Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday congratulated the Bangladesh cricket team for their ODI series win against India. In a congratulatory message, the prime minister greeted the players, coaches and officials of the national cricket team. Read more: Mehidy Miraz achieves 2 milestones with blazing century against India Bangladesh pulled off thrilling five-run win over India to seal the three-match ODI series, with a match to spare, riding on the heroics of Mehidy Hasan Miraz at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The main target of the hunters of the Sundarbans is to kill tigers. Unless they get caught, no one knows how many tigers get killed in the world’s largest mangrove forest that straddles the border of Bangladesh and India. After killing the tigers, hunters and hide traders smuggle the hides and body parts of the big cats out of the country. In most cases, law enforcement agencies fail to find the criminals, and even if they are found, they have to be released due to a lack of proper evidence. According to sources at the forest department, a total of 13 cases have been filed against 59 people for killing tigers in the eastern side of the Sundarbans in the last 21 years, among whom only nine have been apprehended. Read more: Sundarbans to have 4 more eco-tourism centres Trial of six cases has ended till now, and in three of the cases, all the accused have been acquitted due to the forest department’s inability to produce evidence. In the three other cases, a total of seven accused have received jail terms ranging from six months to four and a half years. Currently, seven cases are pending with the court, the forest department said. The size of the Sundarbans is 6,017 square kilometers, including a land area of 4,143 square kilometers. More than half of the Sunderbans is reserved forest area where tigers roam freely. Unfortunately, hunting by the hide traders and effects of climate change has put the lives of the animal in great risks. In 2017-2018 fiscal year, the number of tigers in the Bangladesh part of the mangrove forest was found to be at 114 through camera trapping system. Forest department said that they’ll soon start counting tigers to fix their new number. According to data from the forest department, a total of 28 tigers have either died or have been killed between 2001 and 2022. Among these dead tigers, 14 were killed by hunters, five died due to mob beating, one died in cyclone Sidr and eight others died naturally. These numbers are based on joint or separate drives against hunters by the forest department, Rab and police. During these drives, hides, bones and other body parts of the tigers had been recovered and in rare cases, bodies of dead tigers were found inside the forest. Read more: Sundarban tigers: Inbreeding leads to generation of weak, diseased cubs Among the eight subspecies of tigers, three have become extinct and five are struggling to survive in adverse conditions. The forest department is working round the clock to protect tigers following the government’s special preference and internationally signed protocols. To protect the Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sundarbans, the forest department has taken up a 10-year project titled “Tiger Action Plan”. Habib Talukder, a hunter from Sonatola village under Bagerhat’s Sharankhola upazila, said that he is currently on bail in 10 cases filed against him for killing tigers and deer. “The Bhola river separates my village from the Sundarbans. I've been going to the forest to catch fishes since the age of five. I was in jail for two years in false cases. There are at least 30 people in my village who are involved in hunting tigers. They use poisonous traps and bullets for killing tigers,” Habib said. Prof Dr Md Anwarul Islam, Chief Executive of Wildteam and former Chairman of Zoology department of Dhaka University (DU), said that to stop the killing of tigers, alternative income sources have to be created for the people who currently rely on the Sundarbans for a living. “Social protection nets for people living around the forest have to be created. The forest department also needs trained informers. Most importantly, exemplary punishment has to be given to the hunters and hide traders so that others stay away from the practice,” Anwarul said. Mohammad Belayet Hossain, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Sundarbans East, provided a list of the activities that the forest department is running to stop the killing of tigers. Read more: Tiger recovered from Sundarbans canal most likely died of natural causes “A total of 62 patrol camps, 16 stations and eight patrol teams are working inside the forest round the clock to ensure safe roaming of the tigers. Besides, co-management committees (CMC), community patrol groups (CPG) and village tiger response teams (VTRT) are also working to prevent the killing of tigers,” said Belayet. Belayet added that they’re ensuring protection of the tigers by excavating canals and rivers running through the forest, making fences on the borders of the forest using nylon ropes and taking preventive measures to save tigers during natural disasters.
