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Play and remember Phillip Hughes

Play and remember Phillip Hughes

Hughes  the  12th  man 11. Darryn Randall (South Africa, 32) – South Africa, 2013 Randall was hit on the side of the head when attempting a pull shot. The batsman collapsed and was immediately rushed to hospital, but could not be revived. 10. Zulfiqar Bhatti (Pakistan, 22) – Pakistan, 2013 Bhatti was struck in the chest by the ball while batting and collapsed to the ground. Bhatti was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. 8. Alcwyn Jenkins (England, 72) – England, 2009 Beaumont celebrated a five-wicket haul earlier in the day,...

Falsifying security!

Falsifying security!

Helmets have given a false sense of security to batsmen, who...

'No no no ...'

Players and politicians expressed shock and grounds fell silent on Thursday as the cricket world plunged into mourning after the death...

'I have lost a good friend'

“The ball must have gone through the gap here,” a concerned-looking Mushfiqur Rahim told Shakib Al Hasan while the duo were...

Basundhara Cement Test Series & ODI Series

Fourth ODI shrouded by gloom

“It's really sad. I am not in the mood to say anything,” was the response from Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, when he was asked to say something regarding today's fourth ODI against Zimbabwe. The world cricket fraternity has been mourning the untimely demise of Australia batsman Phil Hughes and there was no exception here. Both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe players will observe a minute's silence prior to the start of the day-night game and will wear black armbands to show...

Sk Jamal storm into semis

Sk Jamal storm into semis

An impressive Sheikh Jamal DC stormed into the semifinals of the King's Cup with a thrilling 5-3 win over Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan AC in the last match of Group A at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan yesterday. Nigerian hitman Emeka Darlington and Gambian Landing Darboe struck a brace each, while Haitian Wedson...

Siddikur's plight goes on

Siddikur Rahman maintained his poor performance at the Resorts World Manila Masters' last round when the Bangladesh premier golfer played two-over-par 74 in the first round of the King's Cup at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club in Thailand yesterday. Having finished 52nd in the Manila Masters following eight bogeys in the last round, the two-time Asian Tour winner started the day with a bogey on the first hole and again on the 16th hole to finish joint 111th...

Brandao jailed for a month

Bastia's Brazilian striker Brandao was on Thursday jailed for a month and fined 20,000 euros ($25,000) for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta. The President of the Paris court, however, implied the 34-year-old could benefit from a reduced sentencing and not a prison stay. French prosecutors had requested an eight-month suspended term and 15,000 euros fine, against Brandao who waited for and headbutted Motta after a Ligue 1 game on August 16.

Pele put under 'special care'

Brazil great Pele, 74, was on Thursday taken into a "special care" unit in a Sao Paulo hospital after his health worsened, three days after being admitted with a urinary infection, the hospital confirmed. "Edson Arantes do Nascimento [Pele] remains in hospital. To receive the best care he was transferred in order to be monitored in a special care unit," read a statement released by the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo. Pele underwent surgery for kidney stones on November 13...

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'Changed attitudes behind success'

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided not to send the team to Dubai to play matches, as part of their preparations for the World Cup next year, as they thought that it would be too hectic for the players. BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon informed reporters about the Dubai trip during an official press conference at his business office at the Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Operational Headquarters yesterday. During the marathon briefing the BCB boss talked about Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's bright...

UEFA Champions League

Atletico, Arsenal thru'

Atletico, Arsenal thru'

Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic blasted a hattrick as last year's beaten finalists Atletico Madrid booked their place in the knock-out rounds of the Champions League with a 4-0 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday. Juventus are in pole position to join the Spanish champions in qualifying from Group A after goals from Spaniard Fernando Llorente and Argentina's Carlos Tevez gave the Old Lady of Turin a 2-0 win at Malmo, who are eliminated. Olympiakos can still qualify in second place but must beat Malmo at home in two weeks time and hope Juve lose to Atletico in Italy. Raul Garcia opened the scoring for Atletico before Mandzukic took over but the Spaniards still...

