Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Tigers opted to bat first in the first ODI of UCB Bangladesh–Zimbabwe Series 2018 as Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur here on Sunday.
Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Ariful Haque and Abu Haider Rony have been dropped from the squad as 30-year old Fazle Rabbi debuts for Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe will field leaving Richard Ngarava, Solomon Mire, John Nyumbu, Wellington Masakadza and Tarisai Musakanda.
In their previous 69 ODI encounters, Bangladesh registered 41 victories against 28 losses.
Though Zimbabwe skipper touted the visitors as ‘favourite’ in an interview, Bangladesh remains a formidable opponent at home soil winning five of the last six series except one against England in 2016.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Liton Kumar Das, Imrul Kayes, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad, , Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Abu Hider Rony, Saifuddin and Fazle Rabbi.
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Cephas Zhuwao, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Brandon Mavuta, Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board on Saturday unanimously approved a new qualification pathway for its showpiece event, the men's 50-over World Cup, at the conclusion of a week of meetings in Singapore.
From 2019, a new simplified 50 over league-based qualification structure for the Men’s Cricket World Cup (CWC), will be introduced that will see the amount of cricket played as part of the Road to India 2023 rise to 372 matches across a 2-3 year qualification period, said ICC media release.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, “To date the World Cricket League has played an important role in improving standards in Associate Member cricket, but feedback from our consultation with Members clearly articulated the need for more frequent playing opportunities and greater certainty over when they would be playing.”
“The new structure significantly increases the number of matches and competitive playing opportunities for our Members as well as shortening the whole qualification process to two and a half years, when previously it was six. There is a clear pathway now for teams looking to qualify for the Men’s CWC.
“T20, which is our global growth vehicle, already has a qualification structure in place and by removing the participation fee and lowering the entry levels we’re making it even easier for more Members to qualify in the future.”
A full overview of the new structure for Men’s CWC qualification:
There will be three leagues - CWC Super League, CWC League2 and CWC Challenge League -for qualification.
A total of 13 teams, including 12 full members and Netherlands will play in the CWC Super League, involving 156 matches in a two-year period where each team will play 24 matches, will begin from May 2020.
In the CWC League2, seven associate members ranked from ranked from 14 to 20 in the current World Cup League (WCL) structure will play 126 matches - each team will play 36 matches - within a period of two and a half year, starting from July 2019.
A total of 12 associate members ranked from ranked from 21 to 32 in current WCL structure, split in equal two groups, will take part in the in the CWC Challenge League, where 90 matches will be played with each side playing 15 matches apiece within a period of two-year, starting from May 2020.
Top seven team and host nation of the host of CWC Super League will straight go to the CWC 2023.
Bottom five teams of CWC Super League have to join with top three teams of the CWC League2 to play in the 10-team CWCQ in 2022.
The bottom four teams from CWC League2 and each group winners from six-team CWC Challenge League will play in the six-team CWCQ Play-Off stage from where top two teams will progress into 10-team CWCQ in 2022.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team took 1-0 lead in the two-match Youth Test series against host Sri Lanka having a 13-run victory in the first Test, which ended on day-four at Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo on Saturday.
Having 309 runs, the young Tigers’ resumed the second innings with overnight score of 18 for 1 and a lead of 39 runs, but Sri Lankan bowlers fought back in the early morning by taking wickets in regular intervals as Bangladesh finished on 115 for all in 45.2 overs, setting up a target of 137 for the hosts.
To defend a low total, Sahin Alam and Rakibul Hasan equally shared six wickets for Bangladesh’s win, restricting Sri Lanka on 123/10 in 43.3 overs in the second innings.
Shamim and Shoriful picked up one wicket each for the winning side.
Bangladesh U19 1st innings: 309/10 in 96.1 overs; Amite Hasan 64, Towhid Hridoy 54, Prantik Nawroz Nabil 45, Shamim Hossain 43, Tanzid Hasan 42, Chamindu Wijesinghe 4/68.
Bangladesh U19 2nd innings: 115/10 in 45.2 overs [overnight 18/1 in 9 overs], Akbar Ali 42, Shamim Hossain 19, Ashian Daniel 4/19, Rohan Sanjaya 3/43.
Sri Lanka U19 2nd innings: 288/10 in 113 overs; GS Dinusha 100, ND Paranavithana 40, Towhid Hridoy 3/55, Rakibul Hasan 3/79.
Sri Lanka U19 2nd innings: 123/10 in 43.3 overs; Chamindu Wijesinghe 29, GS Dinusha 24, Sahin Alam 3/31, Rakibul Hasan 3/34, Shamim Hossain 1/10, Shoriful Islam 1/23.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) – Bangladesh will take on visiting Zimbabwe in the first ODI of a three-match day-night series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
The match will begin at 2:30pm Bangladesh time and the Tigers’ fans have already known that they are going to miss the displays from dashing opener Tamim Iqbal and talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the series as both are sidelined from squad due to injury.
Despite not having two senior dependable players, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza expressed optimism before the start of the series as he said, “We are confident. We hope for the win.”
The inspirational captain informed that his boys took preparation in a way that they can covour the gap what shaped in absence of Tamim and Shakib.
“It is known to all that Tamim and Shakib will not with us. So, we have preparation to face the challenges without them,” Mashrafe was talking at pre-match press conference at the match venue on Saturday.
Mashrafe assured to form the best possible eleven and hopped the boys, who will get chance into eleven, will have opportunities to prove themselves through the series before the World Cup 2019.
“Since it is Mirpur, it is tough to predict how it will play. We are not expecting the wicket [pitch] to be slow or with turn right from the start. We are hoping for a good wicket,” said Mashrafe replying to a query. According to Mashrafe, the score range from 250 to 260 can be defendable against Zimbabwe at Mirpur ground.
