The Walton 7th National Men's Baseball Tournament, organized by Bangladesh Baseball-Softball Association (BBSA), begins on September 30 at Palton Maidan here.
Eight teams, split in two groups, will initially compete on knock out basis in the three-day competition, sponsored by Walton Group.
The details of the Tournament disclosed by Tournament officials at a press conference here on Tuesday.
Executive Director of the meet's sponsor Walton Group FM Iqbal bin Anwar Dawn and BBSA General Secretary Aminul Islam Liton were present at the day's press conference.
Eight participating teams are:Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Ansar, Dhaka District, SKSP Sirajganj, Community SC, Sand Angel Baseball Club, DCC Baseball Club and SSC.
After the knock out basis first round, two group champions will play in the final on October 2.
Former national footballer and member of Swadhin Bangla Football team AKM Nowsheruzzaman passed away Monday night at a city hospital after suffering from Covid-19 .
The famed striker breathed his last at about 9:30pm on Monday after battling with coronavirus for about 13 days at ICU of the Ibne Sina Hospital in the capital .
The 72-year-old left behind his wife, a son and daughter and a large number of admirers to mourn his death.
The body of Nowsher was brought to Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday morning where a small number of sportsmen, organisers and sports lovers paid their tribute.
Most of his teammates, club mates and the top sportsmen and organisers were absent in his Janaja.
His first namaj-e-janaza was held at Bangabandhu National Stadium at about 10am before his mortal remains were taken to Munshiganj, where he was brought up.
Later, his body will be taken to his village home in Chandpur’s Matlab for burial. His third and final Janaja will be held at his home village in Chandpur after Asr prayers on Tuesday.
Earlier, he was admitted to Ibne Sina Hospital on September 7 in the capital after his health condition deteriorated. He was shifted to the ICU the next day as his condition further deteriorated. He was on life support.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina bore his medical expenses.
Nowsheruzzaman, a Dhaka University Blue Award winner, played for Bangladesh National Football team, clubs like Dhaka Mohammedan, Victoria SC, Dhaka Wanderers Club, Wari Club, Fire Services and WAPDA, apart from taking part in the Liberation War as a young member of Swadhin Bangla Football.
Nowsher, who emerged as the highest scorer in the Dhaka League in 1975 scoring 21 goals, also played cricket as opening batsman for Dhaka Mohammedan SC and Kalabagan KC.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Monday handed over the trophies that were pending to the winners of different league competitions over the last 5 years through a program held in front of federation ground in the city.
BFF President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin and Senior Vice President Abdus Salam Murshedy MP and other federation members and officials were present on the occasion.
The BFF distributed some 23 pending trophies of the Bangladesh Premier League, Championship League, Senior Division League, First Division, 2nd Division and 3rd Division Leagues for the last five years from 2015 to 2019.
Among the 23 trophies, six were for the league champions, eleven for the runners-up, three for the 3rd ranked, two for the 4th ranked and one for the 5th placed team.
Addressing the function, BFF boss Kazi Salahuddin congratulated the champion teams for their feats and hoped they will maintain their brilliant performances in future too.
Bangladesh's left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman is eager to represent the Tigers in all three formats of international cricket. The pacer is now busy training ahead of the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to start from October 24.
In the last five years since Mustafiz made his international debut, Bangladesh played 29 Tests. Of them, Mustafizur was a part of the Bangladesh team on 13 occasions - less than half. The team's think-tank has always viewed him as a weapon in limited-over cricket, where his appearances have been far more frequent.
Earlier this year, Bangladesh’s head coach Russell Domingo also said that he has no plans to play Mustafiz in the longer format of the game regularly, even as he rather insisted that Mustafiz will be his number one option in the pace-bowling department for the limited-over games.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selection committee, however, opted to include Mustafizur in the squad for the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, which may manifest a changed mindset about the left-arm pacer.
“I want to represent Bangladesh in every format of cricket. Currently, I have been working on the things that will help me become a bowler who can perform well in every format,” Mustafizur told the media on Monday after the second day of national team skill training camp.
