The BCB National Selectors have announced that cricketers who are on the draft list for the upcoming T20 tournament, scheduled for next November-December, will have to undergo mandatory fitness tests before being considered eligible for the competition.
The test has been planned to particularly assess the fitness levels of cricketers outside the National Team, High-Performance Team and Under-19 setups.
Chief National Selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu said: “We’ve been very encouraged by the individual fitness work done by the National Team, HP and Under-19 cricketers during the lockdown. The effort they put in helped them adjust quickly when group training and matches started.
“We expect the other cricketers, who may have been outside the setup, will show the same level of commitment to individual fitness and come prepared for the test.”
The schedule for the fitness test will be announced following the finalisation of the player list for the draft, the cricket board said in a statement on Friday.
In the final of the BCB President’s Cup on Sunday, Najmul XI failed to post a challenging total against Mahmudullah XI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Mahmudullah Riyad, the captain of Mahmudullah XI, won the toss and opted to field first. They restricted Najmul XI to 173 runs in 47.1 overs thanks to wonderful bowling by Sumon Khan who scalped five wickets conceding 38 runs in 10 overs.
Openers of Najmul XI— Saif Hassan and Soumya Sarkar— posted only 4 and 5 runs respectively. Rubel Hossain grabbed the first wicket removing Saif. Right after that, Soumya fell prey to Sumon.
Najmul Hossain Shanto (32) and Mushfiqur Rahim (12) tried to control the initial damage, but failed to come up with the bigger effort when Najmul XI were in dire straits.
Afif Hossain disappointed again as he failed to add anything to the board. He was hunted by Sumon as well. Towhid Hridoy, who had come up with some imperious displays earlier, scored 26 this time.
The rampant Irfaan Shukkur was the best batsman for Najmul XI posting 75 off 77 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Before getting dismissed by Rubel, he tried his best to take his team to a challenging total.
Eventually, Najmul XI tumbled for 173. Sumon Khan, the right-arm pacer, bagged five wickets while Rubel took two and Ebadat Hossain, Mehidy Hasan and Mahmudullah scalped one wicket each.
In their previous meet in the league phase, Najmul XI had beaten Mahmudullah XI by a big margin of 131 runs.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expressed their deep sadness at the passing away of renowned lawyer and former Attorney General of Bangladesh Barrister Rafique-Ul Haque.
The eminent lawyer Barrister Rafique, who had dealt with many high-profile cases during his legal career, breathed his last at a local hospital at about 8:30 am on Saturday (Oct 24) after suffering from old age complications at the age of 85.
He left behind his son Barrister Fahim-ul Haque. His wife died in 2011.
In a condolence message, BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon, MP paid his tribute to Barrister Rafique-Ul Haque and said: “We are grief-stricken at the death of Barrister Rafique-Ul Haque. The BCB was privileged to receive his invaluable legal guidance and support on a number of important matters".
"He was a man of wisdom who had contributed vastly to the legal system and judiciary in Bangladesh" he further said
"I on behalf of the BCB extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family of Barrister Rafique-Ul Haque.” he added.
Speculation is rife that cricket legend MS Dhoni, who made his international debut in a one-day match against Bangladesh in 2004, may soon retire from Indian Premier League, the multi-billion dollar shorter format of the game, barely two months after he quit international cricket following a 16-year-long storied career.
What fueled the speculation is Dhoni giving away his number seven jersey to the Pandya brothers -- Hardik and Krunal -- following the end of a recent IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, in which the former lost to the latter. After an earlier IPL match too against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni had given away his jersey.
In fact, Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings had a torrid time in IPL 2020 as they lost eighth of their 11 games played so far in the UAE.
On August 15, the 39-year-old former captain of the Indian cricket team had announced his retirement from one-day international cricket through a video message on Instagram, its caption reading: “Thanks – Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 19.29 hrs consider me as Retired."
Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in 2014, with 4876 runs from 90 matches. However, he continued playing the limited over format of the game and stepped down as India's one-day team captain in 2017, with 10,733 runs. His overall Indian numbers are 538 matches, 17,266 runs, 16 centuries, 108 fifties, 359 sixes, 829 dismissals.
Dhoni is said to be India’s most successful captain in limited-overs internationals, having won three ICC trophies -- 2007 T20 World Cup, 50-overs World Cup in 2011 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
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Legendary Indian cricketer and captain of the 1983 World Cup-winning side Kapil Dev suffered a cardiac arrest and has undergone angioplasty at a hospital in New Delhi, India.
Kapil, 61, who had been pretty active in the social circuit and on the golf course before the pandemic struck, is "stable now", reports the Times of India.
"He’s feeling okay now. I just spoke to his wife (Romi). He was feeling uneasy yesterday (Thursday). He is undergoing check-ups at a hospital as we speak," former Test player and Indian Cricketers Association president Ashok Malhotra told PTI.
"Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack. He was evaluated and an emergency coronary angioplasty was performed in the middle of night," the Fortis Escorts Hospital in Okhla Road, New Delhi, said in an updated health bulletin after only mentioning chest pain in its initial statement.
"Currently, he’s admitted to ICU and under close supervision of Dr Atul Mathur and his team. Kapil Dev is stable now and he is expected to get discharged in a couple of days."
Later in the day, a short statement on his Instagram account expressed gratitude for the concern and support extended to his family.
"Thank you everyone for all the love and concern. I’m overwhelmed with the good wishes and well on the road to recovery," the statement read.