BCB announces Bangladesh squad for T20 World Cup: Mahmudullah Riyad overlooked
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday announced the 15-member Bangladesh team for T20 World Cup 2022, to be held late October in Australia. Bangladesh overlooked Mahmudullah Riyad for the T20 World Cup. “Mahmudullah did very well for Bangladesh, but looking at the future, he is not part of our future plan,” Minhazul Abedin, the chief selector told media. “The decision was taken after discussion with all involving parties — selectors, coaches and the board. Read:Bangladesh’s new target is 2024 T20 World Cup, says Nazmul Minhazul also said the new T20 consultant Sridharan Sriram set a plan for the future for Bangladesh team and that has no space for Mahmudullah. Mahmudullah has been going through a bad patch for a while now. The allrounder failed to impress in the Asia Cup. Before that, he failed to do well in Zimbabwe and West Indies tours as well. Bangladesh will miss the service of seniors like Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal as both have retired from the format recently. With being overlooked from the T20I squad, Mahmudullah’s T20I career has unofficially ended. “Everyone has a chance to play for Bangladesh,” Habibul Bashar, the former captain and current selector said. But it’s clear, Mahmudullah’s career in the shortest format of the game has ended. Sabbir Rahman, the top-order batter, has been added to the team, but Soumya Sarkar, who was in discussion, has been overlooked. Bangladesh, however, added Najmul Hossain Shanto, who has no impressive performance in the format. “Najmul has been added to the squad after discussion with the captain, and coaching staff,” Minhajul said. Ahead of the World Cup, Bangladesh will take part in a tri-series T20 in New Zealand which also involves Pakistan. The tri-series will begin on October 7 at Christchurch. Bangladesh will play five matches in the Super 12s round of the World Cup in Group 2. They will have India, Pakistan, South Africa and two teams from the T20 World Cup qualifiers.
SAFF Women's Champs: .Bangladesh team reaches Kathmandu
A 34-member Bangladesh Women's Football team reached Nepalese capital Kathmandu Saturday morning to compete in the seven-nation 6th SAFF Women's Championship' 2022 beginning on Tuesday. Experienced booter Sabina Khatun accompanied the Bangladesh women's side as captain, Maria Manda as vice-captain and Zakir Hossian Chowdhury as the team leader. All the players of Bangladesh team staying at Soaltee Kathmandu Hotel are now in sound health, said a BFF media release Saturday afternoon. Also read: SAFF Women's Champs: .Bangladesh team leaves for Nepal Saturday Bangladesh will make their first practice session on Sunday (Sept 4) at the Army headquarters ground in Kathmandu from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm (Bangladesh time). Earlier, Bangladesh team was placed in tough Group A alongwith five times champions India, the Maldives and Pakistan while Group B team comprises hosts Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. Alao read: SAFF U-17: Bangladesh to start campaign versus hosts Sri Lanka Hosts Nepal will play Bhutan in the opening day's lone match at 5:30 pm at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu. Bangladesh will start their campaign taking on the Maldives on Wednesday (Sept 7) at 5:30 pm while two arch-rivals India and Pakistan will meet each other in the day:s other match at 1pm. In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will face Pakistan on Sept 10 at 1pm and will meet India on Sept 13 at 5:30 pm. On completion of group matches, top two teams from each of the groups will play in the semifinals on Sept 16. The final match will held on Sept 19 at 5 pm. The morale of youthful Bangladesh women's team is now high than all previous occasions after winning the two- match series 1-0 against upper ranked Malaysia recently. Bangladesh beat Malaysia 6-0 in the first match and settled for a draw in the 2nd match.
Sridharan Sriram to take big role in Bangladesh team
Former Indian cricketer and coach Sridharan Sriram arrived in Dhaka on Sunday. He will soon take up the role of the technical consultant of the Bangladesh T20 team this week. After coming to Dhaka, Sridharan visited Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, and he also watched the practice match of the Bangladesh squad that would tour the UAE later this month to play the Asia Cup. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appointed Sridharan aiming to bring some changes to the T20 team that recently lost a series against Zimbabwe. The former Indian cricketer has the experience of coaching IPL teams— Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. He will work with the Bangladesh team till the T20 World Cup which will take place later this year in Australia. “We want him to infuse an aggressive cricketing mindset into the team,” Khaled Mahmud, the technical director of the Bangladesh team has said recently. “We won’t play any format of cricket other than T20Is until the World Cup. So this is the time to inspire the boys to play aggressive cricket.” Read: Bangladesh A v West Indies A: ODI series ends in 1-1 draw BCB is yet to finalize if the head coach Russell Doming stays in the same role in the Asia Cup. Nazmul Hasan, the BCB president, said last week that they are considering not sending Doming to the Asia Cup. In that case, Sridharan may be the head coach of the Bangladesh team in the Asia Cup. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team played an intra-squad match on Sunday where Shakib Al Hasan was the best batter scoring 36 off 24 balls while Mahedi Hasan scored 31 off 16 balls. Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan and Hasan Murad did well with the ball taking two wickets each. Shakib led the Red Team in this match and Afif Hossain was the captain of the Green Team. The Bangladesh team will fly to the UAE on August 23. On August 30, Bangladesh will play their first match against Afghanistan in Sharjah, and on September 1, Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in Dubai.
