Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - After a long break of eight months, the white-ball cricket is finally set to take place in Bangladesh with the Tri-nation T20I series involving Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
The event will kick off with the match between hosts Bangladesh and touring Zimbabwe at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Friday at 6:30pm.
Private television channel GTV will telecast the match live.
This series is a good platform for the Tigers to step up from their Test debacle against Afghanistan where they lost by a big margin of 224 runs while Zimbabwe will also take to the field aiming a revamp.
In the recent past, Bangladesh went through a difficult time. They failed to deliver expected performance during the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales where they finished at number eight out of 10 teams.
Right after the World Cup, Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series but continued to disappoint as they lost all three matches without creating any resistance against the islanders.
So, the Tri-series came as a challenge for the hosts to return to the winning note.
Russell Domingo, the Head Coach of the Tigers, manifested the same during the pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“When it comes to white-ball cricket, Bangladesh can beat anybody on the particular day. We got some World-class performers in our side. Just look at the experience of the team,” he said.
In the 50-over World Cup, Bangladesh were the second-most experienced team. So, there’s no shortage of quality and no shortage of experiences on the particular side. I think if we play with our potential, it’ll be very hard to beat us,” Domingo told the media.
“We’ll go every single game to win. Particularly in T20 cricket, in any day, any team can beat any side. I can’t guarantee a win tomorrow (Friday), but what I can say we’ll give our best performance that’s for sure,” he added.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza also said they are upbeat to offer a strong fight in the Tri-series despite their recent downfall.
Zimbabwe are now banned from participating in any ICC event. But Masakadza said they are not bothered much about that. They are rather focused on doing well in the series.
“We’ve played a few numbers of T20Is here in Bangladesh and we’re confident to play a strong brand of cricket in the Tri-series, although the other two teams are also very good. We don’t think we’re far behind them at all,” Masakadza told the media.
“A lot of things happened off the field. As the cricketers, we should not keep our focus off the field. We just need to play our best cricket on the field and put on our best foot forward while representing our country in the international cricket,” Masakadza added.
Zimbabwe got the boost from the lone practice match that they played against BCB XI on Wednesday and registered an inspiring win. There were Mushfiuqr Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Yasin Arafat Mishu in the BCB XI, but they failed to beat Zimbabwe.
“It’s good to have won the practice game. It’ll surely boost our confidence. But we’re aware of the fact that we’ll face a more challenging game tomorrow,” he further added.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe faced each other in nine T20Is and Bangladesh came up victorious in five games. This stat is enough to prove that both teams are statistically equal as the opponents.
The trophy of the series was also unveiled on Thursday.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket team will play Indian Under-19 team in the final of the eight-nation ACC U-19 Asia Cup at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.
Both India and Bangladesh advanced to the final of the Asian Youth meet by virtue of gaining higher points in their respective group stage matches as both the semifinals were washed out due to rain at two separate venues in Sri Lanka on Thursday.
In the day’s semifinals, Bangladesh were scheduled to play Afghanistan in Moratuwa while India were supposed to take on Sri Lank in Colombo. But both the semifinals were washed out without a single ball being bowled due to heavy downpour in the Island nation.
Bangladesh emerged champions in the four-team Group B with all-win record securing full 6 points from three matches.
On their way to the semifinals, the Young Tigers crushed the UAE by 6 wickets in their first match at Katunayake on Friday, beat Nepal also by 6 wickets in 2nd match at Colombo on Sunday and defeated Sri Lanka by 42 runs in last group match at Moratuwa on Tuesday.
On the other hand, Bangladesh’s rivals India also reached the final being the champions of four-team Group A also with all-win run securing full 6 points from three matches.
India beat Kuwait by 7 wickets in their first match at Colombo, crushed Pakistan by 60 runs in 2nd match at Moratuwa and defeated Afghanistan by 3 wickets in last group match at Colombo on Monday.
In their last five meetings against India, Bangladesh won only one match and conceded defeats in two matches. In the remaining two matches, one ended in no result and another was abandoned.
Bangladesh beat India by 2 wickets in the recently concluded Tri-Nation Under-19s Tournament in England on July 30 while conceded defeats twice at the same event.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) — Zimbabwe are set to offer a strong fight in the Tri-series T20 starting from Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium with the match between them and hosts Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza, who is set to say goodbye to international cricket, said on the pre-match press conference that they are not behind of the two other teams of the contests.
