Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) — The Bangladesh team will leave for Sri Lanka on Saturday evening in their first assignment after a shocking World Cup campaign.
The Tigers are hoping for positive results in the three-match ODI series to lift up their spirit. The matches are scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.
Captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza and eight other members of the 14-men squad are scheduled to fly to Sri Lanka on Saturday at 12:45pm in the first batch.
Four other players – Anamul Haque Bijoy, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Mithun –playing for Bangladesh A in the one–day series against Afghanistan A team, will go to Colombo on July 22. Another cricketer, Taijul Islam, now in Bangalore with BCB XI, will fly to the island nation on July 23.
Mashrafe, in a pre-series press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday, said both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play the series from the same position.
“The series is really important for us. Our main focus will be to earn some positive results,” he said.
Bangladesh ended the World Cup as the eighth team in the ten-team event.
Mashrafe said it is really a concern that the Tigers did not do well in the World Cup and that this series is an opportunity for them to go back to the positive route.
“I hope everyone’s thinking this way. We’ll come back strongly,” the skipper said.
He acknowledged that it will be difficult to beat Sri Lanka on their home turf. “They’ve a balanced team and played some good matches in the World Cup. I think the series won’t be an easy campaign for us,” he said.
Bangladesh will miss the service of their ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
“Shakib is an integral part of our team and we’ll definitely miss him in Sri Lanka. But at the same time, the series comes as a good opportunity for the player who came as the replacement of Shakib,” Mashrafe told the media.
This series might be the last Sri Lanka tour for Mashrafe as the captain of Bangladesh ODI set-up as the right-arm pacer hinted.
“It seems this is my last tour of Sri Lanka as a member of the Bangladesh team,” Mashrafe said.
Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) - Touring Bangladesh Cricket Board XI played to a draw against Dr DY Patil Cricket Academy in their second four-day match of the ongoing Dr (Capt) K Thimmappaiah Memorial Cricket Tournament in India on Friday.
The Mini Ranji Trophy’s fourth and final day match was held at M Chinnaswamy Stadium located in Bangalore.
Resuming the 2nd innings with overnight score of 274 for 8 in 68.0 overs, Dr DY Patil Cricket Academy, who commenced their 2nd innings Thursday with 25-run lead, were all out for 311 in 71.3 overs giving a tough winning target of 336 runs for BCB XI on the last day.
Naushad Shaikh smashed 108 off 163 balls and night watchman Iqbal Abdullah scored 70 off 55 deliveries for Dr DY Patil CA while Bandgladesh speedster fast bowler Taskin Ahmed grabbed five wickets for 69 and NayeemHasan bagged 2 for 66 for the Bangladeshi side.
BCB XI opened the 2nd innings on Friday afternoon and scored 156 for 3 in 52 overs when the bails were drawn for the 4th and final day to settle for a draw.
Najmul Hossain Shanto and Saif Hasan remained unbeaten at 59 and 21 runs respectively.
Earlier in the first innings, left arm spinner of BCB XI Taijul Islam grabbed six wickets conceding 144 runs to bowl out Dr DY Patil Cricket Academy for 331 in 102.5 overs. Ashay Sardesai smashed 128 runs off 282 balls.
In reply, the BCB XI were dismissed for 306 in 88 overs in their first innings featuring a half century by Kazi Nurul Hossain (87 off 118 balls), conceding a first innings lead of 25.
Mukesh Choudhary picked up three wickets for Dr DY Patil CA while Aquib Qureshi, Sairaj Patil and Naushad Shaikh bagged two wickets each.
BCB XI are now 3rd in the four-team Group B securing 4 points from two matches.
The touring side will now face KSCA Secretary's XI team in their next game beginning on July 22 at the same venue.
Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) — After a successful two-match four-day series, touring Afghanistan A stunned Bangladesh A in the one day series opener on Friday.
Wicketkeeper and opening batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz struck an unbeaten century as the tourists completed a 10-wicket victory.
