Dhaka, Oct 19 (UNB) – A 31-member Bangladesh U-19 Women’s Football team will leave here for Tajikistan Friday (October 19) morning to compete in the Group D matches of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers beginning in Dushanbe on Wednesday.
Bangladesh, which was placed in Group D of the AFC meet along with Asian giant South Korea, Chinese Taipei and hosts Tajikistan, will play South Korea in the opening match on October 24, face Chinese Taipei on Oct 26 and hosts Tajikistan on Oct 28, all in the Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe.
Mishrat Jahan Mousumi retained as captain while Maria Manda made her deputy in the Tajikistan bound Bangladesh team, consists of the players that played in the SAFF U-18 Championship in Bhutan.
After winning two consecutive trophies of AFC U-16 Championship at home and SAFF U-18 Championship in Bhutan, Bangladesh have to face a tough challenge against Asian giant South Korea and looking for runners-up position to qualify for the next round as the best two runners-up of the six Asian groups.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) - Vice President of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Badal Roy has demanded the resignation of BFF President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin for his failure of keeping his election commitments and financial irregularities.
Speaking in a gathering of Dhaka based clubs at a hotel Wednesday evening, former national star player Badal Roy said, “Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has failed to comply with the demand of modern day football and become a hub of financial irregularities.”
“Seven lakhs dollars, provided by FIFA for the BFF Academy has a misappropriate use, the money was not fully spent for the academy, the FIFA fund for Development was also not used properly, so, Kazi Salahuddin should resign admitting his failure” said Badal Roy, a celebrated booters in his playing days.
Some 40 representatives of 56 Bangladesh Championship League, First, Second and Third Division League Clubs were present in the meeting.
Football organizer cum President of Arambagh KS Muminul Huq Saeed proposed to form an organization of the clubs and it was accepted by the club representatives.
Chairman of the SAIF Global Sports Tarafder Md. Ruhul Amin demanded the explanation of why his company Saif Powertec was refrained by BFF from the sponsorship of 1st, 2nd and 3rd division football leagues.
Former football star like Sheikh Md. Aslam, Abdul Gaffar, Imtiaz Sultan Johnny, Hasanuzzaman Bablu, football organizer cum chief of Bangladesh Naval Police Shiekh Md. Maruf Hasan, football organizers Alimuzzman Alam and Abu Hasan Chowdhury Prince also spoke on the occasion.
Madrid, Oct 18 (AP/UNB) — Gerard Pique is not worried about the possible absence of some top players in the revamped Davis Cup, especially since Rafael Nadal has said he will play in the new-look competition when it debuts next year.
The Barcelona defender, who spearheads the company behind the new format of the Davis Cup, said Wednesday that Nadal has told him he will play as long as he is not injured.
"If the No. 1 in the world is playing, that's more than enough," Pique said in the official presentation of Madrid as host of the Davis Cup finals for the next two years. "Rafa is very positive about this event, especially because it is taking place in Madrid."
The new event was developed in a partnership between the International Tennis Federation and the investment group Kosmos, which was founded by the Barcelona and Spain player.
Pique said he knows it will not be easy to have all top-ranked players participating.
"This is a team event, so it's impossible to have all the top players involved. Some teams won't qualify, not everybody will be able to play anyway," Pique said. "Of course we would like to have the top players, but we want to focus on the teams."
Stars such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have already hinted they don't intend to play. Djokovic said the tournament could be competing with the ATP's World Team Cup, while Federer said the revamped Davis Cup didn't seem to be designed for him.
Pique said he already didn't expect Federer to be playing, noting the Swiss veteran has limited his tournament schedule in recent years and might not "have the legs" to play in the Davis Cup again. He said he still hoped to convince Djokovic, though.
"I have a lot of confidence that we can negotiate and the top players will play," Pique said.
The new format of tennis' top team event will be a season-ending, 18-team tournament, but teams will still play matches in February to advance to the championship in November. The Davis Cup has previously been played over four weekends throughout the year.
The first championship will be held next year from Nov. 18-24 on an indoor hardcourt at the Magic Box arena, which already hosts the Madrid Masters. The ITF said players will compete for prize money that will rival what is offered in Grand Slams.
