Dhaka, July 16 (UNB)- Mohammedan Sporting Club upset their arch-rivals and holders Dhaka Abahani Limited by 4-0 goals in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football after four years at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Tuesday.
Mohammedan defeated Dhaka Abahani for the last time in 2015.
Forward Taklis Ahmed scored two goals for Mohammedan SC while Malian forward Souleymane Diabate and captain Zahid Hasan Amilie scored one goal each.
With day's well-merited victory, Mohammedan advanced to the 9th slot from 10th securing 20 points from 20 matches while Dhaka Abahani Ltd. remained at the 2nd slot with previous credit of 51 points from 22 matches, seven points behind the league leaders Bashundhara Kings.
Mohammedan dominated the first half by 2-0 goals as forward Taklis Ahmed scored twice in the match.
In the 16th minute, Taklis netted his first goal utilizing a pass from Souleymane Diabate (1-0).
Then, Taklis doubled the margin for Mohammedan in the stoppage time, from a pass by captain Zahid Hasan Amilie (2-0).
Dhaka Abahani got another blow while Malian forward Souleymane Diabate extended the lead 3-0 in the 50th minute.
Abahani created some good chances with their attacking football, but managed to convert any goal due to lack of dependable finishers.
In the 66th minute, forward-cum-captain Zahid Hasan Amilie fired the net from a pass by Diabate and registered the fourth goal for the traditional black and white Mohammedan (4-0).
In their first-leg match, the popular sky-blue Dhanmondi based outfit defeated Mohammedan by 3-0 goals at the same venue on February 28.
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) — Anamul Haque Bijoy, the right-handed top-order batsman, is eager to utilise the Sri Lanka tour to seal his place in the national team.
He was included in the national squad after a year.
“I was waiting for this day. Now, my main focus will be to perform well. As a cricketer, I always believe that performing well is the best thing I can do for the team,” Anamul told UNB on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old is currently playing for Bangladesh A against their Afghan counterparts. In the first four-day match, Anamul struck a ton while batting at number four.
This innings could have prompted the selectors to consider him for the upcoming series. At the same time, the absence of Liton Das, who is on leave for personal reasons, also played a role in opening the door of the national team for Anamul.
“Recently, he (Anamul) struck a ton for Bangladesh A. We hope he’ll be able to replicate the performance. We were also considering Imrul Kayes but his recent performance is not up to the mark,” Minhajul Abedin, the chief selector of BCB, told the media on Tuesday.
Anamul last played for the national team in 2018 during Bangladesh’s West Indies tour but failed to impress with the bat as he returned 0, 23 and 10 in three matches. His poor performance cost him a place in the team.
The right-handed batsman kicked off his international career in 2012 against West Indies in Khulna. He struck a ton in his second ODI. But he has since failed to perform consistently.
Despite getting several chances last year, Anamul disappointed to live up to the expectation. But this time, he is keen to make his inclusion counted.
Anamul played 37 ODIs till date and scored 1,038 runs with three fifties and as many centuries with the best innings of 120 against West Indies.
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) — Right-handed batsman Anamul Haque Bijoy and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam were included in the 14-member squad announced on Tuesday ahead of the Sri Lanka tour.
They have been called back to replace Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das, who will miss this series for personal reasons.
Anamul recently hit a ton for Bangladesh A in a four-day game against Afghanistan A in Khulna. Taijul took eight wickets in an innings for BCB XI in Mini Ranji Trophy in India against Vidarbha Cricket Association XI.
Anamul last played an ODI back in 2018 during Bangladesh’s West Indies tour. He played 37 ODIs till date and scored 1,038 runs with three fifties and as many centuries.
The last time Taijul played an ODI was in 2016 during Afghanistan’s Bangladesh tour. He has so far played four ODIs and scalped five wickets with the best figures of five for 11.
However, BCB overlooked right-arm pacer Abu Jayed Rahi who was in the last ODI squad.
“Anamul recently struck a ton for Bangladesh A and Taijul did well in India, this is why we have considered them for Sri Lanka tour,” Minhajul Abedin, the chief selector of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“We tried not to make many changes in the team. This series is very important to us. We will play this series keeping a win in mind,” Minhajul added.
This will be Tigers’ first campaign after the world cup where they finished eighth.
Bangladesh expected to reach the semifinals but inconsistency in performance ended their hopes. However, Shakib’s performance was one of the best in the tournament.
Bangladesh will fly to Sri Lanka on July 20.
14-member squad: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman.
London, Jul 16 (AP/UNB) — Expecting the first 500 total in limited-overs history, Cricket World Cup organizers reprinted the scorecards that are sold to fans at venues in England. The original designs only went up to 400.
Then in the week after the tournament began, the British weather turned cold and wet. The flat, dry pitches that had been like strips of batting paradise for three years turned soft and tacky, and bowlers came back into the reckoning.
No team got close to setting a batting record. There were only four totals above 350, topped by England's 397-6 in a mismatch against Afghanistan.
Yet at the climax of the 46-day saga, in the craziest and most dramatic final ever , it was batsmen and their biggest hits that determined the champion on a sunny Sunday evening at Lord's.
Tied after 100 overs, and tied again after the first ever Super Over — a sequence of six extra deliveries for each team — what finally separated England and New Zealand after 8 hours, 45 minutes of a slow-burning final was England slapping 26 balls either to or over the boundary compared with New Zealand's 17.