Mahedi aims to take a bigger role in Bangladesh team
Allrounder Mahedi Hasan said he is confident in taking a more significant role in the Bangladesh team. The right-handed allrounder is part of the Bangladesh team that is set to tour Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI and three-match T20I series. Bangladesh will miss the service of senior players in this series. Tamim Iqbal has recently retired from T20Is while Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad have been rested from this format, and Shakib Al Hasan will not travel to Zimbabwe for personal reasons. So a young team will take on Zimbabwe in their home. “It’s inevitable that the senior players will leave the game one day,” Mahedi told the reporters on Tuesday. “And those who are juniors now will become seniors. When Shakib led Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup, he was only 22. So we will also become seniors, which is just a matter of time.” Read:Sohan up for new challenges Mahedi believes the upcoming series is a great chance for the young team to flourish and make their own decisions. “When we were newcomers, the senior players took all the responsibilities as the parents do for young children,” he said. “Since we won’t get the service of the senior players, we will have to make our decisions. It’s a great chance for us to show our abilities.” Mahedi played his maiden international match in 2018. So he has spent more than three years in international cricket. In that sense, he believes, he is not a young player like Munum Shahriar or Parvez Hossain Emon. While Munim played a few T20Is, Parvez is yet to get his international cap in any format of the game. Bangladesh are not a good team in T20Is. In their recent series against the West Indies, Bangladesh lost by 2-0 in a three-match series with one match being washed away due to heavy rain. Mahedi thinks Bangladeshi batters cannot be the big hitters like the West Indians, but according to him, Bangladeshi batters can do better by their ability to take singles and hit fours. Mahedi played 34 T20Is and three ODIs so far. He bagged 27 wickets in T20Is along with scoring 222 runs.
SAFF U-20 Football :Bangladesh team makes practices in Bhubaneswar on Saturday
Bangladesh Under-20 Football team, now in the Indian city of Bhubaneshwar to participate in the SAFF Under-20 Championship, made their first practices on Saturday. The Bangladesh team reached Bhubaneshwar Friday night and is staying at Hotel Swosti Premier there. Touring Bangladesh team made strength and conditioning, gym and pool session at the team hotel Saturday morning and made their practices at the Capital Practice ground in the afternoon. During the day's practice session under the head coach Paul Smalley, Bangladesh worked on ball possession, attacking football and set pieces. Read: SAFF U-18: Bangladesh thrash Nepal 4-2 Bangladesh team will also make their strength, conditioning, gym and pool session Sunday morning and will make their field practices at the same venue in the afternoon. Five South Asian countries-India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives and Sri Lanka -will take part in the meet beginning on Monday (July 25) with Bangladesh taking on Sri Lanka in the opening day .
ICC Women's World Cup: Bangladesh team leaves for New Zealand
A 20-member Bangladesh National Women's Cricket team left Dhaka on Thursday for New Zealand to participate in the ICC Women's World Cup' 2022 beginning on March 4 . Bangladesh team, which left the capital Thursday afternoon without one Covid infected cricketer and two supporting staff by a Singapore Airlines flight, is expected to reach Auckland Friday night at about 11 pm. The Bangladesh team has only five days preparations at home before departure, will have to go for a 10-day quarantine in hotel before starting the practices there. Also read: Bangladesh squad announced for ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier Nigar Sultana Joyti led-Bangladesh women's team will start their World Cup campaign taking on South Africa on March 5 though the tournament will start on March 4. In the remaining matches , Bangladesh will play Pakistan on March 14, West Indies on March 18, India on March 22, Australia on March 25 and England on March 27. Members of Bangladesh team: Nigar Sultana Joyti (captain) , Salma Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, Fargana Haque Pinki, Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni, Murshida Khatun, Nahida Akhter, Sharmin Akhter Supta, Lata Mondal, Sobhana Mostary, Fariha Islam Trishna and Suriya Azmim. Also read: ICC Women's World Cup qualifiers postponed Reserve cricketers: Sanjida Akhter Meghla and Nuzhat Tasnia.
