The Maldives champions Maziya Sports and Recreation Club arrived in Dhaka on Friday to play Bangladesh champions Bashundhara Kings in their Group D away match of the AFC Cup Football. The vital match between Bangladesh and the Maldives giants will kick off at 6:00 pm Bangladesh time on Monday at the floodlight Bashundhara Kings Arena in the capital. Ahead of Monday's key match, Maziya SRC and Bashundhara Kings will have their final practice sessions on Sunday afternoon and evening, respectively, after addressing the official press conference in the afternoon. Two Indian clubs—Kolkata Mohun Bagan Super Giants and Odisha FC—will also play on Monday at 8:00 pm at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Bashundhara Kings, which were placed in four-team Group D of the AFC Cup with Odisha FC, Mohun Bagan Club of India, and Maziya SRC of the Maldives, had already played four matches. Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings made a frustrating start in the four-team Group D of the AFC Cup after suffering a 1-3 goal defeat against the Maldives in the group opener in Male, but they bounced back in the race, beating Odisha FC by 3-2 goals in their home match in Dhaka. The Kings played a 2-2 draw with Indian giant Mohun Bagan Club in their away match held in Odisha last month, and later they made history with their first-ever victory against Kolkata Mohun Bagan Club, beating them by 2-1 goals in the home match in Dhaka this month. On completion of four group matches, Bashundhara Kings and Kolkata Mohun Bagan Club lead the group table jointly, securing seven points each, while Maziya SRC is at the bottom with three points from four matches. The Kings will play their next match, an away match with Odisha FC of India, on December 11 at 8:00 pm Bangladesh time at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Each of the four Group D teams of the AFC Cup 2023–24, a second-tier Asian Continental Club Football Competition after the AFC Champions League, is playing each other in a home-and-away round-robin format. Later, the table-toppers will progress to the AFC Cup inter-zone play-off semi-finals.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has disclosed the ticket prices for the upcoming two-match test series featuring Bangladesh and New Zealand, set to commence on November 28 in Sylhet. For the first test match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS), the prices are as follows: Grand Stand at Tk 1,000; Club House at Tk 300; Eastern Gallery at TK 200; Western Gallery at Tk 100; and Green Hill Area at Tk 100. Bangladesh Women's Cricket team due to fly South Africa Saturday Ticket counters, situated at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) Main Gate Lakkatura and Sylhet District Stadium (Main Gate) Rikabibazar, will operate from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on match days and the day preceding. This series marks the commencement of the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, representing the first home series for the Tigers in this event. BCB has officially announced a 15-member squad for this series, with Najmul Hossain Shanto leading the team. Shanto, a left-handed top-order batter, assumed test captaincy for the first time, stepping in for the regular captain, Shakib Al Hasan, who is sidelined due to a finger injury. DRU Cricket: Holders Dainik Inqilab, Jagonews, ATN Bangla advance to quarter-finals on Day-3 Notably, three players are set to make their test debut for Bangladesh in this series: Hasan Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, and Hasan Morad. While Mahmud has prior experience in ODIs and T20Is, this marks his Test debut. Shahadat and Morad, on the other hand, have yet to make their international cricket debuts. While the first test of the two-match series will be played in Sylhet, the second and final match will be played in Dhaka on December 6. Marlon Samuels faces 6-year ban for breaching anti-corruption code Bangladesh squad for the New Zealand Test series: Najmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Naeem Hasan, Khaled Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, and Hasan Morad.
