Bangladesh right-arm pacer Shahadat Hossain Rajib has requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to reduce his ban, allowing him to restart his career at the domestic circuit.
The 32-year-old has been serving a five-year ban, with two years suspended, for assaulting a teammate during the last season of the National Cricket League.
"I have applied to BCB to reduce my ban. I want to play cricket for a living," Shahadat told UNB.
"My mother has been suffering from cancer. If I can make a comeback to competitive cricket, I will be able to pay her medical bills."
On Saturday, Shahadat went to the National Academy ground to bowl, but the pacer was asked to leave as he is banned from participating in any sort of cricketing activities.
Shahadat played his last competitive game in November 2019. He played for the national team last time in 2015 against Pakistan.
He is the only Bangladeshi bowler to have taken a five-wicket haul at Lord's.
Shahadat represented the Tigers in 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is and bagged 72, 47, and four wickets. He has four five-wicket hauls in Tests, the most by a Bangladeshi pace bowler.
The Tigers are looking forward to starting outdoor practice at Christchurch ahead of the three-match ODI and three-match T20 series against the hosts from March 20.
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal said this through a video message sent to the media by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday.
The Tigers are now maintaining an eight-day strict quarantine in the hotel. They are only allowed to come out of their rooms for 30 minutes a day.
Tamim said, "It is tough for us to stay in a single room for a week. However, it is necessary to maintain it considering the bigger health safety."
"We are all are good. However, we have to accept that maintaining a strict quarantine is important."
Once the quarantine period ends, the team will be allowed to take the field for practice. Before that, all the members of the Bangladesh team including support staff will have to undergo a Covid-19 test.
Those who will return negative will be allowed to take part in team practice sessions.
"The first one or two practice sessions might be difficult for us as we are going to take the field after a break. I think the scenario will change after a few sessions. If everything goes fine, we can hit the gym from the day after tomorrow," Tamim said.
This series will be Tamim's first foreign tour as a full-time captain. He had earlier toured Sri Lanka as a stand-in captain for a three-match ODI series, but the Tigers lost all three games against the Lankans.
"We can do well. If we can perform according to our plan, we will have a good chance to win against any team. This is what we believe as a team," Tamim said.
He added: "We have been passing almost 23 hours a day in a single room, watching TV shows and movies on the OTT platforms. However, the authority has installed a fitness-bike in each room so that the cricketers can work on their fitness."
The first ODI of New Zealand tour will take place on March 20 in Dunedin at the University of Otago Oval and the second one will be played at the same venue on March 23.
And the last ODI will take place on March 26 in Wellington's Basin Reserve. The first and last ODI will kick off at 4am and the second one at 7am (Bangladesh time).
The three-match T20 series will be played on March 28, 30 and April 1 in Hamilton's Seddon Park, Napier's McLean Park, and Auckland's Eden Park. The first match will start at 7am and the last two at 12pm.
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Tamim Iqbal will lead Bangladesh in the ODIs while Mahmudullah Riyad will play the same role in T20s.
Bangladesh played 35 ODIs and seven T20s against New Zealand and won 10 ODIs.
However, none of the victories came for Bangladesh in New Zealand. The Tigers are yet to win a T20 international against the Blackcaps.
The much-awaited Bangladesh vs New Zealand limited-overs series will kick off from March 20. The visiting side – Bangladesh will play three ODIs and the same number of T20 matches against the host New Zealand. Team tigers have never won a match against the Blackcaps in New Zealand. Bangladesh lost all 26 matches they played against the Kiwi side in New Zealand. So, Bangladesh team management will be eager to seal a victory in New Zealand especially in the ODI format. On an individual level, some records can be broken during the contest. In this edition, we mentioned a few expected milestones both Bangladesh and New Zealand players can achieve during the series.
Soumya Sarkar needs 265 and Kiwi lower middle-order batsman Mitchell Santner requires 76 more runs to complete 1,000 ODI runs.
Tim Latham will complete 3000 ODI runs if he scores at least 304 runs in the series.
Veteran Ross Taylor will become the first New Zealand player to score 9,000 ODI runs if he scores 426 more runs during the 3-match ODI contest.
Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taskin Ahmed are in touching distance to scalp 50 wickets in ODI format. Miraz needs 3 wickets, while Taskin is 4 wickets shy to reach the milestone. On the other hand, Kiwi spinner IS Sodhi requires 7 more wickets to complete 50 ODI wickets.