Bangladesh a better team than their T20 performance: Dale Steyn
Bangladesh is a better team than what they , performed in the T20 World Cup, according to former South African pacer Dale Steyn. He recently answered some questions of his followers on social media. One follower asked him which team and player disappointed him the most in this edition of the T20 World Cup. And his curt response was "Bangladesh". Read: Pakistan Announce Squad for the Upcoming Bilateral BAN vs. PAK 2021 T20I Series “Bangladesh. They (are) better than what they showed, no fault of management, players need to be held responsible, you either want to play or you don’t, they all didn’t,” Dale replied to his fan. Bangladesh played a total of eight matches in this year’s T20 World Cup and won only two, and those wins came against weaker teams like Oman and Papua New Guinea. They had started the World Cup with a shocking defeat in a match with Scotland. However, wins against Oman and Papua New Guinea helped them qualify for the Super 12 stage. But in the Super 12s, they lost all of their matches. They got close against Sri Lanka and the West Indies but were unable to finish the matches well. Bangladesh missed the services of Shakib Al Hasan in the last two matches against South Africa and Australia. The all-rounder had been out of the competition because of a hamstring injury. Read: T20 World Cup Upset: BCB may take big decisions for the Pakistan series Bangladesh will start gearing up on November 12 ahead of their home series against Pakistan. The two teams will lock horns in three T20Is and two Tests, with the first T20I being slated for November 19 in Dhaka.
BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021: Report Card for Bangladesh Team
Bangladesh lost the fifth T20I match against New Zealand on Friday (September 10), bringing the series to a 3-2 finish. This was Bangladesh's first-ever Twenty20 International series victory over New Zealand, as well as the tigers' third consecutive bilateral T20I series triumph. Bangladesh have won nine of their previous thirteen Twenty20 International matches, suggesting that the players have grasped the recipe for success in the shorter format of the game. Several players made a big difference in the series win against New Zealand. Let's have a look at the Bangladesh players' performance in the BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021. Performance of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in the BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021 Batting/Top order Bangladesh's batting was the biggest letdown in the BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021. Bangladesh have struggled in the opening position in the absence of experienced Tamim Iqbal. In the Zimbabwe and Australia series, the selectors tested Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar. Soumya scored some runs against Zimbabwe but failed miserably against Australia at home. He was dropped for the New Zealand series to make room for Liton Das. However, Liton Das did not impress the selectors as well, scoring only 65 runs in five innings against New Zealand. Liton and Naim only had one 50-run opening partnership. Mohammad Naim was Bangladesh's most consistent opener, scoring 105 runs at an 87.50 strike rate in the New Zealand series. Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan continued his poor run of form with the bat, he only made 45 runs in four innings. Read: New Zealand sign off with a comfortable win Batting/Middle-Order Mushfiqur Rahim made his comeback in the New Zealand series after missing the Australia series. Mushfiqur was completely out of touch with the bat, scoring only 39 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 52. Mushfiq's performance in the ICC T20 World Cup will be vital and he has to be in the finest possible form prior to the big event. Mahmudullah Riyad had a few solid innings, notably a match-winning 43* in the fourth encounter. Bangladesh captain was the second most run-scorer in the series (120) behind Tom Latham. Besides, Afif Hossain played an encouraging knock despite Bangladesh's 27-run loss in the fifth match. Afif remained undefeated with a 49* off 33 balls knock. Nurul Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin had an opportunity to impress the selectors in the third match, but they couldn't do much with the bat throughout the 5-match series. Read Youth ODI series: Bangladesh go 1-0 up against Afghanistan Bowling/Pace Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin both played for Bangladesh in the first four matches and fared well for the home team. They made good use of the surfaces and took wickets when the team needed them most. Mustafizur Rahman, in particular, shined with his off-cutter and slower deliveries. His lethal accuracy frightened the New Zealand batsmen throughout the series. Mustafizur took the second most wickets in four innings with an incredible 10.7 strike rate. Mohammad Saifuddin, on the other hand, took 5 wickets. Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam took their places in the fifth match. The curator prepared a fairly sporting pitch for the final T20I, which is why Taskin and Shoriful struggled to stop the run flow. They gave away a lot of runs but still managed to get few wickets. Read Latham, Allen propel Blackcaps to 161 in final T20 Bowling/Spin Mirpur's pitches favored the spinners, and spinners of both sides imposed a lot of pressure on the batsmen. Bangladesh's most successful spinner and second-highest wicket-taker in the series, Nasum Ahmed took 8 wickets at a strike rate of 10.5 in five matches. Off-spinner Mahedi Hasan has continued to amaze with his wicket-taking abilities. He opened the innings in three of Bangladesh's four matches and provided early breakthroughs for the team. Mahedi took 5 wickets in the series. Veteran Shakib Al Hasan took four wickets in the first two games but was wicketless in the following two. Shakib is only two wickets away from being the