon into the game. Both of the teams continued their attacks. Abahani missed several chances to double the score.
In the 42nd minute, a misstep by Abahani defenders handed another success to Punjab. This time, forward Sreyas Valiyaveettu Gopalan, who replaced midfielder Harminder Singh in the 40th minute, doubled the score for his side (2-1).
Abahani then got second success in the 48th minute. Nigerian Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu levelled the score for the hosts from a direct free-kick by veteran defender Waly Faisal (2-2).
However, this was the first ever meeting between Dhaka Abahani and Minerva Punjab in AFC Cup. Abahani, won one of the six home matches in the AFC Cup, may register their second victory.
Dhaka Abahani First XI: Shahidul Alam Sohel (GK & C), Raihan Hasan, Nabib Newaz Ziban, Waly Faisal, Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu, Masih Saighani, Kervens Belfort, Wellington Priori, Rubel Miya, Sohel Rana, Md Atiqur Rahman Fahad
Minerva Punjab First XI: Bhaskar Roy (GK), Omolaja Nurain Kareem, Mahmoud Al Amna (C), Kalif Alhasan, Lalmuanpuia Samuel, Robert Primus, Akashdeep Singh, Souvik Das, Makan Winkle Chothe, Harminder Singh, Amandeep Singh
Remaining Group E Fixture of AFC Cup:
April 30: Chennaiyin FC vs Dhaka Abahani- 7:30 (BST)- India
May 1: Minerva Punjab vs Manang Marshyangdi Club- 6:30 (BST)- India
May 15: Dhaka Abahani Ltd. vs Chennaiyin FC- 7:00 (BST)- Bangladesh
May 15: Manang Marshyangdi Club vs Minerva Punjab- 3:00 (BST)- Nepal
June 19: Dhaka Abahani Ltd. vs Manang Marshyangdi Club- 5:45 (BST)- Bangladesh
June 19: Minerva Punjab vs Chennaiyin FC- 6:30 (BST)- India
June 26: Minerva Punjab vs Dhaka Abahani Ltd.- TBC- India
June 26: Manang Marshyangdi Club vs Chennaiyin FC- TBC- Nepal
Dhaka, April 17 (UNB) – The ICC Cricket for Good, in partnership with UNICEF, has announced ‘One Day for Children’ campaign, bringing together one billion cricket fans to help build a better world for children.
OneDay4Children will use the power and reach of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 to help children learn play and be healthy. The money raised will support UNICEF’s work for children in cricket playing nations across the world.
The campaign will climax at the England vs India match at Edgbaston on June 30. The #OneDay4Children match will be special, with the players, the sell-out crowd and global audience all playing a part in the celebrations.
Edgbaston will turn blue whilst players will support the campaign with special one off #OD4C branded kit. Celebrities and legends of the game will also join the action.
This edition of the World Cup will run from May 30 to July 14. The semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham on July 9 and 11 respectively while Lord’s will host the final on July 14.
Ten teams will play against each other in a single-league format and the top four sides will qualify for the two semi-finals.
OneDay4Children ambassador Nasser Hussain and England all-rounder Chris Woakes launched the campaign Tuesday. There will be #OneDay4Children activity throughout all 48 matches.
“This is our most ambitious charity project to date and we know that cricket’s one billion fans will come together to help build a better world for every child,” said David Richardson of the ICC.