Pace bowler Rubel Hossain is suffering from fever, but he could yet be fit for the first game. Bangladesh may pick both Imrul Kayes and Nazmul Hossain Shanto in the top order alongside Liton Kumar Das for the opening slot. At number seven, it is a three-way battle among Mohammad Saifuddin, uncapped Ariful Haque and Fazle Mahmud.
In this regard Mashrafe said, “Though we have lack of backup players, but players like Saifuddin and Fazle Mahmud make us optimistic.”
Zimbabwean skipper Hamilton Masakadza is glad to have Sikandar Raza back in his squad and said, “Having everyone around is a big plus for the team. Apart from Graeme [Cremer], who is still injured, we have everyone around which is a positive for the team.”
H Masakadza also expects positive results. “We are familiar with the condition of Bangladesh and with the team. Yes we lost [against South Africa], but the main thing is to focus on tomorrow. Stay positive, play positive is the principle for win against Bangladesh.”
“Yes, Bangladesh improved a lot in the last couple of years, but we are still positive and have chance,” H Masakadza added.
In their previous 69 ODI encounters, Bangladesh registered 41 victories against 28 losses. Zimbabwe also arrived in the midst of a seven-month losing streak, having been whitewashed by both Pakistan and South Africa in their last two series.
Fortune also didn’t favour the Zimbabweans in their warm-up game against BCB XI on Friday where H Masakadza scored a century of 102 and Elton Chigumbura 47, but no other batsman could reach double figures and BCB XI got eight-wicket win with Soumya Sarkar’s unbeaten 102* and Ebadat Hossain’s haul of five wickets.
Zimbabwe came to Bangladesh with their best team as senior players -Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams back in the fold, ending a self-imposed hiatus. They have also drafted left-handed batsman Cephas Zhuwao into their squad as a hit-and-miss option.
Sikandar Raza will slot straight back into a middle order, but the visitors have an opening challenge to answer. Solomon Mire struggled with single-figure through their last series against South Africa. Craig Ervine’s trial as a provisional opener in the warm-up was bad experience as he lasted for just three balls before being caught behind off Ebadat Hossain.
However, the next two ODIs of the series will be held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram on October 24 and 26.
Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Liton Kumar Das, Imrul Kayes, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Abu Hider Rony, Saifuddin and Fazle Rabbi.
Zimbabwe squad: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, John Nyumbu, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Tendai Chatara and Cephas Zhuwao.
Dhaka, Oct 19 (UNB) – Riding on Soumya Sarkar and Ebadat Hossain’s brilliant performances, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI registered an eight-wicket victory against touring Zimbabwe in the one-day practice match at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) ground in Savar on Friday.
BCB XI skipper Soumya Sarkar’s unbeaten 102* guided the hosts to 181 for 2 in 39 overs after restricting Zimbabweans to 178 for all in 45.2 overs where pacer Ebadat Hossain did a marvelous job for the hosts taking five wickets for economic 19 runs in nine overs.
BCB XI lost two wickets -– Mizanur Rahman and Fazle Mahmud -- for 52 in 14.4 overs before Soumya paired with retired-hurt Mosaddek Hossain in the 3rd wicket stand for 112 off 18.2 overs to carry the team total to 164 in 33rd over.
Soumya stayed till the end facing 114 balls in the innings that featured 13 boundaries and one six while Mosaddek Hossain added 33 off 48 balls, including two boundaries and one six. F Mahmud was another double digit scorer for BCB XI adding 13 runs.
Sikandar Raza [1/21] was the only wicket taker for the visiting side.
Earlier, Zimbabwean won the toss and elected to bat first for their collection that was spurred by skipper Hamilton Masakadza’s century of 102 while Elton Chigumbura  was only other player who could manage double digit.
BCB XI two pace bowlers -- Ebadat and Mohammad Saifuddin -- shared eight wickets between them to bewilder the Zimbabweans.
Ebadat made the 1st breakthrough in the innings 3rd over dismissing opening batsman Craig Ervine on 7 and sucked the big hitter as he bowled out H Masakadza on 176/9 in the 45th over.
Ebadat sent Tarisai Musakanda and Brandon Mavuta - the number 8 and 9 batsmen - back to the pavilion with ducks and gave one run to have number-four Sean Williams to complete the five-wicket haul.
BCB XI’s bowlers dismissed five Zimbabwean wickets within 16th over for a score of 47 runs before opener H Masakadza and E Chigumbura carefully played 28 overs to build up a solid partnership of 124 runs in the 6th wicket stand and later, no one among the next four batsmen could even reach the five-run mark.
Saifuddin broke the scary partnership on 171/6 in 44 overs, bowling out E Chigumbura, who played an innings of 83 balls to fire four boundaries and one six.
H Masakadza featured 14 boundaries and one six in his innings of 138 balls before being sent off by Ebadat in the next over.
Besides having E Chigumbura, Saifuddin trapped lbw Brendan Taylor and bowled out Donald Tiripano, conceding 32 runs in 7.2 overs.
Mohor Sheikh [1/18], who had only one first-class match experience with Rajshahi Division in National Cricket League (NCL) 2018 before the day, and Imran Ali [1/28] shared two wickets for the BCB XI.
The Zimbabweans are now on a tour to Bangladesh for three ODIs and two Tests against the hosts.
The first ODI is scheduled to be held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur on October 21 before the series move to the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram for the next two matches on October 24 and 26.
The first Test will be held in Sylhet from November 3 to 7 followed by the second and final one from November 11 to 15 in Dhaka.