Pique said there is no "perfect date" for the tournament as the tennis calendar is very tight, but he was happy with the week they picked.
"We've spoken with everybody," he said. "We think this is a week that won't affect any of the other tournaments. We want to be well seen in the tennis world. We are here to help. We think this will be a magical week for the world of tennis."
The 2018 Davis Cup semifinalists — Croatia, France, Spain and the United States — have already secured their spot in next year's tournament, along with Argentina and Britain.
Defending champion France will host Croatia in the last Davis Cup final in the current format from Nov. 23-25 in Lille.
Pallekele, Oct 18 (AP/UNB) — Leg spinner Adil Rashid took four wickets and captain Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 58 to lift England to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third one-day international Wednesday as the visitors took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
England won the toss and elected to field in a match reduced to 21 over per side because of rain at Pallekele. Sri Lanka made 150-9 in its 21 overs with Niroshan Dickwella top scoring with 36.
Rashid returned 4-36 in five overs while Tom Curran had 3-17 off four overs.
England reached their target for three wickets and 15 deliveries remaining. Morgan made 58 not out off 49 deliveries including seven boundaries while Jason Roy made 41.
Sri Lanka got off to a brisk start as Dickwella and Sadeera Samarawickrama shared 57 runs for the first wicket by the sixth over. Dickwella was first to be dismissed for 36 in 20 deliveries caught by Chris Woakes off Curran. Dickwella hit eight boundaries.
Kusal Mendis was out first ball, bowled by Rashid. Samarawickrama made 35 before being caught by Woakes off Rashid.
English bowlers picked up wickets regularly thereafter to restrict the home team to a below par score.
England lost two quick wickets in their chase with opener Jonny Bairstow (4) and Joe Root (8) departing early.
Left-arm spinner Amila Aponso picked up both wickets having Bairstow caught by Thisara Perera and bowling Root with straight delivery to leave England 34 for two.
Roy and Morgan shared 46 runs for the third wicket.
Roy took only 26 deliveries for his 41 runs which included two sixes and three boundaries. He was declared out lbw on review off spin bowler Dhananjaya de Silva.
Ben Stokes remained not out on 35 and shared an unbroken 73-run stand with Morgan.
Morgan credited his bowlers for the victory.
"Sri Lanka came out fighting with the bat earlier on, knocked us back a little bit but three of our bowlers were outstanding today, he said. "If (the batters) get an opportunity to put away a bad ball and impose themselves on the game, they have full license to do that, that's the way they play."
Sri Lanka's Perera said his team's plan of trying to put England under pressure by getting a big score may have misfired.
"We were thinking we have only 21 overs so we have to get more runs on the board otherwise we can't put pressure on the England team. Actually we were 30, 35 runs short."
The first game ended in no result due to rain and the fourth match will be played at the same venue on Saturday.
Brussels, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — Arnaut Groeneveld celebrated his first start for the Netherlands by scoring a first-half equalizer Tuesday as the Dutch drew 1-1 with neighbor Belgium.
The 21-year-old midfielder who plays for Belgium's Club Brugge rounded off a flowing Dutch move in the 27th minute, controlling the ball with his left foot and shooting under Simon Mignolet with his right after Memphis Depay threaded a pass between two Belgian defenders.
Dries Mertens had given Belgium an early lead with a powerful volley in the fifth minute of the 127th lowlands derby.
Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman made six changes to the team that beat Germany 3-0 on Saturday, while Roberto Martinez made five changes from Friday's 2-1 victory over Switzerland
Belgium dominated the opening phase, barely allowing the Netherlands a touch of the ball as Eden Hazard orchestrated repeated attacks.
Mertens opened the scoring in just the fifth minute with a stinging volley after Donny van de Beek had headed clear a cross by Hazard.
Martinez substituted Hazard at halftime for his brother Thorgan and also rested Romelu Lukaku and Mertens for the second half of the match.
Defender Nathen Ake came close to scoring a winner in the 79th minute but his powerful header was well saved by Simon Mignolet. At the other end, Jasper Cillessen reacted quickly to save a snapshot by Michy Batshuayi in the 87th.