With a sweet memory of winning both the T20 and ODI home series against Pakistan this month, Bangladesh Women's Cricket team due to fly for South Africa Saturday (Nov 25) to play three-match T20I and three-match ODI series against the hosts. DRU Cricket: Holders Dainik Inqilab, Jagonews, ATN Bangla advance to quarter-finals on Day-3 The ensuing ODI series is a part of the ICC Women’s Championship. Nigar Sultana Joty-led Bangladesh Women's team will leave the capital for South Africa on Saturday early hour at 3:10 am (November 25) by an Emirates flight. Nahida Akhter will assist Nigar Sultana as the vice captain in the South Africa tour. Match Schedule: 1st T20I: 03 December at Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Day Match) 2nd T20I: 06 December at Kimberley Oval, Kimberley (D/N Match) 3rd T20I: 08 December at Kimberley Oval, Kimberley (D/N Match) 1st ODI: 16 December at Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium, East London (D/N Match) 2nd ODI: 20 December at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom (D/N Match) 3rd ODI: 23 December at Willowmoore Park, Benoni (D/N Match) Members of Bangladesh Women's Cricket team for the tour of South Africa: Nigar Sultana Joty (Captain), Nahida Akter (Vice Captain), Shamima Sultana, Murshida Khatun, Sobhana Mostary, Fargana Hoque Pinky, Lata Mondol, Shorna Akter, Ritu Moni, Shorifa Khatun, Sumaiya Akter, Rabeya, Sultana Khatun, Fahima Khatun, Marufa Akter and Disha Biswas. Cricket World Cup in India sets all-time tournament attendance record of 1.25 million Four stand-by cricketers are: Sharmin Akter Supta, Shanjida Akther Meghla, Fariha Islam Trisna and Nishita Akter Nishi
Three teams --holders Dainik Inqilab, Jagonews and ATN Bangla-- advanced to the quarter-finals of the Walton-DRU Media Cricket Tournament 2023 on the 4th day at the Outer Stadium in Palton, adjacent to Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday. Cricket World Cup in India sets all-time tournament attendance record of 1.25 million In all 12 matches--three of round 16 and nine 2nd round matches were decided on the 4th day of the meet on Thursday. In the day's round of 16 matches, defending champions Inqilab beat News 24, Jagonews defeated Rtv while ATN Bangla beat GTV to reach the last eight stages. National Cricket League: Rangpur trail by one run against Sylhet Besides, nine teams-- Ekattor TV, ATN News, Daily Star, BSS, Pratidiner Bangladesh, Ekhon TV, Business Standard, Bangla Vision and Dhaka Post--reached the round of 16 on Thursday.
West Indies bataman Marlon Samuels has been handed a six-year ban from all cricket activities, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed in a press note. The decision was reached by an independent anti-corruption tribunal, which found Samuels guilty of multiple breaches of the Emirates Cricket Board's (ECB) anti-corruption code. The charges against Samuels were brought forth by the ICC in its role as the Designated Anti-Corruption Official under the ECB Code. The tribunal, in its judgement in August this year, unanimously declared Samuels guilty of four offences. Also read: ICC World Cup 2023: Top Performers in Batting, Bowling and Fielding At a Glance Among these, Article 2.4.2 saw a majority decision against Samuels for failing to disclose the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality, or other benefits that could tarnish the participant or the sport's reputation. Another unanimous decision under Article 2.4.3 implicated Samuels for neglecting to disclose hospitality exceeding the value of US $750. The tribunal also found Samuels in violation of Articles 2.4.6 and 2.4.7 with unanimous decisions. The former charges him with failing to cooperate with the designated anti-corruption official's investigation, while the latter accuses him of obstructing or delaying the same investigation by concealing pertinent information. Also read: Cricket World Cup in India sets all-time tournament attendance record of 1.25 million The six-year ban, effective as of November 11, 2023, marks a stern response to Samuels' actions. Alex Marshall, the ICC General Manager for Human Resources and the Integrity Unit, emphasised the severity of the penalty. “Samuels played international cricket for close to two decades, during which he participated in numerous anti-corruption sessions and knew exactly what his obligations were under the Anti-Corruption Codes,” stated Marshall. “Though he is retired now, Mr. Samuels was a participant when the offences were committed. The six-year ban will act as a strong deterrent to any participant who intends to break the rules,” he added.
