Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) — Bangladesh star all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad has said that he is confident to start bowling again.
He bowled a few deliveries during Friday’s practice session at Cardiff, sources from the venue said.
During the practice, he worked closely with spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi who observed the all-rounder carefully.
Mahmudullah last bowled on February 20 against New Zeland at Dunedin. He has since been skipping bowling due to a shoulder injury he sustained before the New Zealand tour.
In a recent media briefing, Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief physician Debashis Chowdhury said that Mahmudullah might require a surgery to get rid of the pain. He said taking some rest might help the all-rounder but it is a temporary solution.
The all-rounder might go for a surgery after the World Cup.
“I’ve bowled three overs today (Friday). Still, there’s some pain. But I think I’ll be able to bowl two or three overs in the practice game,” Mahmudullah told the media about his progress.
The former vice-captain of Bangladesh also said he is confident to get better ahead of the first match of the Tigers in the World Cup, which will take place in London on June 2 against South Africa.
“We’re still two weeks away. I think within this time I’ll improve more. I’ll talk to the captain. If I can manage the pain, I’ll bowl two or three overs,” Mahmudullah said.
Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) — Bangladesh speedster Rubel Hossain insisted on Friday he wants to finish the ICC World Cup 2019 as one of the best five bowlers.
The right-handed pacer recovered from a side strain that prevented him to play all the matches during Bangladesh recent tri-series in Ireland.
Before the main assault in the World Cup, Bangladesh will play two official warm-up matches against Pakistan and India respectively on May 26 and 28. Both of the matches will take place at the Sophia Garden, Cardiff. The Tigers conducted a training session at Cardiff on Friday.
“Now I am fully fit. I bowled with full speed in the last 4-5 sessions. Can say me full fit to play in the World Cup,” Rubel was seen to tell the media in a video message which was sent by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
The right-handed pacer played only a match in the tri-series in Ireland and bagged a wicket conceding 41 runs. But in the other matches, he was sidelined due to the injury.
In the current circumstances, Rubel’s place in Bangladesh’s playing XI is not confirmed as before because of Mohammad Saifuddin, who has been doing well with the ball in hand. At the same time, the all-rounder is also effective with the ball at the lower of the order.
However, Rubel is not bothered by the combination of the team. The pacer is just thinking about doing well if he gets a chance.
“Everyone wants to do well. I am also one of them. If I get a chance in the practice game I will try my best to do well. I think if I do well it will help me to get a chance in the World Cup as well,” Rubel further told the media.
“I want to bowl well. I want to contribute to the win of the team. If I get a chance, I will try to give my best. The all cricketing fraternity will keep an eye in the World Cup. If I get a chance in all the matches and perform well, my goal is to finish the tournament as one of the best five bowlers.”
May 25 (AP/UNB)-The excitement which built around New Zealand's drive to the Cricket World Cup final four years ago has long subsided and a team under a new coach and captain will endeavor to regenerate that feeling on the other side of the globe.
A sense of national euphoria grew during New Zealand's dramatic run to the final in 2015 before its eventual and deflating loss to Australia in Melbourne.
The mood ahead of this new campaign is not the same; not a confident hope but a small one, brittle but deeply felt.
The 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand produced two of the best one-day matches New Zealand fans have seen: The win over Australia in Auckland in the group stage when swing bowlers Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc were in their pomp, and the win over South Africa in the semifinals, which was recently promoted as the best ODI ever played.
But many of the players who were part of that squad are gone — captain Brendon McCullum, spinner Daniel Vettori, and the allrounder Grant Elliot, who was the match-winner against South Africa. Those who remain are older and this World Cup in England will test whether they are still as influential.
Boult remains the leader of New Zealand's bowling attack, Guptill is a plunderer of runs against weaker attacks but vulnerable against better bowling, and Southee finds wickets harder to come by in one-day cricket.
The rest of the New Zealand lineup is largely untested in World Cup competition and therefore unpredictable.