Kangaroos, Black Cats in final

The Kangaroos and Black Cats moved into the final of the Third Kalabagan Cricket Academy Twenty20 Tournament, beating their respective semifinal opponents at the Kalabagan Ground on Wednesday. The Kangaroos (125/7) beat Lions by 50 runs in the first semifinal, thanks to a five- wicket haul from Kalabagan spinner Shahriar and 32 runs from their top-order batsman Imam. In the second semifinal, Black Cats (98/4) beat Tigers by six wickets as Black Cats' Sagar put in an all-round effort, contributing...

Legends succumb to first defeat

Legends of Rupganj suffered their first defeat in the Dhaka Premier League yesterday as they went down to Brothers Union by five wickets at the BKSP yesterday. Batting first, Rupganj were bowled out for 192 in 49.1 overs. In reply, Brothers reached their target with 2.3 overs remaining. Mosharraf Hossain's performance, which saw him score 80 runs and scalp two wickets, was the highlight of the game. Meanwhile, Prime Bank Cricket Club made the most of Rupganj's fall and beat...

20 goals after calf was born!

In the French amateur leagues, Sunday League side Marly-Gomont managed to lose 20-0 to opponents Tupigny. However, it has since emerged that there were several mitigating factors for the embarrassing scoreline. According to a French regional news site, Marly-Gomont lost their goalkeeper after just 25 minutes of the game when he received a phone call to inform him that one of his cows had gone into labour. The goalkeeper, a farmer by day, had to be subbed off so he could return...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Published Date: November 27, 2014
TIGERS moving towards clean sweep

TIGERS moving towards clean sweep

  Anamul Haque might be ruing his missed century but captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza should be the happiest man after the way the Tigers secured the series against Zimbabwe with two matches in hand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night in front of a near-capacity crowd. The home side were near-perfect in...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Anamul paves his way

Anamul paves his way

Anamul Haque is not necessarily the greatest of players to watch. He often lacks the finesse shown by his opening partner Tamim Iqbal, neither does he seem as compact as Mushfiqur Rahim. And yet, despite his apparent flaws, he has managed to hold on to a consistent rhythm. Such has been the extent of...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Dav's Dissection

Dav's Dissection

I can understand Zimbabwe making changes for the 3rd ODI -- a win for them would keep the series alive, and a loss will mean a series win for Bangladesh and a chance for a clean sweep. I was happy with the way the Bangladesh openers (Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Huq) went about their job. It was conventional and acceleration was progressive. To bat for 25 overs before losing the first wicket is a huge bonus. The one blip with the batting was the loss of both set batsmen before the batting powerplay. This meant of course that the new batsmen could not take advantage of the field restrictions. The turning...

King's Cup

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Sk Jamal up against Sony

Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal DC will look to ensure their semifinal berth in the King's Cup by getting the better of their former star Sony Norde as they take on Mohun Bagan in the final match of Group A today. The match begins at 5:00pm the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu. Sheikh Jamal will need a draw today to qualify but they are aware of the threat from Sony, who moved to the Kolkata giants at the end of last...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Hughes still critical

Hughes still critical

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes remained in a critical condition Wednesday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, as players rallied around the bowler who inflicted the damage. The 25-year-old, who was pressing for a Test recall, was knocked out by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a freak incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, crumbling to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head. He underwent emergency surgery and was in an induced coma in intensive care at St Vincent's Hospital. "Philip's condition is unchanged and he remains critical," Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said in a brief statement on Wednesday afternoon. Test captain Michael Clarke was one...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Abul, Taijul in for 4th ODI

The selectors made two changes to the team for the fourth ODI of the five-match series against Zimbabwe to be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur tomorrow. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam replaced Arafat Sunny, who took ten wickets in the first three matches, while pacer Abul Hasan replaced the injured Shafiul Islam, who left the field during the second innings of the third match with a thigh injury. These changes are believed to have been made to...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Messi sets goal-record

