In an election held on Friday, Sayeeduzzaman and Anisur Rahman have been elected as president and general secretary respectively of the Bangladesh Sports Journalist Association (BSJA).
Sayeeduzzaman will take on the role from Motaher Hossain Masum who served as the last president of BSJA.
According to the final result, Sayeeduzzaman of Kalerkantha secured 43 votes to be elected as the president of BSJA for the third time. Along the way, he beat Arifur Rahman Babu of Jagonews24.
Ansiur of the Daily Star beat Zahid Chowdhury of Maasranga Television securing 54 votes.
“It was great to win the election and take on the role again,” Sayeduzzaman said after winning the election. “We will work hard to make BSJA the number one association of the sports journalists.”
The other winners are— vice-presidents Saidur Rahma Shamim (Channel I), Rayhan Al Mughni (Global Sports) and Barshan Kabir (Ntv), joint-secretary SM Sumon (Boishakhi TV), treasurer Mazhar Uddin Omi (Daily Star).
Six members have been elected as the Executive Committee Members, and they are— Minhaz Uddin Khan (Dhaka Tribune), Samina Roshni, Samiul Haque Tito (T Sports), Manzor Morshed (Jamuna TV), Jotirmoy Mondal (Jugantor) and Robiul Islam Robi (Bangla Tribune).
Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury was the election commissioner of this election.
India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, who made his one-day international debut against Pakistan in Dhaka way back in 2008, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Friday.
"I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love," Yusuf tweeted, tagging a retirement statement.
"The time has come today for me to put a full stop to this innings of my life. I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game," wrote the 38-year-old all-rounder, who hails from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat.
A right-handed batsman and a right-arm off break bowler, Yusuf played 57 ODIs and 22 T20 internationals for India since making his international debut. He scored 810 ODI runs and picked up 46 wickets for India. He was also part of two World Cup winning teams.
"Winning two World Cups for India and lifting Sachin Tendulkar on my shoulders were some of the best moments of my career," wrote Yusuf, also the elder brother of another former India cricketer Irfan Pathan.
The hard-hitting middle-order batsman also played 100 first-class matches, scoring 4,825 runs and bagging 201 wickets. He last played for India in an ODI against South Africa in March 2012. He, however, did not play a single Test match for India.
Yusuf and Irfan hogged the limelight last year by doing philanthropic work during Covid-19 when they distributed face masks free of cost to the needy. The duo also runs the Cricket Academy of Pathans, where former India coach Greg Chappell is the chief mentor.
Can Bangladesh rely on Tamim Iqbal's captaincy in the Bangladesh v Newzealand ODI series? Tamim will be facing the toughest battle of his short ODI captaincy career when taking on New Zealand away from home in late March 2021. Bangladesh will play 3 ODIs against the host New Zealand and failing to win at least a match will put Tamim under pressure with the margin of error being next to nil.
Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu led Bangladesh’s first-ever ODI match against Pakistan on 31st March in 1986. Since then, Bangladesh have played 379 ODIs and out of those they won 131 and lost 241 matches.
So far, 14 Cricketers have Captained Bangladesh in ODI format. Masharfe Mortaza is the most successful one-day captain ever for Bangladesh. Under his captaincy, Bangladesh won fifty matches and he is the only skipper who has a more than 50% winning ratio. Current skipper Tamim Iqbal managed to win 3 matches in 6 matches.
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Tamim Iqbal was appointed as permanent ODI captain of Bangladesh in March last year (2020) following Mashrafe Mortaza’s retirement from the limited-overs captaincy role.
Tamim had to wait almost a year to lead the tiger’s national side due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. After a long wait, the country’s most successful batsman started off the captaincy with a thumping 3-0 series victory over a second-tier Windies side in January this year.
Though the ODI series result was expected from the team Bangladesh. Therefore, Tamim's real test as a leader will be scrutinized during the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand. Getting positive results against New Zealand in their own backyard will be a difficult task for Bangladesh. Because team tigers lost all 26 matches, they played against the Blackcaps in New Zealand, out of those 13 were ODIs.
Bangladesh cricket fans are eagerly waiting for the series as we will be witnessing how Tamim Iqbal manages Bangladesh's limited-overs side away from home in a difficult condition.
This bilateral series will be a real acid test for Captain Tamim to gain trust from the Cricket Board as well as from the cricket lovers in general.
Tamim’s overall vision of the game, his batting approach being as a captain, how he delivers during the pressure situation, whether he is an aggressive or defensive-minded leader, his strategy or game plan all will be unveiled during the contest. So, this would be a very interesting series to judge his leadership skill.
Tamim needs to be patient and he should be given some time to get used to the role. We shouldn't jump into heavy criticism if he makes few mistakes while captaining the side.
Skipper Tamim’s leadership intelligence and understanding of the current situation will be under scrutiny depending upon the kind of playing XI he opts for during the series. But attacking mindset would be an ideal approach to push the Kiwis in the backfoot in their home field.
On the personal front, Tamim Iqbal himself would like to lead with the bat against a side that has bowlers like Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Tim Southee. He has some hard-hitters in the squad who can make a difference when needed.
While in bowling, Tamim needs to trust his faster bowlers and should use them properly as we all know New Zealand pitches heavily suits the faster bowlers.
