Dhaka, May 23 (UNB) — Bangladesh cricket team on Thursday moved from the English city of Leicester to Cardiff in Wales, where they are scheduled to play two unofficial warm-up games against Pakistan and India before their main assault of the World Cup.
The Tigers will face Pakistan on May 26 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. At the same venue, they will lock horn against old nemesis India on May 28. Right after that, the Tigers will move to London where they will start their campaign on June 2 against South Africa.
Before leaving for Cardiff, Bangladesh spent three days in Leicester. Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and the opener Tamim Iqbal, however, missed out the practice camp.
While Mashrafe came back to Dhaka for a short break, Tamim spent three days with his family in Dubai, UAE. Both were back in the UK today.
Before leaving Dhaka on Wednesday, Mashrafe asked the supporters to keep them in prayers. The Tigers’ captain said: “The World Cup will be a different ball game. We have to set our mind to score 300, 320-330 in the World Cup.”
Mashrafe will join the team in Cardiff after the press conference of the participating nations’ captains in London, that he will attend soon after arriving back in the UK.
Bangladesh have exuded confidence going into the World Cup, winning their first-ever title in a multi-national event in Ireland, where they beat West Indies three times in the event including the final.
Dhaka, May 23 (UNB) — Appearing alongside his fellow captains at the official pre-event press conference for the captains of each team participating at this year’s World Cup, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza stated matter-of-factly that the Tigers are now capable of beating “any team in the world”.
The press conference was held Thursday in London. All ten captains were presented at the program.
“Cricket is a game in which any team can beat any opponent. A team like us can exploit the chance if they can ensure a good start to the match. We have the firm belief of beating any team in the world. However, everything depends on a good start,” Mashrafe said when he was asked about the changed mindset of the Tigers.
“We have a good bunch of cricketers. Besides the senior cricketers, we have some young lads who have been playing smart cricket at any stage. We really have a good team with the combination of young and experienced campaigners. We displayed a good brand of cricket in the last series in Ireland as well. Now, we have to start it well in the World Cup when we play the first match against South Africa,” Mashrafe also said iduring the program which was broadcast through social media.
The anchor of the program, at a point, asked Mashrafe if he gets a chance to include another player in the squad from any country who would be the pick. At this moment, Mashrafe told the name of Virat Kohli- the captain of India in the World Cup.
Asked whether he was feeling any nerves as the tournament got nearer, Mashrafe came up with a cool-headed response that showed his increased maturity once again.
“This is (playing in the World Cup) not a new affair for me. I think everyone here will say the same thing. As I said earlier, everything depends on the mental preparation. We are really excited as the World Cup is so close now. It is important for us to start well,” Bangladesh captain responded.
The latest edition of the World Cup will be Bangladesh’s sixth appearance in cricket’s showpiece event. In their first 5 appearances, Bangladesh achieved its best result in the last World Cup which took place in Australia and New Zealand, where the Tigers played the quarter-final against India. Before that, they knocked England out of the World Cup on their way to the last 8.
This time around, the Tigers are well-equipped to do more damage to the opponents. Right before the World Cup assault, the Tigers won their first winners’ trophy in a multi-national event- a tri-series in Ireland- beating West Indies in the final by five wickets. The triumph came as a big confidence booster for the Tigers, as they went unbeaten through the five games, comfortably winning 4 while one game was curtailed by rain.
Mashrafe and his men will start the World Cup journey against South Africa on June 2 at the Kennington Oval, London. The Tigers will be at the center of high expectation on the World Cup.
Dhaka, May 23 (UNB) - Bangladesh all-rounder Afif Hossain Dhrubo is a happy man as he was picked by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots during the players’ draft of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 at the Gfinity eSports Arena in London on Wednesday.
Afif is the only Bangladeshi player who will feature in this year’s CPL.
The 19-year-old southpaw will get the company of his former teammate Carlos Brathwaite in the team, who previously played for Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League. Afif also played for the Titans in the same edition.
“It was a sleepless night yesterday (Wednesday) because I was really excited. I think it’s a big achievement for me to be a part of the CPL. I’ll enjoy playing there. It’ll be my first tour to the Caribbean islands,” Afif told reporters on Thursday at the National Academy, Mirpur.