The Tigers lost the toss and were sent to bat by the Kiwis today in the third match of the T20I tri-series in Christchurch, New Zealand. This series is the last buildup for the teams ahead of the T20 World Cup which begins in Australia on October 16. Bangladesh made three changes to their XI as they look to rebound in the series. Shakib Al Hasan, regular captain of Bangladesh, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Shoriful Islam returned. Sabbir Rahman, Nasum Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman were dropped. New Zealand made one change, bringing in Adam Milne for Blair Tickner. In the first match of the competition, Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by 21 runs. Also, Pakistan beat New Zealand six wickets in the second match. So, the Tigers and the Kiwis are looking for their first points in the series. Read: Will Bangladesh’s brand of T20 cricket work in New Zealand? New Zealand Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (capt), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne Bangladesh Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Yasir Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam
Bangladesh cricket team will leave for New Zealand on Friday. Ahead of the T20 World Cup, which will be played in Australia next month, Bangladesh will participate in a tri-series T20 in New Zealand that also involves Pakistan. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has already announced the New Zealand tri-series and World Cup squad. Recently, Bangladesh played a two-match T20I series against the UAE and Bangladesh won 2-0. In this series, Afif Hossain has done well for the Tigers. But right-handed batter Sabbir Rahman, who played as an opener, failed to impress. Bangladesh made a change to their staff— team manager Nafis Iqbal has been removed, and senior media manager Rabeed Imam has been appointed as the new team manager. Media reports said the players are not happy to see Nafis as the team manager. Read: BCB announces Tk 50 lac reward for SAFF Champions The first match of the tri-series will take place on October 7 when Bangladesh will take on Pakistan. The Tigers will get at least four matches in this event. Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, missed the UAE series for CPL. But he will join the Bangladesh team in New Zealand. In his absence, Nurul Hasan Sohan led Bangladesh in the UAE series. Bangladesh squad for the New Zealand tri-series and the T20 World Cup: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan Sohan (vice-captain), Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Nasum Ahmed, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, and Standby players: Shoriful Islam, Rishad Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Soumya Sarkar.
Bangladesh T20 team vice-captain Nurul Hasan Sohan has said the time has come for the young guns of the team to fire on all cylinders. In the upcoming World Cup, Bangladesh will miss the services of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad. While Tamim and Mushfiqur called time on T20s, Mahmudullah was overlooked by the selectors. In this situation, the young players will have to take the responsibility on their shoulders, Nurul said. "The senior players have performed really well for Bangladesh cricket. They have brought us here, now the onus is on us to take the team forward," he said after a training session Thursday. "Many players of the T20 World Cup squad have been playing international cricket for more than five years. So, they will have to deliver no," he added. Read: Twenty20 World Cup 2022: 5 issues Bangladesh team should address "We are more mature as cricketers now. We always want to do well for Bangladesh. If we can play as a team, can stick to our plan, I think the result will come our way," he added. Nurul was Bangladesh's captain during the Zimbabwe tour. But an injury ruled him out of the team. The wicketkeeper-batter also missed the Asia Cup due to that injury. Now he is ready to make a comeback with the two-match series against the UAE this month. The Bangladesh team will leave for the UAE on September 22. The T20 series against the UAE will be played on September 25 and 27 at the Dubai International Stadium. After the series, the Bangladesh team will return home for a break of two-three days. Following that, the Tigers will fly to New Zealand for the tri-series against New Zealand and Pakistan.
Bangladesh posted a very modest 127/7 from their allotted 20 overs against Afghanistan in their first match of the Asia Cup in Sharjah. Mosaddek Hossain scored the highest unbeaten 48 off 31 balls while Mahmudullah Riyad scored 25 off 27 balls. Four of Bangladesh’s first five batters failed to reach a double-digit score. Bangladeshi batters failed to play well against the Afghan spinners. Bangladesh won the toss but they failed horribly to justify the decision. They lost both the openers inside the powerplay, and they managed only 50 runs in the first 10 overs losing two more wickets. Mohammad Naim, who was called to the team for his hundred for Bangladesh A against the West Indies A, failed once again to prove his mettle in the T20Is. Anamul Haque Bijoy, Naim’s opening partner, who recently scored two fifties in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, was also disappointed with the bat in this match. Bangladesh badly missed the service of Liton Das who is not part of the Bangladesh team in the Asia Cup due to an injury. Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up all of the first three wickets Bangladesh lost. And Rashid Khan came in and removed Mushfqiur Rahim. Read: Asia Cup 2022: BAN vs AFG Match Live Streaming Details In the fifth wicket stand, Mahmudullah Riyad and Afif Hossain added 25 runs. The stand was broken when Afif fell prey to Rashid as his third scalp. Bangladesh could manage only 87 runs in 15 overs for five wickets. In the last five overs, Bangladesh managed only 40 runs losing two more wickets. For Afghanistan, Mujeeb and Rashid scalped three wickets each. While Bangladesh started their Asia Cup campaign with this match, Afghanistan have already played a match and won that by eight wickets against Sri Lanka in the event opener.