Tamim Iqbal is confident to overcome a fear of the condition of New Zealand. “We know how tough the condition of New Zealand is for us. But it’s not impossible (to do well there). I hope we can achieve something there that we never had,” Tamim Iqbal said on Tuesday (February 23) before departing for New Zealand.
It’s still the early days of Tamim’s captaincy. The coming one year could well be a turnaround year in Bangladesh cricket. The tours to New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and the home series against England and Sri Lanka will define Tamim’s captaincy, and positive results in those series will give Bangladesh cricket added impetus.
This is not an ideal time to be a supporter of the team tigers as Bangladesh is going through a transition period. But the supporting staff and Bangladesh Cricket Board are trying hard to form a winnable set up for the national side. Above all, Bangladesh has a captain who is ready to play the anchor role to take the team forward.
A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them.
John Geddert faced 24 charges that could have carried years in prison had he been convicted. He was supposed to appear in an Eaton County court, near Lansing, but his body was found at a rest area along Interstate 96, according to state police.
“This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
Nessel earlier announced that Geddert was charged with a bushel of crimes, including sexual assault, human trafficking and running a criminal enterprise. The charges were the latest fallout from the sexual abuse scandal involving Nassar, a former Michigan State University sports doctor now in prison.
Geddert, 63, wasn’t arrested and transported to court. Rather, Nessel’s office allowed him to show up on his own.
“We had no indication that Geddert intended to flee or hurt himself or others. We had been in contact with his attorney and were assured of his cooperation,” Nessel spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney said.
Calls seeking comment from attorney Chris Bergstrom weren’t immediately returned.
Geddert was head coach of the 2012 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, which won a gold medal. He was long associated with Nassar, who was the Olympic team’s doctor and also treated injured gymnasts at Twistars, Geddert’s Lansing-area gym.
Among the charges, Geddert was accused of lying to investigators in 2016 when he denied ever hearing complaints about Nassar. But the bulk of the case against him involved his gym in Dimondale and how he treated the young athletes whose families paid to have them train under him.
The charges against Geddert had “very little to do” with Nassar, said Assistant Attorney General Danielle Hagaman-Clark.
Geddert was charged with using his strong reputation in gymnastics to commit a form of human trafficking by making money through the forced labor of young athletes.
“The victims suffer from disordered eating,” Nessel said, “including bulimia and anorexia, suicide attempts and attempts at self harm, excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced to perform even when injured, extreme emotional abuse and physical abuse, including sexual assault.
“Many of these victims still carry these scars from this behavior to this day,” the attorney general said.
Nessel acknowledged that the case might not fit the common understanding of human trafficking.
“We think of it predominantly as affecting people of color or those without means to protect themselves ... but honestly it can happen to anyone, anywhere,” she said. “Young impressionable women may at times be vulnerable and open to trafficking crimes, regardless of their stature in the community or the financial well-being of their families.”
Geddert was suspended by Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics during the Nassar scandal. He told families in 2018 that he was retiring.
On his LinkedIn page, Geddert described himself as the “most decorated women’s gymnastics coach in Michigan gymnastics history.” He said his Twistars teams won 130 club championships.
But Geddert was often portrayed in unflattering ways when Nassar’s victims spoke during court hearings in 2018. Some insisted he was aware of the doctor’s abuse.
Sarah Klein, a gymnast who trained under Geddert for more than 10 years and was assaulted by Nassar, said the coach’s death was an “escape from justice” and “traumatizing beyond words.”
“His suicide is an admission of guilt that the entire world can now see,” said Klein, a lawyer.
Rachael Denhollander, the first gymnast to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse in 2016, said she was proud of the women who stepped forward against Geddert.
“So much pain and grief for everyone,” she said on Twitter after his death. “To the survivors, you have been heard and believed, and we stand with you.”
Three times champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club advanced to the 2nd slot in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football toppling Dhaka Abahani Ltd beating winless Brothers Union Club by 3-1 goal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Gambian winger Suleiman Sillah put Sheikh Jamal ahead in the 34th minute (1-0), another Gambian booter Pa Omar Jobe doubled the margin in the 59th minute (2-0) while Uzbek forward Atabek Validjanov confirmed the Sheikh Jamal victory scoring the 3rd goal in the 76th minute (3-0).
Faisal Mahmood scored the consolation goal for Brothers Union in the 81st minute (3-1).
With the day’s 6th win, Sheikh Jamal DC maintained the unbeaten run in the league securing 22 points from 10 matches while the Gopibagh outfit Brothers Union collecting only two points, also playing 10 encounters.
Star studded Bashundhara Kings comfortably dominated the league securing 31 points from 11 matches while six times champions Dhaka Abahani Ltd went down to the 3rd slot, also with 22 points from 10 outings, due to scoring less goal than Sheikh Jamal DC.
In the day’s other league match, Bangladesh Police FC earned the 3rd victory in their 10th league match beating bottom ranked Arambagh KS by 2-1 goals at the Bir Shreshtho Matiur Rahman Stadium in Munshiganj on Thursday.
Jamir Uddin scored first for Police team in the 14th minute (1-0) while Ivorian booter Frederic Pooda widen the Police margin scoring the 2nd goal for Police in the 29th minute (2-0).
Nihad Zaman Ucchash netted the lone goal for Arambagh KS in the 72nd minute
With the day’s feat, Bangladesh Police FC remained at 8th place in the league table collecting 12 points from 10 matches while Arambagh KS were in the bottom of the 13-team league bagging only one point from 10 matches.