Having dismissed England for 241 in reply to their own 241-8, the Kiwis didn't raise the issue of wickets being the logical tiebreaker. They graciously accepted that the rules were the rules. But no rules are set in stone, and the International Cricket Council ought to correct them. Coach Gary Stead suggested the trophy be shared next time.
Different rules came into the spotlight Monday when Simon Taufel, a five-time world umpire of the year, pointed out that the on-field umpires erred in the last over of the regular game in awarding six runs to England, including the four accidentally deflected from Ben Stokes' bat , instead of five. And Stokes should not have been on strike for the next delivery. Taufel said the "error of judgment ... influenced the game" but not the outcome.
That was one of England's two late strokes of luck. Nine balls earlier, Stokes was caught on the boundary by Trent Boult, but the New Zealand fielder's momentum made him step back onto the boundary pads. Instead of Stokes being dismissed, he got six runs.
England, the No. 1-ranked side and pre-tournament favorite, saved its best until last in the round robin, also. At self-inflicted risk of missing the semifinals, England's last two group matches against India and New Zealand became knockouts. England won both convincingly and got its swagger back. Then defending champion Australia was beaten in the semifinals, and New Zealand was edged in the final to salvage a four-year mission to take advantage of home conditions and win the World Cup title for the first time.
England's legacy in the home of cricket is shaky. Cricket's popularity has been on the wane in England for years. Sport England says the number of people aged over 16 who play cricket at least once in two weeks has fallen by 20% in the last three years.
Most of the current team was inspired by England's drought-breaking triumph in the 2005 Ashes series against Australia. But that was the last time the England men's team was on domestic free-to-air television until Sunday, when Sky TV agreed under pressure to share the final with a domestic broadcaster. Viewership peaked at 8.3 million, comparable with the 2005 Ashes.
Unfortunately, the rest of the tournament was broadcast locally on pay TV and mainly on the inside of the sports pages, especially while the Women's World Cup of soccer was drawing millions of British eyeballs to England's run to the semifinals.
English cricket compensated by marketing the men's tournament to British Asians, who backed their teams, packed stadiums, booed Aussies pair Steve Smith and David Warner, and generated much of the best atmosphere. They also wrought the question of why has Pakistan been playing its home internationals in silent solitude in the United Arab Emirates, and not in England?
Those relentlessly upbeat fans also made up for the lack of variety that teams from Scotland, Zimbabwe, and Ireland once offered the global tournament, until they were given little hope of qualifying. Slashing the teams from 14 to 10 was supposed to reduce mismatches and increase competitiveness, but the tournament became predictable quickly.
The semifinalists were established less than a quarter of the way in. Only at the halfway stage were the top four threatened when England couldn't chase down Sri Lanka's 232-9 in Leeds. That defeat suddenly gave hope to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The next week marked the tournament's high point until the playoffs: Mohammed Shami's last-over hat trick for India to snuff out Afghanistan, Boult catching Carlos Brathwaite on the boundary to rob the West Indies, Australia's Jason Behrendorff taking a maiden five-for to hand England a third group-stage loss, Pakistan's Babar Azam smashing New Zealand with an unbeaten century, and bees forcing South Africa, Sri Lanka and the umpires to lay faces down in Chester-le-Street.
Sport craves underdog stories, but it seemed nobody could deliver.
Afghanistan came to win "three or four games" but didn't win any. Meanwhile, Gulbadin Naib was better at bicep posing than being a captain, and all-time leading scorer Mohammad Shahzad found out he was being sent home by reading a tournament news release for what he called a minor knee strain.
But no team was more disappointing than South Africa, which missed the playoffs for only the second time.
The West Indies didn't have a Plan B for the short ball, and suffered from carrying Andre Russell, who could hardly stand, and Chris Gayle, who could hardly walk. Pakistan waited too long to start Shaheen Afridi, Sri Lanka was too dysfunctional, and Bangladesh didn't provide enough support for the amazing Shakib al Hasan. Australia came unglued by untimely injuries, and India was cruising in the tournament until it slumped to 5-3 just 19 deliveries into its chase of New Zealand in the semifinals.
For all of New Zealand's nice guy persona, it had a mean streak. Without posting 300, New Zealand lulled the West Indies, South Africa and India into a false sense of security, and gunned them down in the last over.
The lasting image of the tournament was going to be the New Zealanders commiserating with a crestfallen West Indies allrounder Brathwaite, after his attempted six to win was caught by Boult inside the boundary.
Instead, the lasting image will remain of England celebrating with the trophy, because New Zealand didn't quite push the boundaries enough.
Wellington, Jul 16 (AP/UNB) — Plans for an official ceremony to welcome home the New Zealand cricket team after its dramatic World Cup final loss have been deferred because of "logistical complications."
Efforts were being made to organize an official welcome and possibly a parade for the team which lost the World Cup final to England on a count-back of boundaries after the game and then a so-called "Super Over" finished tied.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said while the players were overwhelmed by the support they have received, a homecoming ceremony "would not be feasible given the players' different post-tournament arrangements."
"We've been in conversations with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson and are mindful of the Prime Minister's enthusiasm for a welcome-home celebration," White said.
"At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it's just not practical."
White said he hoped to organize "something appropriate in the weeks to come."
While New Zealanders were eager to honor the performance of the team, White said, the players "were just as keen to have the chance to publicly express their own appreciation and gratitude."