The captain is Kane Williamson, who is as much a conservative as McCullum was a maverick but less vital to his team's chances. Ross Taylor remains the rock of the middle order, a prolific accumulator of runs in one-day cricket, and Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls provide solidity.
Otherwise, New Zealand will lean heavily on allrounders, and the performance of those players — Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Jimmy Neesham — may determine whether it succeeds or fails.
If it teams Guptill with Colin Munro at the top of the order it has the potential to make explosive starts.
Williamson, Taylor, Nicholls — who will likely open early on — and Latham can stabilize the innings or build on a strong beginning. But the finishing — often crucial — will depend on de Grandhomme, Santner and Neesham.
The seam bowling unit with Boult, Southee, Matt Henry and the fiery Lockie Ferguson is strong. But the spinners, Santner and Ish Sodhi, are relatively untested.
Still, as has been the case so often in the history of the World Cup, New Zealand is the team that almost everybody wants to label as the tournament's dark horse. India and England are favorites, being first and second in the world one-day rankings, and Australia has recently found form again and is boosted by the return of David Warner and Steve Smith.
South Africa, the West Indies, and Pakistan all have claims. But asked to nominate their "second favorite" team, many pundits choose New Zealand.
That may be because for the last several years, and especially under McCullum, they played in good spirit but with a joyous abandon, undaunted by the reputation of their opponents and pursuing every part of the game — batting, bowling, and fielding — with gusto.
In rating the teams, former England captain Mike Gatting expressed the view of many.
"I look at the squads and I do fancy New Zealand to do well," he says. "You can no longer call them dark horses as their players are so experienced.
"They play some great cricket, they always play as a team, and they are well led by Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor is also a fine batsman, and in Tim Southee and Trent Boult they have match-winning bowlers."
May 25 (AP/UNB)-The Cricket World Cup in England may serve as a reminder that the luster the tournament enjoys and the popularity of the one-day game derives to a large extent from the contribution of the West Indies.
The Windies won the tournament in England in each of its first two editions, in 1975 and in '79, and in doing so gave credibility to a one-day format which was in its infancy, and in a precarious state, when the World Cup was launched.
Only 18 one-day internationals had been played between full ICC member nations when the World Cup was first staged and many cricket fans, weaned on test match cricket, viewed the shorter game with skepticism if not hostility.
The performances of the West Indies pioneers, led by Clive Lloyd and featuring Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts and Lance Gibbs, won many fans to the then-60 overs game.
The final, in which Richards ran out three Australians, crowned a tournament in which some leading players were still coming to grips with a new style: Sunil Gavaskar famously batted all 60 overs for 36 runs, infuriating India fans.
By 1979 one-day cricket had become widely popular and the West Indies were early masters of the game, just as they would come to dominate the test arena for much of the next decade. Richards led them to a win over England in the final, scoring 138, while Joel Garner took 5-38 as England lost 8-11 in a 92-run defeat.
The West Indies were World Cup runner-up in 1983, losing the final to India at Lord's, and it marked the beginning of a decline. The intervening 36 years have not always been kind. The Windies have recently reasserted themselves as world Twenty20 champions and that new-found strength in short-form cricket has begun to spill over into the 50-overs game.
For the first time in years, the West Indies has a team which might go close to winning the tournament.
The top of the order features the imposing figure of Chris Gayle, who has been handed the additional responsibility of vice-captaincy. Gayle, 39, compiled two centuries and two half-centuries in the West Indies' recent series against England in the Caribbean.
"As a senior player it's my responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team," says Gayle, who retired from ODI cricket briefly after the 2015 World Cup but made a return two years later. "This will probably be the biggest World Cup so there will be great expectations and I know we'll do very well for the people of the West Indies."
The middle order is solid with Darren Bravo capable of taking the role of accumulator, and their wealth is in their hard-hitting allrounders, including Andre Russell and Kieron Powell.
Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran provide wicketkeeping options and the bowling attack is sound and experienced, led by the veterans Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel. Spin bowling will be important, and the West Indies will rely on Ashley Nurse and the youngster Fabien Allen.
Coach Floyd Reifer says the World Cup will be won by bowlers.
