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Brazil replaces world champ Germany at top of FIFA rankings

  

Pns: Brazil is back on top of the FIFA rankings , replacing World Cup holder Germany. Brazil hasn't played a game since June, while Germany was last in action a month ago when it beat Chile to collect the Confederations Cup in Russia. The FIFA rankings are based on results over a four-year period.Argentina retained third place, Switzerland rose to fourth - its highest position since the first rankings 24 years go - and Poland moved into an all-time best fifth.The United...

Abahani beat Mohammedan 1-0 in prestige battle

  

Pns: A last-minute goal by Rubel Miya enabled holders Dhaka Abahani Limited to manage a 1-0 goal victory over their arch-rivals Dhaka Mohammedan SC in a prestige battle of the Saif Power Battery 10th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Monday. With the day’s victory, the sky-blue Dhanmondi outfit, Abahani Ltd, not only returned to the winning run after their shocking 0-1 goal defeat against lowly Farashganj SC in their last...

U-19 team to play bilateral series with Afghanistan

  

Pns: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) arranged a new bilateral series against Afghanistan for its Under-19 Cricket team following the adjournment of the tri-nation series ahead of the ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign. The triangular series, hosted by India was scheduled to be staged between June and July with the participation of Sri Lanka. And so, Bangladesh organised the series against Afghanistan as a part of Under-19 World Cup preparation.The World Cup for the youth is due to...

Beating Australia not impossible: Mushfiq

  

Pns: Australia is set to tour Bangladesh in September for the first time for a Test series since 2006. But a lot has changed for Bangladesh cricket since then. Especially in the last one year, the Tigers have lifted their standard greatly, testified by their victories against England at home and Sri Lanka away. While they are a far stronger unit in limited overs, they will look to replicate that success in the longest format as well. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is confident that...

Tigers' start training camp in Chittagong

  

Pns: The Tigers started skill training camp on Saturday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong ahead of their home series against Australia. In the week-long camp, the first three days will be skill training which will be followed by three-day practice match between among themselves from August 9-11. After the match Bangladesh team will return to the capital on August 12.The preparations of Bangladesh team intensified after the pay dispute between the Australian players...

'Lessons from 2012 helped me'

  

Pns: Even before making his international debut for Bangladesh there was a lot of expectation on Tamim Iqbal. He has since proved himself and is now going stronger than ever. The country's highest run-getter in all three formats has been in magnificent form in the past three years or so, laying the foundations of many wins. The dashing left-hander speaks about his batting, how he changed his mindset and the legacy he wants to leave for Bangladesh cricket in an exclusive interview with The...

Sharapova battles into second round at WTA Stanford

  

Pns: Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made a battling return to US hardcourts on Monday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory over American Jennifer Brady in Stanford, California. "I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you," Sharapova told fans in a post-match interview. "It's my first match in the States in a really long time, and it's the closest thing to home for me."The former world number one from Russia hadn't played in the US since March of 2015, before...

Chandimal returns to lead against India

  

Pns: Sri Lanka on Tuesday named a 16-man squad led by Dinesh Chandimal for the second Test in Colombo against India starting Thursday. Chandimal has recovered from a bout of pneumonia which forced him to sit out the first Test in Galle. Sri Lanka lost to India by 304 runs. He was given the top slot last month after Angelo Mathews stepped down following a 3-2 defeat to Zimbabwe in a five-match one-day international series played at home. Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal...

Khaled Mahmud Sujon hospitalized

  

Pns: Bangladesh Cricket Board director and the former captain of Bangladesh Cricket team Khaled Mahmud Sujon has been hospitalized after been fell ill on Saturday night, media reports. He is now under close observation at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of United Hospital in the capital and his now at semi-coma condition. Earlier, the senior cricketer was admitted in the capital’s Kurmitola Hospital on Saturday midnight after he fell sick. Later on Sunday morning he was...

Australian MacGill made Tigers’ spin coach

  

Pns: Former Australian leg spinner Stuart MacGill has been appointed as the spin coach of Bangladesh Cricket team for three months. BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon disclosed it to the pressmen after the Executive Committee meeting of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday. MacGill will replace Sri Lankan Ruwan Kalpage as the spin coach of Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz and their mates. The 46-year-old, MacGill had taken 208 wickets with an average of 29.02...

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