Lionel Messi led his Argentina lineup off the field because of a brawl between rival fans in Brazil, delaying the start of their South American World Cup qualifier by 27 minutes Tuesday at the Maracana Stadium. Messi's squad returned from the locker room after it was deemed to be safe and went on to win a tense match 1-0, staying on the pitch to celebrate with their fans long after the final whistle. “There was family of the players (there). We were more worried about that than playing the match,” Messi said after the match. “We did that (going to the locker room) because that was the way to make it all calm. From below, we couldn’t do much, we saw how they (police) hit people.” Read: Argentina beats Brazil 1-0 in World Cup qualifying after crowd violence delays start Players of both teams had earlier asked fans for calm, with Argentina goalkeeper Dibu Martinez racing to one of the rails in front of the visiting fans and urging police to stop the violence. Police used batons to break up the fights in the crowd, which started minutes after the national anthems echoed around the stadium. Parts of seating and other objects were thrown from both sides and hit some spectators behind one of the goals, and at least one fan left the stadium bleeding from his head. Argentina returned after 22 minutes in the locker rooms, and warmed up for several minutes before the game was finally started. Dozens of police surrounded Argentina fans as they cheered during the match, and even more security faced toward them on the pitch. Police gathered around the section that can hold about 3,000 fans. Col. Vagner Ferreira, the highest-ranking police officer in the stadium, blamed organizers for the lack of a barrier between home and visiting fans. He defended the actions of police. Read: Messi seeks 1st goal against Brazil in World Cup qualifying, hosts try to avert crisis in Rio “Every action demands a reaction. There is a history of confrontation here. At first we spoke to them. Then, we had to use our batons. There was no lethal force involved, no rubber bullets, no tear gas. This was a very technical approach,” Ferreira told TV channel SporTV. All 69,000 tickets for the match in Rio de Janeiro were sold. Brazil fans, who jeered and applauded Messi before the brawl began, chanted against him when he returned to the pitch. Brazil players remained on the pitch and warmed up while waiting for the Argentina team to return. Argentina leads South American World Cup qualifying with 15 points from six games. Brazil is in sixth position. Both teams had lost their previous games in the 10-team round-robin competition. The rivalry between Brazil and Argentina started at the club level and grew after the Argentinians won their first World Cup title in 1978. The Brazilians beat Argentina 3-1 in the second phase of the 1982 World Cup, and the Argentines responded with a 1-0 victory eight years later in the round of 16. The reginal rivals have since played fierce matches in World Cup qualifying and in Copa America, but not in World Cups. They were expected to face off in the semifinals last year in Qatar, but Brazil was knocked out by Croatia in the quarterfinals before Argentina went on to win the title for a third time. Read: FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Bangladesh team make gym, recovery session in Melbourne Sunday The heated debate over who is the best footballer in history, with most Brazilians going for Pelé and Argentinians split between Messi and Diego Maradona, has also intensified the rivalry. On Nov. 4, Brazil's Fluminense won the Copa Libertadores final at the Maracana Stadium after a week of street fights between some of its supporters and those of Argentina's Boca Juniors.
Many fans came to the Maracana Stadium on Tuesday to watch Lionel Messi in his likely last match in Brazil, a superclasico in World Cup qualifying against the hosts. Instead, they saw Nicolás Otamendi score the only goal in a 1-0 win for Argentina after a brawl between fans that delayed the start of the game. The World Cup champions inflicted the first home defeat on Brazil ever in World Cup qualifying. It was Brazil’s third consecutive loss in the round-robin tournament — another negative mark for new coach Fernando Diniz. Messi left the pitch in the 78th minute amid a mixture of jeers and applause from Brazil fans. Dozens of children arrived at the Maracana wearing the shirts of Barcelona, the star’s previous club, and Inter Miami. The Argentine star wasn’t able to end one of his last barriers in the sport at the Maracana, though, to score against the Brazilians in a World Cup qualifier. FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Shekh Morsalin guides Bangladesh to draw with Lebanon Argentina will return home not only atop the South American qualifying standings but also having given its fans one more chance to celebrate a victory at the historic stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Two years ago, Ángel di Maria scored the only goal in an empty Maracana to give his team the Copa America title. The violent pre-match incident, starting shortly after the national anthems, stalled the start for 27 minutes. Argentina, led by Messi, headed to the locker rooms for 22 minutes. At least one fan left the stadium bleeding from his head. Rio police said they had arrested eight people due to the brawl. FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Bangladesh to play Lebanon on Tuesday The aggression between fans was reflected