T20I's all-time leading wicket-taker. Read: ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021: A new challenge for Shamim Fielding We have seen a significant improvement in Bangladesh's ground fielding, catching, and body language when fielding in recent series. Bangladeshi fielders took some spectacular catches, and outfield players gave it their all to save extra runs in the BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021. These are positive indicators that the team is on its way to becoming one of the world's best fielding units. Wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan Sohan had a terrific series against New Zealand. He is quick to act and constantly encourages bowlers to keep the batsmen under strain. Bottom Line Except for selected players, none of the Bangladesh players performed well against New Zealand in the BAN vs. NZ T20I Series 2021 as reflected on the report card. Prior to the series, Mahmudullah Riyad-led Bangladesh T20I side was anticipated to play well against a second-string New Zealand team on Mirpur's slow surfaces. They did win the Twenty20 International series, but their batting performance was dreadful throughout the contest. Batsmen should have performed better in this series to recover confidence ahead of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, which begins next month. Read Bangladesh’s celebrated umpire Nadir Shah dies at 57
Rubel, Taijul included in squad for Australia T20Is
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a 17-member team for the five-match T20I series against Australia starting from Tuesday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. BCB has included Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain and Mohammad Mithun in the squad, all of them were out of the T20I squad during Bangladesh’s Zimbabwe tour last month. But they were in the bio-secure bubble of the Bangladesh team. Read:Domingo disappointed over “stringent” rules keeping Mushfiq away The absence of the ace batsmen Mushfqiur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das has paved the way for Mosaddek and Mithun, who have been failing to do good for the Tigers for a long time. In his last 10 innings in international cricket, Mosaddek passed the 50-run mark only once while he got dismissed for a single-digit score on three occasions with three scores under 15-run. Mithun has also been failing regularly despite getting adequate chances. In his last 10 innings in the international circuit, Mithun failed to reach a two-digit score six times. Read:Five-match T20Is: Australian cricket team arrives in Dhaka In the series against Australia, Bangladesh will be heavily reliant on young guns like Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Naim, Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan and Shamim Hossain. In the last T20I series against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh’s newest T20I inclusion Shamim did really well. He drew the attention of many in just two innings he played for the Tigers. While the opening match of this series will take place on August 3, the other matches will be played on August 4, 6, 7 and 9. All the matches will be hosted by the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Read:Bangladesh and Australia will play a five-match Twenty20 International series starting from August 3 Bangladesh squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan (wk), Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Naim, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Afif Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan
Former captains respect Mahmudullah’s retirement decision
Despite being a last-minute addition to the squad of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, Mahmudullah Riyad proved his batsmanship once again. He returned an unbeaten 150 in the first innings of the Harare Test. It immediately created a hope that Mahmudullah would last in Tests for a longer period of time now. But Mahmudullah had another idea— after hitting career-best innings, he abruptly announced his retirement from the format that left many astonished. But two former captains of the Bangladesh team— Aminul Islam Bulbul and Khaled Mashud Pilot, believe that it was Mahmudullah’s personal call and they respect it. Read: Mahmudullah's Best Test Innings For Bangladesh Mahmudullha has maintained a mysterious silence since he received a guard of honour ahead of the final day’s play in the Harare Test. He didn’t say a word about his retirement officially. The guard of honour came as the self-explanatory for his retirement. “Mahmudullah was earlier told to focus on the white-ball cricket more by the team management. Despite being available, he was overlooked on a few occasions. He might have done it for it. But it was completely his own decision, and we have to respect him,” Aminul, who led Bangladesh in the inaugural Test, told UNB. “Mahmudullah played in Harare as replacement of Tamim (Iqbal) or Mushfiqur (Rahim) as they are not fully fit. If they were fit, Mahmudullah might not have had the chance. However, what he did is his personal call. We have to respect it. And at the same time, it cannot be an example of the way of retiring from the national team. He informed his teammate when a match was underway. It would have been better if he told before the match or after it. But there is nothing about unprofessionalism. A player has the right to call his time whenever he wants,” Aminul added. Mashud also echoed Aminul saying that it was Mahmudullah’s decision to call his time, and he has all the right to do so. Read:Mahmudullah says “dramatic” goodbye to Test cricket, given guard of honour “It’s his personal decision, and we have nothing to say about it. But we may ask why he has taken this decision this way. It is actually the board who should find out. I think there is a gap between the players and the board. Whatever the reason, it seems both the board and players lack respect for each other,” Mashud told UNB.