Dhaka, May 2 (UNB) — Abdur Razzak and Shahriar Nafees have joined a Level-One Coaching Course organized by the Cricket Development department of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The course started on Thursday (May 2) and will continue till Monday (May 6).
Razzak and Nafees, who never formally announced their retirement but have long fallen out of the Tigers setup, were the two most experienced cricketers joining the course, that also includes Nazmul Hossain, Sayed Rasel, Mahbubul Alam, Dolar Mahmud, Sajedul Islam, Mohammad Sharif and Nadif Chowdhury also took par.
Apart from Nazmul, the other players are still active in domestic cricket of the country. They have said they joined the program keeping a future in coaching in mind. They also refused to say that it means they are retiring, at least from domestic cricket.
At the start of the program, the former captain of Bangladesh cricket team, Mohammad Ashraful, who has struggled to make it back into the international team after serving a ban, was presented as a guest. He said the course is like a blessing for the players who are at the end of their career.
“It is great initiative of the board. 12-13 players joined the program who are still playing in domestic cricket. Think every cricketer should join this kind of program to develop their game. Some people are thinking that those who joined this program must be leaving the game. This is not true,” Ashraful told the media.
Shahriar Nafees, who led the Tigers in their first-ever T20 International match, said he participated in the course to gain knowledge on coaching.
“In countries like England, Australia, South Africa, players do the coaching course early on in their career. But it is different in Bangladesh. People think we are taking this course to be a coach, which is not right. We are taking this course just to learn about cricket coaching,” Shahriar told the media.
Dhaka, May 2 (UNB) – The Institute of Education and Research emerged champions and the Pharmacy Department finished runners-up in the Dhaka University Inter-Departmental Cricket Tournament that concluded at the university central playground on Thursday.
Zahidur Rahman Rony was adjudged the man of the match.
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Administration) of Dhaka University Prof Dr Muhammad Samad was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later he distributed the prizes. President of the DU Inter-Departmental Cricket Committee Prof Dr Mohammad Hasibur Rashid presided over the function.
Dhaka, May 2 (UNB) - The green jersey of the Bangladesh National Cricket Team for the ICC World Cup has been finalised bringing one change with the inclusion of a red strip at the front.
Now, the word ‘Bangladesh’ is written in white on red strip at the front.
The Tigers will now appear with the changed and newly designed green shirt in addition to their red jersey in the ensuing World Cup beginning in England and Wales on May 30.
It may be noted that country name, player name and number were originally printed in red on the predominant green shirt and sent for approval from the event authority, Bangladesh Cricket Board said in a statement on Thursday.
However, the BCB was advised to use white for country name, player name and number on the green base for prominence, it said. “Accordingly, the writings on the green shirt were changed to white from red which was earlier approved by the ICC.”
Subsequently, to retain a red impression, the BCB has made one change to the green shirt with the inclusion of a red strip at the front, the BCB said, adding that this has since received the approval of the ICC.
Dhaka, May 1 (UNB) — The Bangladesh national cricket team left the country on Wednesday for a tri-series in Ireland and the World Cup assault.
While leaving the country, most of the members of the Bangladesh team expressed their confidence ahead of the challenging tour.
The Tigers will start their World Cup campaign on June 2 playing against South Africa. Right before that, they are set to take part in the tri-series in Ireland involving the hosts and West Indies.
“Pray for us. We will fight hard to make it our most successful World Cup,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza told the media while leaving for Ireland.
It is going to be the fourth World Cup for Mashrafe. Before this one, he played in 2003, 2007 and 2015. However, he missed in 2011 when the World Cup took the place in Bangladesh jointly with India and Sri Lanka.
Right-arm pacer Rubel Hossain is all set to play his third World Cup. Before flying for Ireland, he said, “We are going on a long tour with a big dream. We have the belief that we can do anything in the World Cup.”
Rubel played a World Cup for the first time in 2011. He also represented the Tigers in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.
Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar are set to play their second World Cup. Soumya, the southpaw, said, “It will be my second appearance in the World Cup. I will try to not replicate the same mistakes what I had done earlier.”
On the other hand, Sabbir said, “We are upbeat to give our hundred per cent in the field. We will do everything possible to get the best result.”
Players like Mohammad Mithun, MosaddekHossain, MehidyHasanMiraz, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman are excited to be part of the Tigers in the World Cup for the first time in their career.
“The only thing that I want to say, please, pray for us and keep trust on us,” Mithun told the reporters.
Mustafizur, who never looked back after his debut back in 2015, said, “World Cup is the biggest event of cricket. I am excited as well because it will be my first World Cup. Every cricketer wants to play well in the World Cup. I am no exception.”
Mehidy Hasan, who is also one of them who are set to feature in the World Cup for the first time, said, “It is going to be a long tour. We are hopeful to take the challenge. Please, pray for us and keep supporting.”
Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) - Bangladesh National Cricket team will fly for Ireland on Wednesday morning to play a tri-nation series involving the hosts and West Indies as well as to play the ICC World Cup beginning in England on May 30.
After playing the tri-series in Ireland between May 5 and 17, Bangladesh will travel to England and Wales to play the ICC World Cup.
The Tigers will start their ICC World Cup campaign taking on South Africa on June 2 in London.
Bangladesh have so far played 32 matches in the last five World Cups and came out victorious in 11 matches featuring a creditable victory against Pakistan in their first World Cup Cricket in England 1999, against India and South Africa in 2007 in West Indies and a quarterfinal berth in the last World Cup in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand beating England.
In a pre-departure press conference on Monday, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza on Monday said the Tigers have the ability to win the World Cup if they play according to their ability.
“I don’t have any question (about the ability to win the World Cup). But the question is where we’re capable of scoring 320 or 330 on a regular basis. We didn’t do that many times in front of you or spectators but if we stay strong mentally in the World Cup, we’ll surely do that,” he told reporters.
It will be Bangladesh’s sixth appearance in the World Cup. In the previous edition in Australia and New Zealand, Bangladesh played quarterfinals for the first time in the history. But this time, the Tigers are upbeat to surpass the previous success.
“Since we have an experienced bunch of cricketers, we’re a balanced team now. Maximum of those who are relatively juniors also played at least a World Cup. But it doesn’t mean that we’re going to have a successful event ahead of us. We need to be united to do that,” Bangladesh captain further said.
In the remaining World Cup matches, Bangladesh will face New Zealand (June 5, London), England (June 8, Cardiff), Sri Lanka (June 11, Bristol), West Indies (June 17, Taunton), Australia (June 20, Nottingham), Afghanistan (June 24, Southampton), India (July 2, Birmingham), and Pakistan (July 5, London).
Along with the 15 members of the World Cup squad, Bangladesh going to Ireland with four more players -- Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza, Nayeem Islam and Yasir Rabbi. Bangladesh captain said they got a golden chance to prove themselves in a greater stage.
Bangladesh World Cup squad: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Mohammad Saifuddin, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Abu Jayed Rahi.