Messi sets goal-record

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he netted a hattrick in Tuesday's 4-0 Group F win at APOEL Nicosia. The Barca and Argentina captain surpassed the record of 71 he jointly held with former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 striker Raul when he put his side 2-0 ahead shortly before halftime. The 27-year-old added two more goals in the second half to complete his 31st career treble, his fifth in Europe's elite club competition and the first in which he has scored all three with his less-favoured right foot. "I am pleased to have achieved such a nice record in such a nice and...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Aguero the saviour

Manchester City kept their qualification hopes alive as Sergio Aguero completed a hattrick in stoppage time to give the English champions a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich. City were five minutes from defeat against a side that had outplayed them throughout the game, whether playing with 10 or 11 players. Aguero gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot after centre-back Mehdi Benatia had been dismissed for bringing him down in the box as the last man. But Bayern still...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Hafeez lifts Pakistan

Opener Mohammad Hafeez struck a dominating century to lift Pakistan to 281-3 in the third and final Test against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday. The 34-year-old anchored Pakistan's innings with an unbeaten 178 -- his seventh Test hundred and second in the series -- as Pakistan dominated the day after winning a crucial toss and deciding to bat on a flat, grass-less Sharjah stadium pitch. Hafeez added an invaluable 121 for the fourth wicket with skipper Misbahul Haq who was...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
Real Madrid sans the Cross

On 12th September, Florentino Pérez announced a three-year partnership agreement with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, a bank in the United Arab Emirates. To show that Real are committed, they have removed the 'Cross' from above their logo. One of the flagship items announced at the event was a brand-new National Bank of Abu Dhabi credit card that doubles as a Real Madrid membership card. Images of this new product have now surfaced, revealing that it features an edited version of...

Published Date: November 27, 2014
SL go 1-0 up

Sri Lanka rode on three fifties to fashion a 25-run win over England in the first of the seven-match ODI series in Colombo yesterday. Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored with 88, Mahela Jayawardene hit 55 and Kusal Perera made 59 as the hosts posted 317 for six in 50 overs. Six bowlers chipped in with a wicket or more as the hosts successfully defended the total, bundling England out for 292, despite a 119-run knock from Moeen Ali and a battling 65 from...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Tigers have to go for the kill

Tigers have to go for the kill

Today is the chance for the Tigers to take a 3-0 lead and confirm the series with two matches remaining when they take on Zimbabwe in the third ODI at Mirpur. The momentum is with them, yet some fine tuning may still be needed, but everything is in favour of the hosts. On the...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Hunt for the pace attack

Hunt for the pace attack

The exclusion of pacer Al-Amin Hossain from the third ODI against Zimbabwe did not create much of a stir in the cricketing fraternity. Maybe it was because of the way he has bowled in the series so far. He gave away 65 runs in 10 overs and picked a wicket in the two...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Razzak, Hom day's stars

Kalabagan Krira Chakra captain Abdur Razzak took four wickets and led his side to their second win in the Dhaka Premier League at the BKSP yesterday as they thumped Old DOHS by 90 runs. In the day's other games, Prime Bank Cricket Club beat Mohammedan Sporting by four wickets, courtesy of a fine all-round performance from Shuvagata Hom at Fatullah, while a half-century from Liton Kumar led Abahani to a six-wicket win over Partex Sporting Club at the BKSP. A cautious...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Vettori back for Kiwis

Vettori back for Kiwis

Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori's comeback and who wins the toss will be the joint focus in the series-deciding third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand starting in Sharjah on Wednesday. New Zealand have included Vettori in the eleven in their bids to level the series which they trail 1-0 after losing the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi and drawing the second in Dubai. The 35-year-old Vettori, who has 360 wickets, played the last of his 112 Tests (one Test for ICC World XI and the rest for New Zealand) in July 2012 and has since been sidelined due to a back injury. Skipper Brendon McCullum confirmed Vettori will...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Abahani's humble exit

Four-time professional league champions Abahani were eliminated from the King's Cup after suffering a 0-2 defeat against I-League side Pune FC in their last match of Group B at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, yesterday. The second defeat in four matches for meant Abahani finished the tournament with four points, three behind Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal who qualified as runners-up from the group alongside group champions Pune FC, who have won all four of their matches. Abahani's exit leaves Sheikh...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
CA to probe Clarke selection row

