Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is preparing hard ahead of the special edition of Bangladesh Premier League- Bangabandhu BPL which is scheduled to be played from December 11.
Masrhafe will feature in the league for Dhaka Platoon which also includes players like Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Shahid Afridi and Thisara Perera.
The 36-year-old pacer was avoided by this year’s BPL teams in the first seven rounds of players’ calling in the player draft. But in the eighth round, Dhaka Platoon roped him in for the special edition of BPL.
Mashrafe played his last competitive cricket match during the World Cup 2019 in England against Pakistan at Lord’s. Since then, he has been busy in his political works. But now, the Bangladesh ODI captain is preparing hard for BPL.
“I hope Mashrafe will play the whole league. He is now gearing up to back to his best form. He bowled a few overs today. It is difficult for him to get the rhythm back, but he will certainly get that,” Mohammad Salahuddin, the Dhaka Platoon coach told the media on Saturday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“He is trying to get fitter than before. We might have not seen that, but he is trying personally. He is motivated to do well in BPL,” Salahuddin added.
Like Mashrafe, Tamim is also set to back to competitive cricket with the BPL. Tamim is out of action since the Sri Lanka tour which has taken place right after the World Cup. Salahuddin believes the long gap cannot destroy their experience.
“They are experienced cricketers. They have been playing at the top level of the game for 10-15 years. So a long gap will not destroy their experience. I think they are capable enough to do well in BPL,” Salahuddin added.
Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain and Mohammad Naim have been called in the Bangladesh Men’s Team (Under-23) for the South Asian Games (SA Games) which is set to begin on December 1 in Nepal.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the team on Friday evening. Along with them, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Zakir Hasan and Yasir Ali Rabbe were also called in the 15-member team.
Shanto will lead Bangladesh in the most prestigious sports event in South Asia.
Bangladesh Men’s team participated in SA Games 2014 when cricket was played for the last time in the event.
To take part in this year’s SA Games, the Bangladesh Men’s cricket team will fly for Nepal on Sunday (Dec 1), BCB officials told UNB.
Along with Bangladesh, the hosts Nepal, Sri Lanka (U-23), Maldives and Bhutan are the other participants.
Bangladesh will play their first game of the event on December 4 against the Maldives before taking on Bhutan on December 6. Tigers will face hosts Nepal on December 7 before their last league fixture against Sri Lanka on December 8.
After the league stage, the top two teams will be promoted to the final. The third and fourth team will play a match for the third place as well.
Bangladesh Men’s cricket team for SA Games: Saif Hassan, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Zakir Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Yasir Ali, Minhajul Abedin Afridi, Sumon Khan, Mahidul Ankon, Tanvir Islam, Manik Khan, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Soumya Sarkar, Mahadi Hasan and Hasan Mahmud
Bangladesh Women’s cricket team are optimistic about securing gold in the South Asian Games (SA Games) 2019 which is set to begin on December 1. The event will be played in the T20 format.
The last time cricket was part of SA Games was back in 2010. Since then, the authorities hosted the biggest sporting event in South Asia without the most popular sport of the region.
“We got the opportunity to play in the SA Games for the first time. We’re eager to make this event memorable, and to do so, we’ve to make a good start to the event,” Jahanara Alam, one of the members of Bangladesh team, told the media on Friday before flying to Nepal.
The last time when cricket was played in SA Games, Bangladesh Men’s team won a Gold medal. Jahanara said they are aiming for the same result in this year’s SA Games.
“We’ve to make a good start to the competition. Our main goal in the event is to win the Gold medal,” Jahanara told the media.
Seven teams will be fighting in women’s cricket of SA Games. Hosts Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan will play in Group A while Bangladesh, Pakistan and Maldives in Group B.
The two top teams of each group will be promoted to the semifinals of the event. The final will take the place on December 9.
Bangladesh Women’s cricket team for SA Games: Salma Khatun (Captain), Nigar Sultana, Jahanara Alam, Ayesha Rahman, Farjana Haque, Murshida Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Shabnam Mustari, Fahima Khatun, Shamima Sultana, Nahida Akter, Khadija Tul Kubra, Ritu Moni, Puja Chakraborty and Rabeya Akter.
West Indies handed Afghanistan a crushing 9-wicket defeat within three days in the one-off cricket test.
Resuming Friday on 109-7 with a lead of only 19 runs, Afghanistan was bowled out for 120 in its second innings within 30 minutes on the third morning.
Captain Jason Holder (3-20) polished off the Afghanistan tail as he got the outside edges of Rashid Khan and Afsar Zazai's bats and bowled Yamin Ahmadzai.