Bangladesh A won the toss and batted first at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, posting a meagre 201 for eight wickets in 50 overs. The tourists took 43.5 overs to chase the target (202 for none).
Gurbaz struck 105 off 138 with 11 fours and three sixes to guide Afghanistan to a big win while the other opener Ibrahim Zadran remained unbeaten at 85.
Bangladesh A lost four wickets before posting 100 runs, although openers Imurl Kayes (28) and Anamul Haque (19) put up a 52-run stand.
Afif Hossain, the left-handed middle-order batsman, was only to show some batting prowess from Bangladesh team while Farhad Reza added 30 at the lower of the order. Eventually, Bangladesh ended up at 201 for eight wickets in 50 overs.
For Afghanistan, Naveen-ul-Haque and Karim Janat took two wickets each while Fazal Niazai, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Qais Ahmed took one wicket each.
Bangladesh played four national players - Anamul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Mithun - in this match. None of them lived up to the expectations.
While Anamul posted 19, Sabbir scored 15 and Mithun posted only three. Rubel bowled 7.3 overs, conceding 24 runs but failed to take any wicket.
Both teams will face each other in five matches. The other four matches are scheduled for July 21, 24, 27 and 29.
Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh under-19 cricket team won the warm-up game against Young Lions XI by a big margin of 108 runs at the start of their England tour on Thursday at Loughborough.
Young Lions won the toss and opted to bowl first. Bangladesh took the advantage of batting first scoring 259 runs for eight wickets with the help of Shahadat Hossain’s 62. In reply, Young Lions tumbled for 151 in spite of a hard-fought fifty of Luke Doneathy (58).
Bangladesh won the game relying on their tremendous bowling effort. Tanzid Hasan Tamim took four wickets conceding only 11 runs in 7.2 overs while Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Shahin Alam and Avishek Das took two wickets each.
The first three batsmen of Young Lions failed to score any run. Two of them fell prey to Tanzid while Mrittunjoy scalped one.
Earlier, Shahadat struck 62 while Prantik Nowrose Nabil, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Parvez Hossain Emon added 21, 29 and 20 runs for the young Tigers.
After the warm-up game, Bangladesh under-19 will play a tri-series also involving the hosts- England, and India.
Bangladesh will face England under-19 on July 22, India on July 24 and 27, England on July 28, India on July 30, England on August 1, India on August 5, and England on August 7. The top two teams will lock horns in the final on August 11.
London, Jul 19 (AP/UNB) — Zimbabwe was suspended from international cricket on Thursday because of government interference.
The International Cricket Council said it was also freezing all funding to the southern African country, which is a test-playing nation and full member of the ICC.
The ban will be in place until at least October, when the ICC will meet again to reconsider Zimbabwe's status.
Zimbabwe is due to play in World Twenty20 qualifiers in October but its participation is in doubt for that tournament.
Zimbabwe was suspended after the government-run sports and recreation commission removed the cricket board last month and installed temporary leadership. The commission acted after alleging corruption in Zimbabwe cricket but the ICC viewed it as government interference, which is against the world body's rules.
The ICC announced its decision after its board met in London. Zimbabwe's cricket officials must be reinstated within three months for the suspension to be lifted.
"We do not take the decision to suspend a member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference," ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement. "What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked.
"The ICC wants cricket to continue in Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC constitution."
Croatia and Zambia were also suspended while Morocco's cricket body was expelled for continually failing to meet membership criteria relating to the way its finances are organized.
The ICC also introduced changes to its playing rules after a week of meetings at its annual conference.
Concussion replacements will be allowed in international cricket starting from the first Ashes test between England and Australia on Aug. 1. Player replacements must be "like-for-like," the ICC said, and approved by the match referee.
Fines for slow over rates will now be spread among the offending team's players and not just applied to the captain. Captains will no longer be suspended for serious or repeat over rate offenses.
Teams guilty of slow over rates in a world test championship match will have two competition points deducted for every over they are behind the rate at the end of the match.