The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has decided to refund the money potential spectators paid for the 4th and 5th days of the Kolkata Test that came to an immature end during the first session of the 3rd day at the famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata last Sunday.
The Kolkata Test between hosts India and Bangladesh turned to a festive occasion for the first ever Pink-Ball day–night Test in the subcontinent and organizer CAB were found in happy mood as tickets for first four days and most of the tickets for the 5th day were sold out, but now they have to refund the last two days’ tickets due to Bangladesh’s dismal performance.
Bangladesh suffered an innings and 46 run-defeat against hosts and world number one Test team India in the Kolkata Test to suffer a whitewash in the two-match series following another debacle in the first Test in Indore.
CAB sold most of their tickets online through agent ‘Book Myshow’, who have already sent a message to ticket holders of the 4th and 5th days to refund their money within a week, as per direction of CAB.
The CAB are also thinking of refunding money of those who did not purchase their tickets online.
The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of world cricket governing body ICC is scrutinising Bangladesh's Indian local/liaison manager Tapan Chaki’s activities during the pink ball Kolkata Test against hosts India at Eden Gardens.
Tapan was appointed as the liaison manager for the Bangladesh team during their stay in Kolkata by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
An official of the BCCI informed that Tapan Chaki was warned several times not to use his mobile phone during the match, but he breached the code’s instruction of not using phone inside Bangladesh’s dressing room during the match.
“Chaki will be called for a hearing soon. If he is found guilty, the ACSU will take next action next,” the BCCI official added.
ACSU, the watchdog of ICC, protects all types of cricket under the auspices of the ICC and monitored players’ activities on the ground and at the team hotel.
Bangladesh lost two-match Test series 0-2 against India. The Tigers suffered an embarrassing an innings and 46 runs in the 2nd Test in Kolkata at the Eden Gardens, lasting only 47 minutes into Day 3.
This was the first day-night Test in the subcontinent and the first pink-ball Test for both India and Bangladesh as well.
Chattogram Challengers will take on Sylhet Thunder in the opening match of the seven–team new-look Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on December 11 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur.
The match will kick off at 12:30pm at the home of Bangladesh Cricket.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the league on December 8 at a gala opening ceremony.
Cumilla Warriors will play Rangpur Rangers in the other opening day’s match which will begin at 5:20pm under floodlight at the same venue.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday announced the itinerary of the seven-team league named after Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On the next day (Dec 12), Dhaka Platoon will play Rajshahi Royals in the first match at 12:30pm while Khulna Tigers will encounter Chattogram Challengers in the evening match at 5:20 pm at the same venue.
Seven teams -- Chattogram Challengers, Cumilla Warriors, Dhaka Platoon, Khulna Tigers, Rajshahi Royals, Rangpur Rangers and Sylhet Thunder -- will complete in the five-week long double-league basis competition.
After the first leg matches end in Dhaka on December 14, the league matches will be played in Chattogram from December 17-24, again in Dhaka from December 27-31, in Sylhet from January 2-4 and again in Dhaka from January 7.
The first qualifier (between first and 2nd position teams) will be held on January 13 from 5:20pm at SBNCS in Dhaka and the eliminator (between 2rd and 4th position teams) will held on the same day at 5:20 pm at the same venue.
The 2nd qualifier (between winners of eliminator and loser of first qualifier) will be held on January 15 and the final will commence on January 17 at 7 pm at the same venue.
Rafael Nadal gave all he had on the Caja Mágica center court in Madrid.
The top-ranked Spanish star even admitted he risked getting injured by playing eight matches — five singles, three doubles — in six days at the Davis Cup Finals, the new World Cup of men's team tennis.
Nadal won all his matches, leading Spain to its sixth Davis Cup with a victory over first-time finalist Canada on Sunday.
But in Nadal's opinion, the only hero for Spain was grieving teammate Roberto Bautista Agut. He sent Spain on its way to victory by winning the first singles match on Sunday, three days after the death of his father.
"I've won the eight matches but the person who was vital in this Davis Cup was Roberto," Nadal said. "For me, what he did was something almost (super) human. I don't know how to explain it. It will be an example for the rest of my life. He had to leave, then his dad died, then he came back and practiced with us yesterday, and today he was ready again to play at a very high level. It was something incredible."