The West Indies hurried to 33-1 with John Campbell remaining unbeaten on 19 when he smashed left-arm spinner Amir Hamza over mid-off for a winning boundary.
The only blot in an otherwise a comprehensive win for West Indies was the form of Kraigg Brathwaite, who fell for eight runs to Hamza to continue a barren run in the test format.
"Really important win, we had a tough series against India (and it) was important to finish the year well," Holder said. "Credit to the boys, they stuck together well. (It was) very pleasing to see new guys come in and take the opportunity.
"Shamarh (Brooks) did that. He scored a 50 in the last innings and followed it with a 100 here, it was full of class and then Rahkeem (Cornwall) getting seven in the first innings, in just his second test, is amazing."
Afghanistan went into the match aiming to be the first country to win three of its first four test matches. Afghanistan lost to India inside two days in its inaugural test, but then beat Ireland and Bangladesh.
This one was no real contest, though, and Afghanistan is 2-2 since being elevated to the elite test cricket ranks.
"I think, what I've seen, we've been struggling in the longer formats, especially in batting and that's the area we need to improve," Afghanistan captain Rashid said. "We want more test matches, the more we play tests and ODIs, the better it is. Just one test per year isn't good enough."
Off-spinner Cornwall was the architect of West Indies' big win on a turning wicket in this northern Indian city with a match haul of 10-121.
Cornwall ran through the top order twice, returning figures of 7-75 and 3-46 that restricted Afghanistan to paltry innings totals of 187 and 120.
Brooks then notched his maiden test hundred as West Indies replied with 277 for a first-innings lead of 90.
Both teams had earlier split the white-ball series — also played at the same venue. West Indies swept Afghanistan 3-0 in ODI series before Afghanistan won the Twenty20 series 2-1 after losing the first match.
An unbeaten century by Tom Latham in a 116-run partnership with Ross Taylor and an injury to allrounder Ben Stokes put England on the back foot Friday on the rain-shortened first day of the second cricket test against New Zealand.
Heavy rain began to fall during the tea break, washing out the final session and leaving New Zealand 173-3 at stumps with Latham 101 not out. Taylor was out 20 minutes before the end for 53 and Latham had been joined by Henry Nicholls (5).
New Zealand had been 37-2 after the dismissal of captain Kane Williamson (4) just before the first drinks break. Latham and Taylor repaired the innings with a century partnership from 184 balls, adding 87 runs for the loss of only Taylor's wicket during the second session.
The pitch at Seddon Park became increasingly docile as the ball became older and the sun baked out the faint smattering of new grass which may have caused England captain Joe Root, mistakenly, to bowl on winning the toss.
England took five seamers and no specialist spinner into the match and those bowlers were made to work hard Friday as the pitch settled into a good batting deck, likely to remain so for the rest of the match.
Stokes came into the match with a knee injury and was clearly in pain as he bowled only two overs in the first two sessions. He grimaced as he put weight on his left knee in his landing stride and seems unlikely to bowl again, at least in the first innings, depleting the England attack.
In a statement the England and Wales Cricket Board said: "Stokes has pain in (his) left knee and will be assessed as to whether he can bowl again in the innings. He felt some discomfort at the end of his second over."
Latham looked comfortable from the start of play Friday and reached his 11th test century from 159 balls with 15 fours to rise to 10th on New Zealand's all-time run-scoring list.
He was particularly strong off his pads and England fueled his run-scoring when they strayed too often onto his leg stump. The tactic of right armers Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer bowling around the wicket to the left-hander was unsuccessful.
Latham used placement and timing to find boundaries through midwicket and reached his century with an on-drive from the second ball of the only over bowled by Root, England's part-time off-spinner.
Taylor reached his 32nd half century from 98 balls and was out immediately afterwards, caught by Root at slip from the bowling of Chris Woakes. All three New Zealand wickets to fall Friday went to catches by Root who did his best to back-up his decision to field first.
Opener Jeet Raval (5) and captain Kane Williamson (4) also edged to Root and first slip.
Latham and Taylor had several reprieves in the first two sessions, thanks to the Decision Review System. Latham was judged lbw to Woakes when he was 49 just before lunch but the decision was overturned on review.
Taylor, on 25, successfully challenged an lbw decision which went in favor of Broad and replays showed the faintest of inside edges.
England then reviewed the umpire's rejection of an lbw appeal by Woakes when Taylor was 47 and the replay showed the ball pitching outside leg.
"Latham scored a fantastic hundred," Woakes said. "He's a very good player, his record suggests that as well.
"He goes under the radar a little bit, he's got a very good record and scores a lot of runs for them. He's a big player for them and it's important we try to get him out early in the morning."