Bangladesh ODI captain and brand ambassador of Walton Group Mashrafe Bin Mortaza visited the Walton Factory at Chandra in Gazipur on Monday.
Mashrafe, a parliament member from Narail-2 constituency, played cricket with factory officials and workers of the Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited and gave them some tips on cricket during his day-long tour.
Mashrafe also visited the production procedures of refrigerators, compressors, air conditioners and televisions of the Walton brand.
Later, the Mashrafe-fan Walton workers presented him a Walton Smart LED TV.
During his visit to the factory, Mashrafe said, “Walton is not only manufacturing high standard products and services for home and foreign markets, but also playing an important role in the development of country’s cricket by sponsoring the international cricket tournaments and local first class crickets.”
“It’s a good experience for me to visit the Walton factory,” he added.
Earlier, chairman of the Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited SM Nurul Alam Rezvi welcomed Mashrafe at the factory.
Executive Director and CEO (Refrigerator) Engineer Golam Morshed and Executive Director Uday Hakim were present on the occasion.
A seven-digit send-off has Australia batsman Steve Smith motivated for an improved performance against Pakistan in the second cricket Test.
Smith was looking to extend his strong form that netted him 774 runs in seven innings when Australia retained the Ashes in England. But in the first innings of the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane last Saturday, Smith faced only nine balls and was bowled by Yasir Shah for four runs.
Shah raised his thumb and four fingers one hand, and two fingers on the other, marking the number of times he has got Smith out in Test cricket, in an act noted as "interesting" by the Australian.
"It gave me a bit more motivation next game to not get out to him," Smith said Tuesday at Adelaide Oval, where the day-night Test begins Friday. "So I will probably be a little bit more disciplined against him."
Australia didn't need to bat again in Brisbane, winning by an innings and five runs on Sunday with more than a day to spare.
Smith then inflicted some self-abuse by running the three kilometers (two miles) back to the hotel instead of catching the team bus. That was on top of training in the batting nets not long after his dismissal.
"I always punish myself when I get no runs, just like I reward myself when I score runs with a chocolate bar at the end of the night if I get a hundred," he said. "So yeah, if I get no runs I always like to have a run or go to the gym or do something just to give myself a bit of a punishment."
England paceman Stuart Broad has dismissed Smith eight times in Tests — the only bowler to get the former Australia captain out more than leg-spinner Shah.
But Broad's total has come in 24 Tests while Shah has played in only six Tests against Smith.
"I feel the times he (Shah) has got me out, I have been on a few runs," Smith said. "I have been slogging in a couple of second innings ones where I was playing some funky shots and stuff so I'm not too worried."
West Indies will face a stern test against Afghanistan bowlers, led by captain Rashid Khan's legspin, when the teams meet in a one-off Test in this northern Indian city beginning Wednesday.
Both teams are familiar with the conditions in Lucknow after West Indies whitewashed Afghanistan 3-0 in the ODI series before Afghanistan came back to clinch the Twenty20 series 2-1.
Karim Janat, a 21-year-old allrounder who played a vital role in the Twenty20 series with 5-11 in the second game with his seam bowling, has received his first Test call-up. Another young fast bowler, Nijat Masood, is also among the 15-member squad in which left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak is making a comeback after two years.
Afghanistan will be without veteran allrounder Mohammad Nabi, who announced his retirement from Test cricket after beating Bangladesh by 223 runs in a one-off Test in September.
Rashid took a match haul of 11 wickets against Bangladesh in his first Test as Afghanistan captain that paved the way for an emphatic victory, but Nabi bowled extensively in that game and his absence might be felt in Lucknow.
Afghanistan has experienced former captain Asghar Afghan and Rahmat Shah to form the nucleus of its batting lineup. Shah scored 102 and Afghan narrowly missed out on his century when he was out for 92 against Bangladesh.
West Indies captain Jason Holder said his side is wary of the spin-friendly slow wicket in Lucknow.
