Monaco, July 19 (AP/UNB) — Former world indoor 400-meter champion Kemi Adekoya has been banned for four years for doping in another drug case to hit Bahrain's squad of elite African-born runners.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases in track and field, said Friday that Adekoya tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol. Her ban is backdated from November 2018.
Adekoya competed for Nigeria but switched allegiance to Bahrain ahead of the 2014 Asian Games. Since then, she's won four Asian Games gold medals and an Asian championship title, plus the 2016 world indoor 400 gold in Portland.
The AIU said Adekoya's results since Aug. 24 last year would be struck out, meaning she loses her Asian Games gold medals in the 400 hurdles and the 4x400 mixed relay. The hurdles gold is due to pass to Vietnam's Quach Thi Lan and the relay gold to India.
Bahrain's longstanding policy of fielding African-born runners has come under scrutiny after Olympic marathon silver medalist Eunice Kirwa was banned for four years last month in a doping case. Another distance runner, Violah Jepchumba, was banned last year.
After countries including Bahrain and Qatar spent years recruiting African runners, the IAAF tightened the rules for changes of allegiance in track in 2018, saying it feared some athletes were being bought and sold by third parties. The new measures include a three-year waiting period and a bar on athletes transferring more than once.
Also Friday, the AIU said Indian distance runner Sanjivani Jadhav has been banned for two years for a positive test for probenecid, which can be used to mask the presence of other banned substances. Jadhav loses the bronze medal she won in the 10,000 at April's Asian championships.
Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh ODI captain Masrhafe Bin Mortaza and all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin have been ruled out of the upcoming Sri Lanka tour due to injuries.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) called in all-rounder Farhad Reza and right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed as replacements.
While Mashrafe got a new blow on his left hamstring, Saifuddin is suffering from an old problem on his back. They were scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka on Saturday with the national team.
Debashis Chowdhury, the chief physician of BCB, confirmed Mashrafe’s injury to the media on Friday.
“Mashrafe’s been suffering from many injuries for a long time. Now he injured his left hamstring and it’s tough for him to join the Sri Lanka tour. It’s up to the team management to decide whether he will play in the upcoming series or not,” he said.
Later, a source close to the team management confirmed UNB that Mashrafe has been ruled out from the Sri Lanka tour where the Tigers will play a three-match ODI series.
Mashrafe suffered the injury during practice at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday evening. Before the World Cup, he had sustained a hamstring injury in the final of tri-nation series against West Indies in Ireland.
Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh emerging women’s cricket team left Dhaka for South Africa on Friday to play a three-match one-day and a three-match T20 series against the Proteas women’s team.
Anju Jain, the coach of the Bangladesh national women’s cricket team, will coach the emerging team during this tour. She is excited about the most-awaited tour to South Africa.
“It’s really good to have tours of the emerging team. It’ll help us to find out our bench strength. We’ll play the Asia Cup soon. So this tour is very important for the players we have in the squad,” Anju Jain told the media on Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
According to the coach, this tour will be a good opportunity for the new girls to prove their mettle for the national team.
“We’ve finished a camp in Rajshahi and monitored the premier league closely before finalizing the 14-member squad. Earlier we’d shortlisted 28 girls. I do hope they’ll do well in South Africa,” she further said.
The ODIs will take place on July 23, 25 and 28 while the T20s will be held on July 28, August 1 and 4.
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.