“I was watching the draft on television. I was excited when they picked me. I’ve never played in a foreign franchise league before. So, it came as a new opportunity for me,” the all-rounder explained.
There are a few Bangladeshi players who have been playing in the foreign leagues for years now. But Afif is the only player who is yet to establish his name in the Bangladesh national side. The young lad believes he is lucky to get a big chance in the CPL.
“I’m a lucky guy. I’ll try to take advantage of it as much as I can. I hope it’ll help me in the future,” Afif further said.
In the last season of BPL, Afif played for Sylhet Sixers where he got David Warner as his captain. The all-rounder said Warner advised him to play giving all the capability in the field.
Afif believes it will not be a tough task for him to adapt with the players of his team in the CPL as he has the experience of playing BPL in three seasons.
The all-rounder is known for his unorthodox batting in the middle. He is known for his love to play innovative shots. However, he said he will decide about his style of playing in the CPL after starting practice for his team.
Afif played 31 T20s and scored 509 runs in an average of 21.2. He also scalped 15 wickets, including a five-wicket haul on debut for Khulna Titans back in 2016.
The left-handed all-rounder first came to the limelight for his brilliant show in the age-level cricket for Bangladesh. He got his international T20 cap back in 2018 against Sri Lanka in Sylhet. But he got out of the national set-up right after his first match.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) - To make the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup more enjoyable, Grameenphone’s Bioscope will be hosting live streaming of matches for everyone.
In Bioscope, the viewers can enjoy ad-free live coverage of matches with commentary in Bangla during the World Cup.
In this connection, an agreement was signed between Grameenphone, GTV and Rabbithole at the GP House on Tuesday.
Solaiman Alam, Head of Digital Services of Grameenphone, Aman Ashraf Faiz, Managing Director of GTV, and Rafiqullah Romel, CEO of Rabbithole, were present along with others at the signing ceremony.
Bioscope is Grameenphone’s widely popular entertainment platforms. Bioscope offers latest drama, blockbuster movies, music, sports, popular live TV channels with cool features, available in web and android. A huge number of entertaining contents have been available on this platform.
Solaiman Alam, Head of Digital of Grameenphone said, “We strongly believe that sports, especially cricket, have a very special demand and love from every Bangladeshi across the globe. And it becomes more special when Bangladesh Cricket Team are playing in such a grand event like the World Cup.“
Also the analytic show will have its own exclusivity and unique selling proposition.
Having direct shows from cricket heavens like Lords, Oval etc will take the whole programme to a new height. Inclusion of renowned Bangladeshi cricket host and international fashion model Peya Zannatul will also bring glamour and excitement in the show.
ASM Rafiq Ullah Romel said, “This world cup will be even more enjoyable for you since Grameenphone’s Bioscope will host the LIVE world cup matches for all. Viewers can enjoy ad-free LIVE matches with commentary in Bangla from anywhere in the world. The Bangla commentary will help the mass audience to enjoy the matches even further.”
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – The five-team Super League of the Dhaka Women’s Premier Division Cricket League 2018-19 begins on Thursday at two venues of Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) in Savar with two matches billed for the opening day.
League leader Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity will play 5th ranked Dhaka Abahani Limited in a match at BKSP ground-3 while 2nd placed Sheikh Rasel Sports Development Academy will face 4th ranked Dhaka Mohammedan SC at BKSP ground-4 in the other encounter.
The 50 over-a-side matches will kick off at 9am.
After a break on Friday (May 24), Khelaghar SKS will meet Dhaka Mohammedan SC at BKSP ground-3 while 3rd placed Rupali Bank KS will take on Dhaka Abahani Limited at BKSP ground-4 on Saturday (May 25).
On completion of nine matches of the 10-team first-phase league, Khelaghar SKS top the list securing 17 points, followed by Sheikh Rasel with 15 points, Rupali Bank KP with 13 points, Dhaka Mohammedan SC with 12 points and Dhaka Abahani Limited with 9 points.