“We’ve played a few numbers of T20Is here in Bangladesh and we’re confident to play a strong brand of cricket in the Tri-series, although the other two teams are also very good. We don’t think we’re far behind than them at all,” Masakadza told the media on Thursday in the pre-series briefing.
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh played their first inaugural T20I in Bangladesh back in 2006. Since then, Zimbabwe played 10 T20Is in Bangladesh and won five of them. Masakadza believes this record demonstrates their capability of doing well in T20 cricket in Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe got the boost from the lone practice that they played against BCB XI on Wednesday and registered an inspiring win. There were Mushfiuqr Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Yasin Arafat Mishu in the BCB XI, but they failed to beat Zimbabwe.
“It is good to have won the practice game. It’ll surely boost our confidence. But we’re aware of the fact that we’ll face a more challenging game tomorrow,” Masakadza added.
The participation of Zimbabwe was uncertain in this series because of their suspension from ICC. However, in the end, they got the chance due to utmost support of the Bangladesh board for them.
The 36-year-old batsman is all set to say goodbye to international cricket right after this series. Masakadza said it was a long and fruitful journey for him to play for Zimbabwe for almost two decades.
“I think it has been a long and fruitful career. And obviously there were ups and downs, but I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment. If I were given the choice to start over and do it again, I would have definitely grabbed those chances,” Masakadza concluded.
The first match of the Tri-series will take place at 6:30pm at Sher-e-Bangla and Gtv will telecast the game live.
Zimbabwe squad for the Tri-series: Hamilton Masakadza (capt), Regis Chakabva, Richmond Mutumbami, Sean Williams, Neville Madziva, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tony Munyonga, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Christopher Mpofu, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Ainsley Ndlovu, Timycen Maruma, Ryan Burl.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Eleven suffered a frustrating seven-wicket defeat to touring Zimbabwean team in a practice match at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Wednesday, ahead of their Tri-Nation T20 series involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
The Tigers will play Zimbabwe in the opening match of the Tri-Nation series on Friday (Sept 13) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
With the day’s debacle, Bangladesh suffered another blow in the international cricket after their frustrating performances in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, Sri Lanka tour just after the World Cup and a humiliating 224-run defeat against Afghanistan in one–off Test on home soil in Chattogram this week.
The BCB Eleven batted first after winning the toss in the day’s match and scored 142 runs for 7 in 20 overs with one down Sabbir Rahman making team highest 30 runs off 31 deliveries featuring one six.
Besides, two down Mushfiqur Rahim (26), opener Mohammad Naim (23), opener Saif Hassan (21) and middle order Afif Hossain (10) were other Bangladeshi batsmen reaching the double figures.
SC Williams grabbed three wickets for 18 runs while N Madziva took two for 35 runs.
Chasing a target of 143 runs, the Zimbabweans easily reached their target scoring 144 for 3 in 17.2 overs with opener BRM Tailors hammering not out 57 runs off 44 balls with two fours and three sixes.
Besides, veteran Hamilton Masakadza (31) and number five T Maruma (not out 46) were other main contributors for the visiting side.
Afif Hossain grabbed all the three Zimbabwean wickets conceding 19 runs.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) — Bangladesh Under-9 cricket team beat Sri Lanka by 42 runs to register their third win on the row in the ongoing Youth Asia Cup in Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
The Young Tigers will play Afghanistan in the 2nd semi-final on Thursday (September 12) at Moratuwa.
Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. They amassed a challenging total of 273 runs for seven wickets in 50 overs.
Mahmudul Hasan Joy was the best batsman for Bangladesh hitting a ton. He ended up scoring 126 for 140 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.
Bangladesh lost their first wickets in 30 runs and within 56 runs, the lost another wicket. However, in the third wicket stand, they added 121 runs riding on the bats of Joy and Towhid Hridoy (50).
For the hosts, Dilshan Madushanka bagged three wickets while Ashian Daniel took two.
In reply, Sri Lanka tumbled for 231 all-out. Rakibul Hasan, the left-arm orthodox spinner of Bangladesh, bagged three wickets while right-arm off-spinner Ashraful Islam and left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam took two wickets each.
Rohan Sanjaya, the number nine of Sri Lanka, scored their highest individual score hitting 42 while Nipun Dhananjaya scored 36. But they were not good enough to chase down a total of 273.
Before this match, Bangladesh beat the United Arab Emirates and Nepal by six wickets each. The junior Tigers will take on Afghanistan on Thursday (September 12) in the semifinal of the event at Moratuwa.