on the field in the first 20 minutes of the encounter; the referee gave fouls against Brazil during that time. The tension eased and allowed Argentina to avoid direct confrontation. Brazil wasted opportunities, with Raphinha’s free kick in the 38th minute and Cristian Romero saving Argentina near the goal line six minutes later after a crossed shot by Gabriel Martinelli. Brazil suggested they would keep the pressure after the break. Rodrygo forced goalkeeper Dibu Martinez to a close-range save in the 54th. But Argentina’s goal in the 63rd with a header by Otamendi, who jumped above the Brazilian defenders to meet a corner kick, was one of the few chances the team created. Teenager Endrick, one of Brazil’s big hopes up front, didn’t make much difference after he went on in the 72nd. In the 81st, midfielder Joelinton, who had just stepped in as a substitute for Brazil, was sent off after pushing Rodrigo de Paul. Brazil fans ended the match chanting “ole” for every touch of the Argentinians, while the visiting supporters waved their shirts as some of their players celebrated on the pitch. Argentina leads the 10-team South American qualifying competition with 15 points from six matches, followed by Uruguay on 13 and Colombia. Brazil could end the year in sixth position, with seven points. The 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada will include 48 teams, meaning direct entry for the top six teams from South America. The seventh-place team can earn a berth in an intercontinental playoff. Also on Tuesday, Colombia won 1-0 at Paraguay; Uruguay beat Bolivia 3-0 in Montevideo; and Ecuador topped Chile 1-0. Peru and Venezuela were still playing at the time the Brazil vs. Argentina match ended. The seventh and eighth rounds of South American qualifying will take place in September after the next edition of Copa America in the United States.
Promising striker Shekh Morsalin guided hosts Bangladesh to a 1-1 draw with the superior Arabian rivals Lebanon in their home match of the four-team Group I of the FIFA World Cup Asian Qualfiers at the housefull floodlight Bashundhara Kings Arena here Tuesday evening. This was the first draw between 183rd-ranked Bangladesh and 104th-ranked Lebanon in their fourth meeting since 2011. Lebanon had the upper hand in three previous meetings, beating Bangladesh twice against one defeat. After a barren first half in the day's keenly contested match, substitute forward Majed Osman put Lebanon ahead in the 68th minute with an easy angular shot from a handshake distance, utilising blander mistakes by Bangladesh defender and substitute cusdodian Srabon (1-0). Morsalin, who returned to the national squad after facing suspension, levelled the margin for Bangladesh just four minutes later (72nd minute) by a powerful shot amid huge jubilations from house-full local fans (1-1). Bangladesh partly dominated over their superior rivals, Lebanon, except for the first ten minutes of the goalless first half, where they managed three good chances that were spoiled by Bishwanath Ghosh and Shekh Morsalin. Bishwanath Ghosh managed the first chance in the 24th minute off a Jamal Bhuyan corner, but his poor header nicely saved the opponent goalkeeper. Shekh Morsalin spoiled the remaining two chances in the 34th and 44th minutes as he failed to connect the ball home from close. The match was also keenly contested in the second half, when both teams scored one goal each and left the field sharing one point each. The Bangladesh team played the day's vital match without two key players, forward Rakib Hossain and defender Saaduddin, who missed the match against Lebanon for receiving the second yellow card in the last match against Australia. Earlier, in the FIFA World Cup Qualification in 2011, Bangladesh conceded a 0-4 goal defeat against Lebanon in the away match, but Bangladesh returned brilliantly, beating Lebanon by 2-0 goals in their home match 12 years ago. In the last SAFF Championship held in the Indian city of Bengaluru in June this year, Lebanon played as an invitee team and beat Bangladesh by 2-0 goals, both scored in the last ten minutes of the match.In their opening 2nd round Group I match of the going FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifers, Bangladesh made a frustrating start after conceding their 2nd worst 0-7 goals defeat against much stronger Australia in Melbourne last Thursday (Nov 16), featuring a hattrick by Maclaren.
Former Bangladesh opener Nafis Iqbal is set to make a comeback as the national team manager during the home series against New Zealand later this month. He previously served as the team manager leading up to the World Cup. However, for reasons undisclosed, he was sidelined during the tournament. Read: ICC World Cup: Champions to get $4 million in prize money besides trophy Sources from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have confirmed Nafis's return to his former position. The first match of the two-match Test series will commence in Sylhet on November 28th. BCB has already announced a 15-member team for this series. In the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, the regular captain, Najmul Hossain Shanto will lead the Bangladesh team. Read: World Cup 2023 Final: India stumble, lose 3 wickets before reaching 100 Bangladesh squad for New Zealand Test series: Najmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Naeem Hasan, Khaled Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Shahadat Hossain Dipu, Hasan Morad.
