Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan on Thursday won the toss in the one-off Test against Bangladesh and opted to bat first at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Bangladesh are going with an all-spin attack in this match. But Afghanistan kept pacer Yamin Ahmadzai who has taken nine wickets in two Tests.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan will lead the bowling attack with Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan. Bangladesh have Mahmudullah Riyad and Mosaddek Hossain in the XI to add more spin. Soumya Sarkar is the only pace-bowling option for the Tigers.
On the other hand, Afghanistan kept Mohammad Nabi, Qais Ahmed, Zahir Khan, Rahmat Shah and the captain Rashid Khan as spin options while Ahmadzai is their only pace-bowling option.
This is the first time the two sides are facing each other in Test.
With this match, Rashid became the youngest Test captain at 20 years and 350 days, surpassing Zimbabwe’s Tatenda Taibu who led his country at the age of 20 years 358 days.
Bangladesh XI: Soumya Sarkar, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan
Afghanistan XI: Ihsanullah, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rashid Khan (capt), Yamin Ahmadzai, Qais Ahmad, Zahir Khan
Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB)-Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team will play Ireland in the first semifinal of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday (Sept 5) at 3 pm at Forthill in Dundee, aiming to assure a final berth that will also be their ticket to the World Cup finals.
In the day’s other semi, Group B champions Thailand will face Group B runners-up Papua New Guinea at 7 pm at the same venue.
The finalists of the eight-team league-cum-knockout basis tournament will qualify for the final round of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.
The final match will held on Saturday at the same venue.
Earlier, Bangladesh Women’s team, the reigning Asian champions, emerged Group A champions with all-win record to reach the semifinal securing full six points from straight three matches eliminating hosts Scotland by 13 runs by D/L method in the last group engagement on Tuesday.
Bangladesh, which was placed in Group A along with Papua New Guinea, USA and hosts Scotland, beat USA by eight wickets in the first match and earned 2nd successive victory defeating Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 6 runs
On other hand, Papua New Guinea eliminated United States of America (USA) beating them by 22 runs also by D/L method in their last group affairs at the Arbroath ground in Scotland on Tuesday.
In their last group match on Tuesday, Bangladesh scored 104 for 4 in 17 overs before rain stopped match.
Sent into bat first, Bangladesh scored at a good rate despite losing three wickets –Sanjida Islam (4), Murshida Khatun (26) and Ritu Moni (4) --for 62 in 10.3 overs.
In the 4th wicket stand, wicketkeeper-batsman Nigar Sultana pairing Fargana Hoque contributed 39 runs to repair the early damage.
Fargana Hoque scored 23 off 22 balls featuring one boundary while Nigar Sulatan remained unbeaten on 35 runs off 37 balls hitting three fours at that time.
Later, Nigar Sultana of Bangladesh was adjudged player of the match.
Ke Bryce and AM Maqsood grabbed two wickets each conceding 13 and 21 runs respectively.
After the rain, hosts Scotland opened the innings with a tough revised target of 63 runs in 8 overs, but they scored only 49 runs for 6 in quota 8 overs with opener KE Bryce was the only batter to reach the double figure of 21 runs and conceded 13 runs defeat.
Khadija Tul Kubra, Nahida Akhter and Ritu Moni took one wicket each conceding 7, 10 and 17 runs respectively
In the day’s other match, Papua New Guinea (PNG) scored 133 for 3 in 20 overs, riding on unbeaten 58 runs by all-rounder cum player of the match Sibona Jimmy at Arbroath ground in Scotland.
In reply, USA scored 53 for 3 in 10 overs before the match was stopped due to rain. Later, their revised winning target was fixed at 117 runs in 17 overs, but they managed 94 runs for 7 in stipulated 17 overs, to suffer a 22-run defeat.
Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) - Tigers are set to face a new Test foe as the one-off Test against Afghanistan begins tomorrow at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
It will be Bangladesh’s 115th Test and Afghanistan’s third.
Shakib Al Hasan is set to be back to action after his fantastic show in the World Cup. He has led the Tigers in 13 Tests and won three of them.
On the other hand, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan is set to be inducted in Test cricket as a captain.
