Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) – Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first against host Bangladesh in their first Test of a two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
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Sylhet is hosting its inaugural test since its inception in 2013 to become the country’s eighth Test venue.
18-year old pace all-rounder Ariful Haque and a left-handed spinner Nazmul Islam have been handed debuts for Bangladesh while spin all-rounder Brandon Mavuta and left-handed spin bowler Wellington Masakadza for Zimbabwe.
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This is Bangladesh’s 15th Test against Zimbabwe since their first encounter in April 2001.
Zimbabwe best XI: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Brian Chari, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, SikandarRaza, Peter Moor, Regis Chakabva, Brandon Mavuta, Wellington Masakadza, Kyle Jarvis and TendaiChatara.
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Bangladesh best XI: Liton Kumar Das, ImrulKayes, NazmulHossainShanto, MominulHaque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (captain), ArifulHaque, MehidyHasanMiraz, Taijul Islam, Nazmul Islam and Abu Jayed.
Islamabad, Nov 2 (AP/UNB) — Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali retired from one-day internationals on Thursday to concentrate on his test career.
Ali played 53 ODIs, scoring 1,845 runs at an average of 36.90. He scored three centuries and 12 half-centuries, including a 59 against India in the triumphant Champions Trophy final last year in London.
Ali lost the confidence of the selectors in ODIs this year and was dropped after Pakistan was swept in New Zealand in January. He was replaced as opener by Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. Imam has cemented his place with a prolific run in ODIs.
"I didn't decide to retire after any hard feelings, it's my personal decision," Ali said.
"As a former ODI captain, I wish the team the very best for what is an incredibly important season ahead of the World Cup next June."
Pakistan slipped to an all-time low of No. 9 in the ODI rankings during Ali's tenure as skipper from 2015 to early 2017. Pakistan won four and lost five bilateral series.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani said Ali will remain an "integral part" of Pakistan's test team.
Ali, who turns 34 in February, has played 67 tests for an average of 44. He featured last month in the home series win over Australia. He has never played Twenty20s for Pakistan.
Dhaka, Nov 1 (UNB) – International Cricket Council (ICC) wished former Bangladesh cricket captain and now a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Akram Khan on his 51st birthday on Thursday.
“Happy birthday to Akram Khan!”, ICC twitted terming Khan as a real hero of Bangladesh cricket.
“A former Bangladesh captain, Khan top-scored for Bangladesh in their win over Pakistan at the 1999 @cricketworldcup. He also played in Bangladesh's inaugural Test match. Khan is a real hero of Bangladeshi cricket.”
Happy birthday to Akram Khan!— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2018
A former Bangladesh captain, Khan top-scored for Bangladesh in their win over Pakistan at the 1999 @cricketworldcup.
He also played in Bangladesh's inaugural Test match. Khan is a real hero of Bangladeshi cricket. pic.twitter.com/yakH0FRXFA
Besides his directorship at BCB, Khan is now serving as Cricket Operations Committee chairman for the country’s highest governing body of cricket.
The favourite son of Chattogram, Khan played eight Tests and 44 ODIs for national side with his swansong in a Test match against South Africa at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka in May 2003.
Born on November 1, 1968, Khan made an ODI debut against Pakistan in the Wills Asia Cup at his home venue MA Aziz Stadium in October 1988.
Khan is mostly popular among cricket fraternity for his successful role as captain to clinch the ICC Trophy 1997 in Malaysia with unbeaten record, which helped Bangladesh qualify for its first Cricket World Cup to participate in England in 1999.
Sylhet, Nov 1 (UNB) – The Zimbabwe cricket team arrived here on Thursday afternoon to play hosts Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match series, which is scheduled to begin at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Hamilton Masakadza-led Zimbabweans reached Sylhet International Airport from Chattogram around 2pm.
The hosts are already in the city after their seven-wicket win in the third and final ODI at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram (ZACS) on October 26 to complete a 3-0 sweep against the visitors.
Zimbabwe had to stay in Chattogram to play Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI in a three-day warm-up match at the ZACS, which ended in draw on October 31 after being interrupted by rain.
The Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is going to host its first Test match after its inception in 2013 and is set to become Bangladesh's eighth Test venue.
A venue of country's north-eastern city with a capacity of 18,000 audience, the stadium will also host its first ODI, between Bangladesh and West Indies, on December 14.
The venue has so far hosted seven T20I games, six of them during the ICC World T20 in 2014 and one in February this year between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The second Test of the series will be held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka from November 11.
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 1 (AP/UNB) — Ravindra Jadeja took 4-34 as West Indies was bowled out for 104 runs in 32 overs by India in the fifth one-day international on Thursday.
India leads the series 2-1 and looks set to win it after also sweeping the test series.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, the visitors never really got going in humid and bowler-friendly conditions.
Only Jason Holder, with 25, and Marlon Samuels, with 24, managed to cross the 20-run mark as their batting lineup folded in just over two hours.
India pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah made early inroads. Kieran Powell was caught behind for a four-ball duck while Shai Hope was bowled off Bumrah, also for a duck.
Rovman Powell put on 34 runs with Samuels but left arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed accounted for him on 16.
Jadeja struck twin blows against Samuels and Shimron Hetmyer, on 9, as West Indies was reduced to 57-5 in the 17th over.
Holder tried to stem the slide but nobody could give him lasting company as the total limped past 100.
Bumrah and Ahmed returned to take their second wickets as India went for the kill, with the latter dismissing Holder in the 26th.
Jadeja removed Kemar Roach (5) and Oshane Thomas (0) to complete his haul, leaving India a mere formality to wrap up the series.
West Indies made two changes after offspinner Ashley Nurse was ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of a shoulder injury. Legspinner Devendra Bishoo came in.
India was unchanged. The home side is attempting to win its eighth consecutive ODI series on home soil.