Sirajganj, Sept 09 (UNB) – Chandaikona Union made a good start in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman Inter-Union Gold Cup Under-17 Football Tournament beating Sonakhara Union by 1-0 goal in the opening match at Raiganj Pilot High School ground here on Sunday.
Assistant Commissioner (Land) of Raiganj Upazila Nusrat Azmeri Haque inaugurated the meet Sunday afternoon.
Dhaka, Sep 9 (UNB) – Defending champions India defeated the Maldives by 2-0 goals in the Group ‘B’ last match of the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) on Sunday.
India took the lead in the 36th minute as midfielder Nikhil Poojari’s right footed shot from the centre of the box fired the bottom right corner of the post, 1-0.
Indian forward Manvir Singh doubled the winning margin in the 44th minute by a right footed shot from the left side of the box to find the bottom right corner of the post off defender Jerry Lalrinzuala pass, 2-0.
Seven times champions India dominated throughout the match in terms of keeping 60 percent ball positions, but the Maldives were ahead of India in the contest in consideration of fruitless attacks.
India created eight attempts whiles the Maldives 14.
India will play Group ‘A’ runners-up Pakistan in the second semifinal while the Maldives will take on Group ‘A’ Champions Nepal in the 1st semifinal, both at BNS on September 12.
Despite the day’s loss, the Maldives reached into the semifinals from three-team Group ‘B’, favoured by toss winning.
The Maldives and Sri Lanka tied on one point each from two games apiece with a draw and a loss against India by 0-2 margins.
Sri Lanka eliminated from the race, starting the campaign with 0-2 against India and a goalless loss against the Maldives.
Dhaka, Sep 9 (UNB) - Bangladesh cricket team bowling coach Courtney Walsh hopes that pacer Mustafizur Rahman will gain his peak form in the upcoming six-nation Asia Cup, which will begin in Dubai on September 15.
“He [Mustafiz] has very special skills. We need to have him around to give us a chance to do well. I think he will always give you the edge. We are hoping he can reach his peak during the Asia Cup,” said Walsh.
The injury-prone cutter master has been in and out of action lately. He sustained shoulder and ankle injuries in 2017, and earlier this year he injured his left toe while playing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
“He is not where he’d like to be. He did well in the West Indies when he joined us. If, those injuries stay behind him, he will only get better,” Walsh added.
The Fizz subsequently missed the national side’s away series against Afghanistan in June, and the two-Test series in the Caribbean thereafter. He made his return in the limited-overs leg of the series, though, and recently revealed he had recovered fully, but needed to “find better rhythm”.
“I haven’t had a chance (to work with him) due to his injuries, but I am hoping during the Asia Cup, we can do some work. He is coming with some confidence. Hopefully, he will get a lot fitter. He keeps getting slight injuries.”
Walsh added that he was keen on fine-tuning Fizz’s considerable skill set. “I don't think his workload needs to be managed. He is bowling pretty well. I would like to do more skill work with him.”
Walsh came up with these comments a day before the Bangladesh cricket team left for the UAE on Sunday.
Two times Asia Cup finalists Bangladesh placed in Group ‘B’ alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan for the group campaign and will play Sri Lanka in the tournament opener on September 15 in Dubai before taking on Afghanistan on September 20 in Abu Dhabi.
However, Group ‘A’ comprises the defending champions India, Pakistan and the winner of the Asia Cup Qualifier 2018 Hong Kong.
Dhaka, Sept 09 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ansar emerged the champions of the 25th National Karate Championship securing eight gold, two silver and five bronze medals that concluded at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.
Bangladesh Army finished close runners-up collecting eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals while Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was placed distant 3rd with one gold, one silver and three bronzes.
Chairman of the Chattogram Hill Tracts Development Board Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura distributed the prizes among the winners as the chief guest in the closing ceremony.
President of the Bangladesh Karate Federation and Commissioner of Anti-corruption Commission Dr M Mozammel Haque Khan presided over the function.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – A strong Bangladesh Cricket team led by ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza left the capital for United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday evening at 7:30 pm by an Emirates flight to participate in the six-nation Asia Cup Cricket beginning in Dubai on September 15.
Two times Asia Cup finalists Bangladesh put in Group B with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, will play Sri Lanka in the opening match on Sept 15 in Dubai and meet Afghanistan on September 20 in Abu Dhabi in day-night matches with a sweet memory of series win against hosts West Indies.
The ensuing Asia Cup will be held in the new format where six participating teams will initially compete in two groups and later two top teams from each of the groups will play in the super four stage.
Bangladesh team have departed today for participating in Asia Cup UAE 2018. pic.twitter.com/foJC1HtATZ— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) September 9, 2018
Bangladesh’s Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan is scheduled to reach UAE from USA to join the team on Sunday, denying all the allegation of his poor fitness.
Ahead of the tour, BCB earlier faced an awkward and embarrassing situation over the confusion centring Shakib Al Hasan's fitness for the Asia Cup as he (Shakib) informed media that he was ‘20-30 per cent fit’ for the tournament, adding that the top players cannot play with such low levels of fitness.
However, Shakib included in the 16-man Asia Cup squad as understood that BCB president Nazmul Hassan suggested Shakib to have the surgery after the tournament, skipping him from the Zimbabwe series in October.
Top order batsman Mominul Haque was included in the squad as a backup player if Shakib fails to play.
Reliable all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad, who returned home after playing the Caribbean Premier League, accompanied the team with light injury grabbed opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and Nazmul Hossain Shanta.
But, Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon and chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu failed to accompany the team due to visa-related complexities.
Shujon, who was included in the team as manager in the dying moment, failed to process the visa in time due to late inclusion while Nannu’s visa has been delayed due to personal reasons.
However, both of them are expected to join the team before the opening match on Sept 15.
Meanwhile, Tigers’ ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has pledged to contribute his best for the team in the ensuing Asia Cup.
Addressing a press conference in Mirpur recently, Mashrafe said, “I did not have any specific target in the West Indies tour. This time, I also do not have any specific target, but excepting to contribute my best for the team.”
Two landmarks reckon the Bangladesh captain having 245 wickets in 190 ODIs. He needs three more wickets to overcome Pakistani speed start Shoaib Akhter’s 247 wickets and five more to reach the 250-wicket club in ODI cricket.
Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider
Standby: Mominul Haque (back up for Shakib)