Veteran New Zealand pacer Tim Southee can reach the 200 ODI wickets milestone if he takes 10 wickets during the series.
Tim Latham is only 1 match shy to complete 100 ODI appearances.
Soumya Sarkar needs 115 more runs to complete 1,000 T20I runs.
Kiwi captain Kane Williamson requires 212 runs and Ross Taylor needs only 91 runs to reach 2,000 runs milestone in the T20I format.
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult needs 9 wickets, while Bangladesh pacer Al Amin Hossain is 7 wickets away to complete 50 T20I wickets milestone.
Veteran Ross Taylor will complete 50 catches in T20I if he takes 4 more catches for the national side.
Tamim Iqbal will become the second Bangladeshi player after Mushfiqur Rahim (379) to complete 350 international appearances for the tigers if he plays 4 matches in the series.
Kane Williamson needs to play two matches and Tim Southee will have to play three more matches to complete 300 international appearances for the Blackcaps.
Mitchell Santner will have to play at least 5 matches during the series to complete his 150 international appearances for New Zealand.
Veteran Martin Guptill has to take 9 more catches to reach 100 international catches milestone.
James Neesham needs 6, while Henry Nicholls and Liton Das require 7 more catches each to complete 50 international catches.
Liton Das only needs 4 dismissals to complete 50 dismissals in the international circuit.
Ross Taylor is only 138 runs shy to complete 18,000 international runs.
Tamim Iqbal has to score 431 more runs to become the first Bangladeshi player to reach 14,000 international runs milestone.
Tom Latham needs 212 runs to complete his 7,000 international runs.
Liton Das will complete his 3,000 international runs for Bangladesh if he scores 190 runs in the series.
All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain requires 104 runs to complete 1,000 international runs.
Trent Boult needs 14 more wickets to complete 500 international wickets milestone.
Pacer Rubel Hossain will complete his 200 international wickets milestone if he takes 10 wickets in the series.
Kiwi spinner IS Sodhi needs 5 more wickets to complete 150 scalps in the international circuit.
All-rounder James Neesham requires 7 more wickets to complete his 100 international wickets for the Blackcaps.
Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin needs only 2 more wickets to complete 50 wickets in the international arena.
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal has signed an agreement with Seven Rings Cement to promote the company as its brand ambassador.
Hong Kong-based Shun Shing Group is the mother company of Seven Rings Cement which produces, markets and transports cementitious materials to local and international markets.
After signing the agreement with Seven Rings Cement, Tamim said: "I am very proud to be associated with Seven Rings Cement which is the only cement company that has three cement factories in three different places in Bangladesh."
The southpaw added: "I am also proud to know that Seven Rings Cement is exporting cement to different countries."
Seven Rings Cement's Director Tahmina Ahmed said, "We are delighted to have Bangladesh national cricket team captain Tamim Iqbal as our brand ambassador."
Tahmina signed the agreement on behalf of the company.
Seven Rings' Director and CEO Raihan Ahmed, Director Saif Rahman, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary Md Kausar Alam, and other officials including various department heads were also present on the occasion.
Ireland Wolves are trailing by 127 runs in their second innings after day two of the unofficial Test against the hosts at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
The tourists were batting at 35 for four in 20 overs at the end of the day's play on Saturday. Harry Tector and Curtis Campher remained unbeaten for two each.
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Left-arm spinner Tanvir Islam, who bagged five wickets in the first innings for Bangladesh Emerging Team, has taken three wickets in the second innings so far while right-arm fast-bowler Ebadot Hossain scalped one.
Earlier, in the first innings of the match, Ireland posted 151 in 67 overs after choosing to bat first, winnings the toss.
Curtis Campher scored 39 runs for Ireland in the first innings, but no other batsmen were able to cross the 20-run mark.
For Bangladesh, Tanvir took five wickets conceding 55 runs in 22 overs while Saif Hassan – Bangladesh captain in the game – took two wickets and Ebadot also took two.
In reply, Bangladesh posted 313 runs in their first innings riding on 92 of Yasir Ali. Saif (49), Tanzid Hasan (41) and Mahmudul Hasan Joy (42) also did well with the bat.
Mark Adair and Graham Hume took three wickets each for Ireland.
Both teams will play three one-dayers at the same venue on March 5, 7 and 9. And they will travel to Dhaka to play the last two ODIs and two T20s which will take place on 12, 14, 17 and 18.