Both sides had unexpected time during the World Cup. While Afghanistan failed to seal any game, Bangladesh could not advance to the semifinals.
Right after the World Cup, Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka and lost the three-match ODI series 3-0.
The one-off Test comes as a platform for both sides to jump back.
“We want to win this game,” Shakib told a pre-match press conference at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Wednesday.
He noted that the team had not been performing well recently. “This match is very important for us. If we can win this one easily, then everything will be spontaneous for us,” Shakib said.
On the other hand, Afghanistan are taking this match as a chance to tell the world that they cannot be taken lightly. Afghanistan played their maiden Test against India and suffered a massive loss by an innings and 262 runs. They won their second match against Ireland by seven wickets.
“Bangladesh are one level above us. We’ve massive respect for them but we aren’t scared of them. They’ve played some wonderful cricket at home for a long time now,” Afghanistan’s interim head coach Andy Moles told the media on Tuesday.
“Top teams have found it hard to do well in Bangladesh. So we believe it’ll be a big test for us. But if we can show application and concentration, we can hope for something special in this match.”
Afghan captain Rashid Khan said they are confident.
“We definitely have the talent and skill. We just need to make sure we play in a positive manner, according to our strength and believe in ourselves,” he said.
“This game is all about more patient and calmness. Once we do that, I think definitely the result will be positive,” Rashid told the pre-match press conference.
Bangladesh appeared in 18 Tests at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and won only two of them while six ended in a draw.
The match will commence at 10am (Bangladesh time) and will be telecast by Gazi TV.
Bangladesh's probable XI: Sadman Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan and Taskin Ahmed/Abu Jayed
Afghanistan’s probable XI: Ihsanullah Janat, Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Ikram Ali Khil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (captain), Zahir Khan, Qais Ahmed, Yamin Ahmadzai and Shapoor Zadran
Dhaka, Sept 4 (UNB) — Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan on Wednesday said he is focusing more on winning the one-off Test against Afghanistan.
The Test will commence at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Thursday at 10am.
At a pre-match press brief, Shakib said Bangladesh cricket went through a bad patch in the recent past.
“But if we can win this game now, then everything will be normal for us. So we’re focusing on winning this game,” he said at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
“I don’t think much about how many pacers or spinners we have in the playing XI. We just want to set up a combination who can win the game and this is the most important thing,” he added.
Bangladesh got Afghanistan 13 times as their opponent in international cricket. This will be the first time they face each other in the longer format of the game.
“They’re comparatively inexperienced. But they’ve some quality players who can win the game. So we’ve to play our best cricket to win this match,” the skipper added.
Bangladesh played 18 Tests at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhry Stadium so far. They won two of them while drawing another six.
Islamabad, Sep 4 (AP/UNB) — The Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed former captain Misbah-ul-Haq as head coach and chief selector for a three-year period across the three formats.
The PCB said on Wednesday that a five-member panel including ex-captain Intikhab Alam and former international cricketer Bazid Khan unanimously chose Misbah following a robust recruitment process.
"I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket," Misbah said in a statement.
On the recommendation of Misbah, another former captain Waqar Younis was chosen as bowling coach for the national team on a three-year contract.
Both former captains have previously worked together in between 2014-16 when Misbah was the captain and Waqar was the head coach.
The six head coaches of the newly formed domestic cricket teams will be the members of the national selection committee.
Misbah said that he had a candid discussion with Waqar that included roles and responsibilities, as well as how to take Pakistan cricket forward.
"I am excited to once again have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Waqar Younis in my corner as a bowling coach," Misbah said. "We have exciting young fast bowlers in our ranks and there is no better person than Waqar to transform them into modern day stars."
Misbah capatained Pakistan in 56 test matches, winning 26, losing 19 and drawing 11. He also led Pakistan in 87 ODIs, winning 45 and losing 39.
PCB cheif executive Wasim Khan was also one of the members of committee that decided on appointing Misbah.
"The committee unanimously put their weight behind Misbah as it believed he was a perfect fit for the dual assignments due to his understanding, knowledge and demands of Pakistan cricket," Khan said.
Pakistan is due to host Sri Lanka later this month for a three-match ODI series at Karachi and a three-match Twenty20 series at Lahore.