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Tharanga relief as Windies loss sees Sri Lanka into World Cup

  

Pns: Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga backed his side to uphold the island's proud World Cup record after their automatic qualification for the 2019 edition in Britain was assured by West Indies' seven-wicket loss to England on Tuesday. With September 30 set as the cut-off date for automatic qualification for the International Cricket Council's showpiece 50-over tournament, two-time champions West Indies (78 points) now cannot move ahead of Sri Lanka (86 points) in the ODI team...

Bangladesh off to flying start in SAFF U-18 Champs

  

Pns: Coming from three goals behind, Bangladesh Under-18 Football Team beat their giant neighbour India by 4-3 goals in the opening match of the five-nation SAFF U-18 Championship at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Monday to get off to a flying start in the tournament. Bangladesh smartly returned to the match displaying a brilliant performance scoring four goals in a row in the 2nd half after trailing by 0-3 goals in the first half against India.It was a sweet...

Mushfiqur requests less pressure on top order batsmen

  

Pns: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has made a request to put less pressure on Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar during the upcoming tour of South Africa. His request came at the end of the press conference which at times veered into the polemic when he poked, with a smile on his face, at Shakib Al Hasan. All three players had a tough time in the Australia Tests earlier this month with only Sabbir scoring a half-century. Imrul and Soumya had an ordinary time, getting...

Rohingya inflow: IOM calls for coordinated response

  

Pns: IOM, the UN Migration Agency highlighted the need for a coordinated humanitarian response to the massive inflow of destitute people fleeing Myanmar and arriving in Cox’s Bazar. Estimated new arrivals have reached 391,000 and there is no sign of the flow of people drying up, as smoke from burning villages in Myanmar’s North Rakhine State remains clearly visible from the Cox’s Bazar district, reports IOM, the UN Migration Agency.Thousands of the new arrivals are now walking...

Naeem, Dhiman tons propel Rangpur

  

Pns: Experienced campaigner Naeem Islam coupled with Dhiman Ghosh slammed centuries for Rangpur Division that guided them to a comprehensive total of 325-6 against defending champions Khulan Division at the close of the Day-1 of the Walton National Cricket League in Khulna yesterday. At Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium (SKICS) in Cox’s Bazar, the Day-1 of another Tier-1 match between Dhaka Division and Barisal Division has been abandoned due to the wet field condition....

Nannu looks for spirited performance in SA

  

Pns: Even though a player like Shakib Al Hasan will always be irreplaceable, Bangladesh team management pondered his temporary absence from the Test cricket will act as a motivation for the players to prop up their game. As he always excels in both batting and bowling, selectors had to consider two players simultaneously in Mahmudullah Riyad and Taijul Islam to cover up his absence but still there is some loopholes because Shakib is also an ‘X factor’ for Bangladesh...

BPL Players' draft on Saturday

  

Pns: The Player draft for the 5th edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will be held Saturday (September 16) at the city's hotel at 12 pm. The players' draft will telecast live worldwide through GTV, Rabbithole Aps and You Tube. Each franchise can buy at least 5 foreign players instead of four and 10 to 13 local players from the players draft program. This time a franchise can include minimum three foreign players in a match. A total of seven franchises will take part in...

Champions Pakistan face stellar World XI in historic T20 today

  

Pns: Pakistan, for the first time after winning the Champions Trophy, will face a star-studded World XI team for the first of three T20 matches at the Gaddafi Stadium tonight, in a history-making event which sees the return of high-profile international cricket to the country after a wait of eight years. The World XI, led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis, reached Lahore on Monday morning amid tight security, with West Indian spinner Samuel Badree joining the team earlier today...

Shakib rested for two Tests with South Africa

  

Pns: The speculation that was circulated surrounding the iconic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has partially been true. Bangladesh team management relaxed Shakib for the next away Test series against the top-fight South Africa. Keeping Shakib out from the Test squad, BCB selection panel announced the 15-man Tigers squad for the South Africa tour. The rumour was rife after the conclusion of the home Test series against Australia that Shakib applied to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president...

Mahmudullah recalled for South Africa Tests

  

Pns: Mahmudullah has been recalled to Bangladesh's 15-member squad for their two-Test series against South Africa, which begins on September 28. Bangladesh also strengthened their seam-bowling options by adding Subhasis Roy and Rubel Hossain to the squad. Shakib Al Hasan, who was granted a break from the South Africa Tests, and Nasir Hossain, who underperformed in his comeback series against Australia, were excluded. It will be the first time Shakib won't be part of the Test team...

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