The 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup wrapped up with Australia beating India in the much awaited final, securing their sixth World Cup title with a six-wicket win. Across the tournament, numerous players showcased their skills and made their mark on the pitch. Let’s take a look at the top performers of ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023. Top Batters in ICC World Cup 2023 Table: Best 5 batters in the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup Tournament Player Matches Innings Runs High Score Average Strike Rate 100s 50s Virat Kohli (IND) 11 11 765 117 95.62 90.31 3 6 Rohit Sharma (IND) 11 11 597 131 54.27 125.94 1 3 Quinton de Kock (SA) 10 10 594 174 59.40 107.02 4 - Rachin Ravindra (NZ) 10 10 578 123* 64.22 106.44 3 2 Daryl Mitchell (NZ) 10 9 552 134 69.00 111.06 2 2 Virat Kohli (IND) Virat Kohli’s performance in the World Cup 2023 was nothing short of extraordinary. He scored six 50s and three centuries, setting a new tournament record with an aggregate of 765 runs. This surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 673 by an impressive margin of 92 runs. Kohli’s crucial innings, particularly his 85 against Australia in India’s tournament opener when they were 2 for 3, established the tone for his outstanding run. While much attention was given to his personal milestones, such as his 49th and 50th ODI centuries, Kohli ensured that his brisk run-scoring consistently contributed to the team’s success. Virat Kohli was honored with the Player of the Tournament award for his exceptional performance. Read more: Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Showing Light of Hope Rohit Sharma (IND) In nine out of 11 innings, Rohit Sharma consistently scored at least 40 runs, showcasing amazing consistency. In eight of these innings, he maintained a scoring rate of over a run per ball, achieving a strike rate exceeding 150 on four occasions. Balancing both run-scoring and quick-scoring is often challenging, but Rohit successfully managed it throughout the entire tournament. He secured the position of the second-highest run-scorer and among the 13 batsmen with at least 400 runs. Rohit’s 401 runs in the first powerplay were an impressive 54% better than the next-best (David Warner’s 260), and he contributed to 58% of India’s total runs while at the crease. Quinton de Kock (SA) In his farewell appearance in the 50-over World Cup format, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock ensured he departed with cherished memories, delivering an impressive performance. The left-hander scored 594 runs in ten games at an average of 59.40 with a 107.02 strike rate. Despite the Proteas being eliminated in the semi-final, De Kock’s remarkable contribution included four centuries, the highest in the tournament. These centuries not only delighted South African supporters but also entertained neutral fans, leaving a lasting impression in his last World Cup. Rachin Ravindra (NZ) In his debut World Cup appearance, New Zealand batter Rachin Ravindra made a significant impact by emerging as the highest-scoring Kiwi batsman at the 2023 edition. With a total of 578 runs and an impressive average of 64.22, Ravindra showcased his talent on the global stage. The left-hander illuminated the tournament with a brilliant century on the opening day against England. Demonstrating consistency and expertise with the bat, the 24-year-old Kiwi has undoubtedly set the stage for a promising future in international cricket. Daryl Mitchell (NZ) With Kane Williamson sidelined for a significant part of the tournament, New Zealand relied on other top-order batsmen to step up, and Daryl Mitchell, along with Rachin Ravindra, delivered splendid performances. Mitchell impressively scored at over a run per ball in seven out of nine innings, displaying crucial intent that disrupted bowlers and allowed New Zealand to score rapidly in the middle overs (11 to 40). Read more: ODI Batting Rankings: Mahmudullah’s ranking goes up During this phase, New Zealand’s run rate of 6.47 was the highest among all teams. Mitchell’s middle-order contributions were notable, accumulating 472 runs, second only to Kohli’s 576, at an excellent strike rate of 111.58. A significant factor in his success was his performance against spinners, scoring 234 runs at an average of 78 and a strike rate of 106.84.