“I am trying to absorb the art of swinging the ball. Our pace-bowling coach (Ottis Gibson) taught me how I can swing the ball better. He showed me some grips which are very helpful. I have been trying to learn it. I know it will take time. I believe I can do it if I work hard consistently,” Mustafizur added.
Mustafizur grabbed the limelight in his debut series against India in 2015 when he scalped two five-fors in his first two games for the Tigers. He played the pivotal role to win the maiden ODI series over India. Since then, Mustafizur has established himself as an integral part of Bangladesh limited-over team. But he failed to replicate the same performance in the longer format of the game despite taking four wickets in his debut against South Africa in 2015.
The long hiatus forced by the Covid-19 has interrupted Mustafizur’s work towards becoming an all-format bowler. However, he said the Covid-19 hiatus is on the past now and he is working hard to become a better bowler.
“There is a big difference between training at home and training outdoor with the team. All of us have worked more or less during the Covid-19 lockdown. But now, we are more focused as a team, and it always helps to train better when we are a team,” Mustafizur further told the media.
“It was tough to start the practice with the team. At first, I bowled with a shorter run-up. But now I have increased my run-up, and I’m doing well. Everything is going well,” Mustafizur also said to the media.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Sri Lanka tour is still under a cloud as the health department of Sri Lanka is yet to accept BCB’s proposal of a seven-day quarantine period instead of 14 days, which is mandatory for all who enter the island nation during the pandemic. During the last media interaction about the matter, BCB said they are still hopeful of a positive response from Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football champions Bashundhara Kings plan to tour the Maldives to play friendly football matches against two leading Maldives clubs—TC Sports and Maziya Sports and Recreation Club —in October.
National star-studded and the formidable foreign footballers based Bashundhara Kings are likely to fly for the Maldives in the middle of October to play friendly matches as a part of their preparation for the country's ensuing domestic football season.
Earlier, the Kings were placed in the four-team Group E of the Asian 2nd tier Club Football Tournament, the AFC Cup, were scheduled to play their five remaining group matches in the Maldives from October 23 to November 4 this year, but they suffered a big blow as the AFC Cup’ has been cancelled in the dying moment on September 10 due to flight restriction following Covid-19 pandemic.
As the apex body of Asian Football, the AFC, cancelled the AFC Cup’2020, featuring all the Group E matches in the Maldives, that make the Bashundhara Kings interested to start their preparation for the country’s domestic season in the Maldives, playing preparatory matches against their two Group E rivals--TC Sports and Maziya SRC of the Maldives,
Bashundhara Kings already brought their three foreign booters--Brazilians Robson Azevedo da Silva, Jonathan da Silveria Fernandes Reis and Argentine Hernan Barcos--in the capital on September 10 to join training camp for the AFC Cup and as well as for the ensuing domestic football season.
However, the country’s new domestic football season is likely to begin with the Federation Cup Football in the first week of December after completing the necessary registration formalities in October-November next.
In a professional football league committee meeting recently, the committee allowed maximum four foreign booters for a team including one from Asia and all the four foreign footballers will be entitled to play together in a match for the team.
Meanwhile, on last Saturday (Sept 19), Bashundhara Kings completed their quota of four foreign booters for the ensuing football season (2020-21) confirming 33 years old Iranian defender Khaled Shafiei in Asian quota.
Khaled Shafiei, who played in the Persian League for Sepahan FC and in the South Korean K-League for FC Seoul, is expected to arrive Dhaka in the first week of October as the club’s 4th and last foreign player as a replacement of their Argentine defender Nicholas Delmonte.
In the AFC Cup, BPL champions Kings was on the top of the four-team Group E after their 5-1 victory over Maldivian club TC Sports in the first match at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on March 11.
Chennai City FC of India and Maziya S&RC of the Maldives shared the second slot following a 2-2 draw between the two teams played in Chennai, also on March 11.