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland will grill Michael Clarke and national team selectors after a bizarre breakdown in communication over the injured captain's availability for the first Test against India next week. Selectors on Monday named the injured skipper in a 12-man squad for the Brisbane Test with the proviso that he play a two-day tour match against the tourists starting on Friday to prove his fitness. Hours later, Clarke, battling to recover from a hamstring injury, said he had already...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
'We'll have to put in everything'

Zimbabwe batsman Vusi Sibanda has said that the visitors will 'put in everything' to prevent Bangladesh from bagging the 5-match series in Mirpur today. Having suffered heavy defeats in the first two ODIs in Chittagong, Sibanda hoped for a much better performance from his team. "It is pretty much a do-or-die match. It is a one-off game in which we will have to put in everything. The guys are still feeling positive," said Sibanda in Mirpur yesterday. Like in every series,...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Bans lifted

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has officially lifted domestic and international suspensions on three more players -- forward Rasel Mahmud Jimmy, defender Imran Hasan Pintoo and goalkeeper Zahid Hossain – during an executive committee meeting yesterday. The decision comes in the wake of lifting of the suspension on midfielder Kamruzzaman Rana last month. “The suspension of the three players has been lifted with immediate effect. However, Pintoo will have to pay Tk 25,000, instead of original fine of Tk one lakh,...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Robiul out for 6 wks

A shoulder injury has put Robiul Islam's stint in the Dhaka Premier League in jeopardy after the pacer dislocated his shoulder in a league game against Legends of Rupganj on November 17. The bowler is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks. During the game, which took place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Robiul was fielding at short mid-off and injured himself when he dived to stop the ball. He was immediately taken to hospital...

UEFA Champions League

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Liverpool, Arsenal aim to rebound

Liverpool's Champions League campaign is on the line as they travel to Ludogorets on Wednesday where victory is crucial for both teams. In London, Arsenal can also shake off their domestic troubles and guarantee their place in the knock-out phase when they take on already-qualified Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium.   ATLETICO MADRID V OLYMPIAKOS Last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid can return to the knock-out phase with victory over Greek champions Olympiakos in the Spanish capital. Olympiakos, whose best result in the competition...

Barclays Premier League

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Clyne rescues Saints

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne capped a memorable fortnight with the late equaliser that rescued a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Monday. Clyne won his first two England caps against Slovenia and Scotland during the recent international break and the right-back was the man of the moment for Southampton as well thanks to his crucial 81st minute strike at Villa Park. Ronald Koeman's second placed side looked set for only their third defeat in the Premier League this season after Gabriel...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Wanyama's house burgled

Burglars broke into Southampton star Victor Wanyama's house in England Monday night and stole property worth millions of shillings including his Range Rover SUV and three television sets amongst other electronics. He also lost about 30 pairs of shoes and designer clothes, amongst other household goods. Wanyama was featuring for his club Southampton FC in the 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa at Villa Park in an English Premier League match on Monday evening.

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Pele back in hospital

Brazilian football legend Pele was back in hospital Monday in Sao Paulo, days after he underwent surgery for kidney stones. "Patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) has been admitted for evaluation and remains in stable condition," said a statement from Albert Einstein Hospital. Local media reported that Pele was being treated for a urinary infection. Pele, 74, underwent surgery November 13 for kidney stones.

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Rafa to open his academy in 2016

Rafael Nadal will open a tennis academy on his home island of Mallorca in 2016. The 14-time Grand Slam winner has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the academy in his home town of Manacor. Nadal says "this is a special day for me, this project that we have been working on for many years is finally a reality." He says the plan is to "begin with a summer camp in 2016." The academy will include a school where promising tennis talents can...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Scholastica cricket held

Scholastica Red team won the title of Scholastica interschool boys' cricket tournament beating the same school's Blue team in the final at the Armed Police Battalion field in Uttara on Friday. National cricketer Shahriar Nafees inaugurated the three-day competition as chief guest in a colourful ceremony which was chaired by Scholastica Senior Section's principal brig gen (retd) Kaiser Ahmed. Sunbeams, Sunnydale and Milestone were the other schools who participated in the meet.