Bangladesh will start their Asia Cup campaign Tuesday with the match against Afghanistan who are flying high after beating Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the event opener. Despite being a more experienced side than Afghanistan, Bangladesh are far behind them in the shortest format of the game. The Afghans lost a series earlier this month against Ireland, but they came back strongly against Sri Lanka to make a flying start to the Asia Cup. Their pacers ripped through the Sri Lankan batting order. However, Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan said they are not tagging Afghanistan as a bad or good team. "We are looking forward to proving our mettle in the field." In the first match of the Asia Cup, Afghan pace duo Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq destroyed Sri Lanka's batting. Read: Asia Cup 2022: 8 milestones within sight of Bangladesh players Chasing 105 runs, Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz won the match in 10.1 overs. And in the absence of Liton Das, Bangladesh might go with Anamul Haque and Mohammad Naim as the openers. Naim was axed earlier from the T20 team. Now he is back after hitting a century in a 50-over match for Bangladesh A team against the West Indies A. Mohammad Saifuddin and Sabbir Rahman, who were out of international cricket for a long time, are surprising inclusions in the playing XI. However, Bangladesh will heavily rely on Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim. With this match against Afghanistan, Shakib will become the third Bangladeshi to play 100 T20s after Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur. The match will begin at 8pm Tuesday and will be telecast live on T-Sports. Probable Bangladesh XI Mohammad Naim, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad, Sabbir Rahman, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, and Mustafizur Rahman
Due to different barriers to free movement of tigers in the Sundarbans, inbreeding occurs among a small population - compromising the genetic diversity of these big cats which eventually results in diseased and weak cubs. Chief conservator of Forest Department Md Amir Hossain Chowdhury told UNB, “Big rivers like Shibsa, Poshur, and Pangashia are dividing the Bengal tiger into small populations, which result in inbreeding. Inbreeding among tigers with similar genes increases the morbidity and mortality rate of the tigers.” Transferring of the tigers from one population to another inside the Sundarbans can increase their genetic variety, possibility to survive and as a result the number of tigers will rise, he added. Amid the growing concern over extinction facing the tiger, 13 tiger-populated countries including Bangladesh are celebrating International Tiger Day 2022 on Friday with different programmes to create awareness. Read: Panic after tiger strays into Satkhira village This year’s slogan for the day is "Tiger is our pride, everyone's responsibility to protect”. According to Sundarbans East Forest Department the tiger population may increase in Bangladesh part of Sundarbans in this year’s census, which is good news for environmentalists and animal lovers across the globe. According to a survey conducted in 2018 by camera trapping, there were 114 tigers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday congratulated all players, coaches and the manager of the Bangladesh cricket team for their ODI series win against the West Indies on their soil. In the congratulatory message, she hoped that the Tigers would continue their all-out efforts. Read: PM congratulates Tigers on historic ODI series win against Proteas Today, Bangladesh sealed the series as they went 2-0 up with a comprehensive 9-wicket win at the Providence Stadium in Guyana and extended their unbeaten streak against the West Indies to 10. Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed won the player of the match award in his second ODI match. He bagged three wickets after Bangladesh chose to bowl first. The Tigers managed to restrict their hosts to 108/10 in 35 overs. In reply to the West Indies' 108, Bangladesh won the match in just 20.4 overs, with Tamim scoring an unbeaten 50, and Liton Das 32. Bangladesh won the first ODI at the same venue by six wickets. The third and last ODI will be played at the same venue Saturday. Ahead of the ODI series, Bangladesh lost both the Test and T20I series against the hosts.
The first Test of the two-match series between the hosts West Indies and Bangladesh is all set to begin Thursday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. The series has been named after the Padma Bridge – "Padma Bridge Dream Fulfilled Friendship Test Series Presented by Walton." In Test cricket, the Tigers are more experienced than the Caribbeans who recently played against Pakistan in a different format and a different condition. Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the hosts who will miss the services of Jason Holder and Kemar Roach. The West Indies have included three uncapped players in their Test squad which is already a young side. Bangladesh will look to regain their confidence in Tests in this series under the captaincy of Shakib Al Hasan who returned to the role after Mominul Haque stepped aside recently. In the last series at home against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh suffered a 1-0 defeat. There were some individual flashes of brilliance, but that was not enough for the Tigers to avoid a sweeping defeat. If experience is an advantage for the visitors, they may suffer playing against the Dukes ball which is not used in the subcontinent. The hosts' pacers could pose a serious challenge with this type of ball in their backyard. READ: WI vs BAN Series 2022: Where to Watch Live Streaming Bangladesh will miss the service of Mushfiqur Rahim who chose to not play in this series due to personal reasons. Yasir Ali Rabbi who suffered a back injury during the tour match was subsequently ruled out of the series. Liton Das might not keep wicket in this series. Nurul Hasan Sohan might get a place in the playing XI as a specialist wicketkeeper. This series will be a great chance for the Tigers to get some points for the ICC World Test Championship. Bangladesh have only one win in this cycle of the event. They beat the hosts New Zealand earlier this year. The first match will begin at 8pm Bangladesh time Thursday. However, it is still not clear who will telecast the series in Bangladesh. As of Wednesday evening, the Bangladesh Cricket Board was unable to provide any information about it. Probable Bangladesh XI Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das (vc), Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahim Probable West Indies XI Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, N Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood (vc), Joshua Da Silva, Raymon Reifer, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Jayden Seales