Before Nadal defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 (7) to clinch the title — Spain's first since also winning at home in 2011 — Bautista Agut had given Spain a 1-0 lead by beating Félix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Bautista Agut pointed his finger to the sky after winning the final point in his match, and was in tears while speaking briefly to the crowd, which chanted his name.
"It was an amazing feeling on the court today," said Bautista Agut, who was the Spanish player lifting the cup in the title celebrations.
Bautista Agut's father died on Thursday — a day after his son had defeated Nikola Mektic of Croatia — with his health deteriorating quickly after an illness that stemmed from a 2016 accident.
It was Nadal who had tears in his eyes when Bautista Agut thanked him for his efforts during the tournament.
"You gave us goosebumps all week, especially today," Bautista Agut said. "Thank you. I'm sure that next year you will do it again."
The 31-year-old Bautista Agut, No. 9 in the world, played as teammates Pablo Carreño Busta and Marcel Granollers nursed injuries entering the final.
"I had the opportunity to play today because all the team and all the players did an unbelievable effort since the first day," Bautista Agut said.
Nadal considered himself lucky to be able to play all matches.
"It's true that I held up, but we know that playing so many matches in this (hard court) surface is risky for me, something can happen at any time," Nadal said. "That's how it's been in the past, but luckily I held up."
Spain's Marcel Granollers and Feliciano López had been scheduled to face Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil in the now canceled doubles, although Nadal was likely to play if the title had been at stake. Nadal played in the decisive doubles on Friday and Saturday.
Voted the tournament's best player, Nadal sealed the title with his 29th straight Davis Cup singles win, igniting the home crowd's celebrations.
Tournament organizer and Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, his wife Shakira — who performed in the closing ceremony — and Spanish King Felipe VI were among those celebrating Spain's triumph.
Spain's other Davis Cup titles were in 2000, '04, '08, '09 and '11.
Canada was seeking its first Davis Cup title since debuting in the competition in 1913.
"I feel like we've really come really far as a team, as a nation," the 20-year-old Shapovalov said. "Definitely we're super proud. Obviously it sucks, sucks losing in the finals. But I'm super proud of everyone. We've put in 120% every single day. It's amazing how far we've been able to come."
The Canadians eliminated Italy and the United States in the group stage, and Australia and Russia in the knockout rounds.
The 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime lost to Bautista Agut while making his debut in this year's tournament. He was coming off an ankle injury that had seen him sidelined through the group stage and the quarterfinals and semifinals.
Canada came to Madrid without Milos Raonic because of a back injury. Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil were the only players who had competed until Sunday.
Spain beat Russia and Croatia in the group stage, and Argentina and Britain in the knockout rounds.
The new Davis Cup Finals is the result of a 25-year partnership between the International Tennis Federation and the Kosmos group co-founded by Piqué. For the first time, 18 nations played in the same venue in a single week, instead of head-to-head matches that used to take place over four weekends throughout the year.
The tournament returns to Madrid next year.
Tech Republic clinched the Akash Amateur Champions Trophy Cricket title
beating SPZ Boyz by 37 runs in the final match at ULAB Playground in Mohammadur area in the capital on Saturday.
In the final match, Tech Republic batted first after winning the toss and scored 158 runs for 7 in 20 overs and later they all out SPZ Boys for 121 runs in 18.2 overs to earn a comfortable victory.
Mokhlasur Rahman of the winning team was adjudged man of the match scoring 37 runs off 21 balls. He also named as player of the tournament.
Besides, Team Tiger Cricketers (TTC) emerged unbeaten champions in the plate group of the tournament while Hustlers CC named as the Bowl Champions.
After the match, Chairman of the Sylhet Sixers ShahedMuhith was present at the presentation ceremonyof the meet while Head of Marketing of Beximco Communications Muhammad AbulKhair Chowdhury handed over the trophies and prizes.
Three BPL teams--Rangpur Riders, Khulna Titans and SylhetSixers, organized the tournament for the 3rdtime in the country with Akash DHT as title sponsor.
The Amateur Champions Trophy, a corporate T20 tournament, started from October 18 with the participation of 24 teams and concluded on Saturday. The formal name of the tournament is Akash presents Amateur Champions Trophy (ACT 2019) powered by Nokia.