"Afghanistan will be no pushovers, especially in these conditions which they are familiar with," Holder said. "It will be up to our batsmen to negotiate their spinners and do it well. I believe we have the quality to do that."
West Indies has depth in its batting lineup to challenge the spin threat of Rashid and company with the likes of Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Roston Chase.
Holder says the Lucknow wicket and others like in India or Pakistan don't offer the bounce that they get at home.
"In the Caribbean, you get more bounce than we have seen in the surfaces here, even though we have noticed the pace of the pitches back home has slowed down a bit," Holder said. "For me the skill level of our bowlers is what has really done it for us."
Afghanistan (from): Rashid Khan (captain), Asghar Afghan, Ihsanullah Janat, Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Karim Janat, Qais Ahmed, Ikram Alikhiel, Afsar Zazai, Nasir Jamal, Zahir Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Hamza Hotak, Nijat Masood.
West Indies (from): Jason Holder (captain), Shai Hope, John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Shamrah Brooks, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Sunil Ambris, Jomel Warrican, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph.
Cricket Australia paid tribute to Phillip Hughes on the eve of the five-year anniversary of his death after he was felled by a short-pitched delivery in a domestic first-class match.
Hughes died at the age of 25 after being struck by a bouncer while batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match on Nov. 25, 2014 against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
He was wearing a helmet, but the ball struck an unprotected area just below his left ear. Hughes sustained a brain hemorrhage and died two days later without regaining consciousness at a nearby hospital.
"There hasn't been a single day over these last five years when Phillip's loss hasn't been felt acutely by the Australian cricket family," Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said Tuesday.
Hughes had played 25 Test matches for Australia and 24 one-day internationals. He also spent several years playing county cricket in England.
Cricket Australia hopes to enforce the use of neck protectors to avoid a repeat of what happened to Hughes.
Test batsman and former Australia captain Steve Smith was initially reluctant to wear the neck guard, saying it felt like he was restricted as if inside an MRI machine.
But after hitting 211 in one innings of the recent Ashes series while wearing the guard, Smith said he had changed his mind and would likely wear one in future. Cricket Australia hopes the use of the neck guard will eventually be made mandatory.
New Zealand Cricket will contact Jofra Archer to apologize after a fan racially abused the England fast bowler at the end of the first test between the teams on Monday.
Archer, who is black, was abused as he left the field after New Zealand clinched victory by an innings and 65 runs, the governing body said in a statement. It was unable to locate the person who hurled racial abuse and will be making further inquiries on Tuesday.
NZC said it was an "unacceptable experience" for Archer, and promised "increased vigilance in the matter" for the second test in Hamilton.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said it was also looking into the matter.
Archer tweeted about the incident, saying it was a "bit disturbing hearing racial insults today whilst battling to help save my team."
NZC said on Tuesday it will search CCTV footage from the Bay Oval in an effort to identify the spectator responsible for the racist comments. Security staff at the venue, which was hosting a test match for the first time, had not been immediately able to find the person.
NZC said it has zero tolerance towards abusive or offensive language and will refer any developments to police.
Archer was playing a test outside England for the first time. He took 1-107 in New Zealand's first innings of 615-9 and made a career-best 30 in England's second innings of 197.
The New Zealand team later tweeted support for Archer: "We are shocked and disappointed to hear of the verbal abuse Jofra Archer received after the test today. (England) might be our rivals but they're also our friends and racist abuse is never okay."
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said he would seek out Archer ahead of the second test, which begins in Hamilton on Friday, to apologize in person.
Williamson, who lives near the Bay Oval, said he wasn't aware of the racial abuse during the match and was "100 percent" shocked to learn of it later.
"It's a horrific thing," Williamson told the Stuff news website. "In a country and a setting where it is very much multi-cultural it's something we need to put to bed quickly and hope nothing like that ever happens again. It certainly won't if there's any influence we can have on it."
The ECB said that "whilst this is a relatively isolated incident there is absolutely no place for anti-social or racist behavior within the game and it is vitally important that all spectators feel able to come forward to report such behavior and feel safe in doing so."