"Looking at the pitches in England in the county circuit, they are very high-scoring," Reifer says. "But I still think that the team that bowls and fields the best will win the World Cup. The batters are expected to score runs, but bowling is going to win it for us."
The West Indies will return to the site of past World Cup triumphs with their best chance in years to be part of the later rounds, a boost for them and the tournament and a boon for fans.
London, May 24 (AP/UNB) — All the usual suspects have gathered for the World Cup at the home of cricket, and yet something is missing.
The rest of the world.
When the first ball is bowled at The Oval on Thursday, only 10 teams will be vying to be world champion, the smallest number since 1992.
After the hugely popular, successful, and entertaining 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the format was slashed from 14 teams to 10. Qualifying was a prize for only two teams. No Associate members qualified.
So, no Zimbabwe for the first time in 36 years. No Ireland for the first time in 12. No other recent competitors such as Scotland, Kenya, Netherlands, or Canada.
Yes, more often than not those teams were fodder for the big guns, but they were improvers who delivered some of the World Cup's greatest moments. The moments broadcasters love to replay during rain delays, and moments when the world took notice of the Cricket World Cup.
Occasions when Ireland upset Pakistan in 2007, England in 2011 with Kevin O'Brien's comeback century, and the West Indies in 2015; when Zimbabwe beat Australia in 1983, England in 1992 with Eddo Brandes' four-for, and India and South Africa in 1999; and when Kenya beat Sri Lanka in 2003. Add Canada's John Davison teeing off against the West Indies in 2003 with what was then the World Cup's fastest century.
Who doesn't like surprises? Well, cricket powerbrokers India, England, and Australia didn't. They led a demand in 2010 for "more competitive" World Cups by reducing the field to the size of the Champions Trophy. That way, they could ensure that, as the favorite teams for TV and advertisers, they would be in the tournament for at least a month of the six-week saga.
But at a time when FIFA is planning to add 16 extra teams to the soccer World Cup, the Rugby World Cup wants to add four, and the Olympics added five new sports, reducing numbers in cricket's showpiece is contrary to administrative mantras about developing the global game.
In spite of all this, the 12th Cricket World Cup ought to be a smash hit.
The English hosts have done more than most to make it so. Immediately after the humiliating group-stage exit four years ago, England transformed itself by selecting short-form cricket specialists, and adopting the positive, aggressive approach of 2015 finalists Australia and New Zealand. They have not lost a home series in four years, won 57 of 86 ODIs, returned to No. 1 a year ago, and broken the world record total twice. Seven players in the England squad have scored centuries, the most of any team.
"We're in as strong a position as we could be at this stage," captain Eoin Morgan says.
If anything will stop them, it will be the weight of expectations. England still seeks a first major ODI title. It has lost three World Cup finals and two Champions Trophy finals. It was favored at the 2017 Champions Trophy, also at home, and fell to Pakistan on a slow pitch in the semifinals.
Conditions have changed. Swing and seam are less impactful as English pitches have become flatter, encouraging higher scores: 300 has become a par score for an ODI. In the England-Pakistan series this month, seven of the eight totals were 300-plus. The other was 297.
India come looking for a third World Cup crown with the most experienced squad in the competition. But there's a feeling that if bowlers can get through the mighty top order of Shikhar Dhawan, captain Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma, then the middle order is vulnerable.
There's a wave of newcomers who are set to light up the tournament, among them Afghanistan bowling allrounder Rashid Khan, the top allrounder in ODIs already at age 20, and Jasprit Bumrah, the No. 1-ranked ODI bowler who is on track to become the fastest Indian to 100 wickets.
While they make their World Cup debut, others will make their bow.
This will be the last World Cup for the likes of West Indies blaster Chris Gayle, South Africa's JP Duminy, Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn, Pakistan's Shoaib Malik, and Bangladesh's golden generation which has yet to strike gold. Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Tamim Iqbal beat and eliminated India in the 2007 World Cup.
This is their last shot at glory.
A toast for good luck. And another for absent friends.