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Hit by a bouncer, Hughes in coma

Hit by a bouncer, Hughes in coma

Australian batsman Phil Hughes was fighting for his life following emergency surgery Tuesday after he was knocked out by a bouncer in a freak incident which shocked cricket. The 25-year-old, who is pressing for a Test recall, crashed to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head and was rushed to...

2015 Copa America

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Argentina, Uruguay in same group

Argentina, Uruguay in same group

World Cup runners-up Argentina face holders Uruguay, who knocked them out of their home tournament four years ago, and Brazil will meet Colombia in a World Cup rematch in the group phase at the 2015 Copa America. Hosts Chile, looking to win the world's oldest active international tournament for the first time, were handed...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
SL-Eng 1st ODI today

England will look to settle scores against Sri Lanka after their bad-tempered clash earlier this year when the two sides meet in a pre-World Cup one-day series from Wednesday. The seven-match tour has been spiced up by comments from England captain Alastair Cook that his team will try to exact revenge for the Test and one-day defeats at home. Cook's status as captain came under heavy pressure after the 1-0 Test defeat, and tempers frayed in the ODIs when off-spinner Sachithra...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
President's Cup tennis underway

Dhaka Club President's Cup National tennis Tournament got underway at the Dhaka Club tennis court and the adjacent National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. A total of 186 tennis players from 25 districts and six tennis clubs are taking part in the five-day tournament. The champion team will receive a prize money of Tk 40,000 while the runners-up team will get Tk 30,000 as prize money, said a press release from the club yesterday.

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Series first, then testing

Series first, then testing

The selectors on Sunday night announced a team only for the third ODI against Zimbabwe which will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur tomorrow as they are planning to go for some experimentation in the last two games. And the testing will go on only if the Tigers confirm the...

Walton Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2014-15

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Jahurul lifts Legends

Out-of-favour Jahurul Islam missed a century for only five runs but his effort helped Legends of Rupganj to continue their all-win record in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) with a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Victoria at BKSP yesterday. The right-hander struck nine boundaries during his 127-ball 95 as defending champions Legends of Rupganj reached the target of 192 for three wickets in 46.1 overs to secure their fifth win in as many matches. Meanwhile, former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud continued playing...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Anxious time for Clarke

Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke said Monday he will miss a vital lead-up game, raising fresh doubts about his chances of playing in next month's first Test against India. Clarke, who was named in a 12-man squad Monday subject to a fitness test on his left hamstring, was selected to play for a Cricket Australia XI against the tourists in Adelaide on Friday. Clarke later confirmed that he will not be playing in that match, placing his position in the Test...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Mathews to lead SL

England will face many familiar opponents at the start of their one-day international series against Sri Lanka, after a 15-man squad was announced on Monday for the first three of seven matches. Angelo Mathews will lead a lineup including the veteran batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, as the pair embark on their final winter of ODI cricket culminating in the World Cup. Sangakkara appears set to keep wicket, after Dinesh Chandimal, who deputised in the final two matches against India,...

King's Cul

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Abahani's mountain to climb

A demoralised Abahani will face an uphill task to qualify for the semifinals of the King's Cup when they take on already-qualified Pune FC in their last match of Group B at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thumphu, today. The four-time professional league champions are in third position with four points from three matches, three behind defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal, who handed a 5-1 defeat to Ugyen Academy yesterday, and five points adrift of Pune FC, who have...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Mohammedan appoint Joshi

Former national winger Kazi Jasimuddin Ahmed Joshi has been appointed as the head coach of Mohammedan SC while Abdul Kaiyum Sentu has been made his assistant for the upcoming football season, which is scheduled to get underway with the Federation Cup from December 19. Joshi successfully guided the Mohammedan junior teams (U-16 and U-18) to two consecutive titles in the youth championship in the last two years. The former Mohammedan winger also worked with the senior team in the 2005...