• Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Zim fold for 241

Zim fold for 241

Despite having lost a wicket towards the end of the first day of the three-day practice match at Fatullah yesterday, the day belonged to the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI as they managed to bundle the Zimbabweans out for 241 runs in 76.2 overs. In reply the hosts lost the wicket of Shadman Islam and reached stumps on 11 for 1.   Pacer Mehedi Hasan Rana and skipper Naeem Islam took two wickets each while Robiul Islam...

Jubair exudes confidence

Jubair exudes confidence

A sudden rise and even a quicker fall of Bangladeshi cricketers...

'BFF working on amicable parting'

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is moving towards ending the contract with national team's head coach Lodewijk de Kruif through an amicable...

Sagar starts gold spree

Mahfizur Rahman Sagar's bid to winning eight gold medals in the 27th National Swimming Championships got off to a fantastic start...

WI looking for a way out

Battle lines are being drawn in West Indies cricket between the players and administrators following the team's shock withdrawal from the tour of India. In the wake of the unprecedented decision to abandon the campaign at the end of the fourth one-day international in Dharamsala on Friday, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials are due to meet in emergency session on Tuesday to consider the ramifications of their squad's failure to fulfil a contractual obligation with the most powerful and...

DRS on for Zim series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has finally decided to introduce Decision Review System (DRS) in the coming three-match Test series against Zimbabwe as a 'test case'. According to the BCB, reason behind the decision was to make sure that they took all the advantages in a series, which is very vital for the home team as they are looking forward to gaining the much-needed ranking points to avoid staying at the bottom. "We are introducing the DRS for the first time in...

Title sponsors announced

The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday declared Bashundhara Cement as the title sponsor of the Test and ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.  Hosts Bangladesh in the 45-day-long bilateral series will play three Tests and five ODIs against the visitors. A logo unveiling ceremony was held on this regard at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday where senior dignitaries of both the BCB and Bashundhara Group were present.  The first time the conglomerate came up to support cricket was during Bangladesh's home series against...

Mamunul returns for nat'l duty

Bangladesh captain Mamunul Islam returned from Kolkata yesterday to join the national camp ahead of Bangladesh's two international friendlies against Sri Lanka this month. The 26-year-old midfielder is hopeful that Bangladesh would win both the matches. “We want to win both the matches and we don't want a repeat of the performance against Nepal where we won one and lost the other,” said Mamunul, who will return to Kolkata on October 28. Sri Lanka are scheduled to arrive in the capital...

Target ending drought

Pakistan hope to end a 20-year drought against Australia when they meet in the first of two Tests in Dubai from Wednesday but they are hobbled by the absence of spin king Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal, who has been suspended due to an illegal bowling action, has single-handedly ruled the dry and slow tracks of Pakistan's neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, especially at Dubai where he has 37 wickets in six Tests, three of which Pakistan won. That includes 24...

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UEFA Champions League

Mueller expects knife-edge clash

Mueller expects knife-edge clash

Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller expects Tuesday's Champions League clash at AS Roma to be a tight affair as Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich travel to face his former club. "It won't be decided quickly, but will be the sort of game which hangs in the balance," said the Bayern star after training in Munich on...

UEFA Champions League

City searching first win

Manchester City continue their search for a first Champions League win this season when they face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, while Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are among the sides in action elsewhere. CSKA MOSCOW V MAN CITY After taking just one point from their opening two matches, Premier League champions City go to Russia to face CSKA still looking for their first win. Manuel Pellegrini's men are fresh from a 4-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend...

Lega calcio

Hernanes rescues Inter

Hernanes rescues Inter

Brazilian Hernanes levelled with a bullet header in injury-time to secure a share of the points for Inter Milan in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Napoli that could help decide the fate of Nerazzurri coach Walter Mazzarri. Following two consecutive heavy defeats to Cagliari (4-1) and Fiorentina (3-0), Mazzarri was under pressure from club...

Barclays English Premier League

Stoke rally to beat Swansea

Stoke came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday as they climbed to 10th in the English Premier League table. Victory left Mark Hughes's men level on points with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. It was a tale of two penalties as the first half ended all square at 1-1. Referee Michael Oliver first pointed to the spot after Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross grappled Wilfried Bony to the ground as the pair waited for a Swansea...

Jose furious with Spain

Jose Mourinho has criticised the treatment of some of his Chelsea players on international duty after the manager revealed Diego Costa will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Maribor. Mourinho confirmed Costa - who also missed the 2-1 weekend victory at Crystal Palace - aggravated an existing hamstring problem during the last international break with Spain when he faced Slovakia and Luxembourg in the space of four days. The Chelsea manager insists he had no contact with Spain coach Vicente del...

Neymar relishing firepower

Barcelona forward Neymar is looking forward to welcoming Luis Suarez into his and Lionel Messi's star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns from a four-month ban this weekend. Suarez looks set to make his debut for the Catalans on the biggest stage of all as Barca face Real Madrid for the first time this season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Neymar and Messi have already combined for 17 goals in 10 games so far this season and the Brazilian is...

Fatal goal celebration

A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported on Monday. Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said. As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting team-mates...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Rookie leggie in 14-man squad

Rookie leggie in 14-man squad

  Leg-spinner Jubair Hossain has been included in the 14-member team for the first Test against Zimbabwe which begins in Mirpur on October 25. The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the team yesterday evening. The 19-year-old bowler has played just two first-class matches and is going to be Bangladesh's first specialist leg-spinner to make a Test squad. As other changes to the side that played in West Indies, pacer Shahadat Hossain has returned to the Test fold after 19 months. Top-order batsman Marshall Ayub has also returned to the team. Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has returned from his disciplinary suspension. Anamul Haque, Elias Sunny, Robiul Islam, Shohag Gazi, Nasir Hossain and Imrul Kayes,...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Nasir's challenge

Nasir's challenge

“Let's distribute some sweets. I have made it to the team (BCB XI) for the tour of India,” was what Nasir Hossain said on Saturday immediately after he came to know that he was chosen in a second-stringed national side to play an invitational tournament in India, instead of playing the Test series against Zimbabwe. On any other day Nasir's statement would have depicted his typical, care-free attitude; a characteristic which has perhaps helped bail Bangladesh out of a number of precarious positions. Be it his defiant 44 against New Zealand which helped Bangladesh overcome 307 at Fatullah or his pressure-free 54 which knocked India out of the Asia Cup in...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
De Kruif wants to continue

Dutch coach Lodewijk de Kruif has said that he wishes to continue to work for the Bangladesh Football Federation, a day after BFF president Kazi Salahuddin went on record saying that the board had relieved de Kruif and his assistant Rene Koster of their duties due to their 'lack of dedication'. However, it was learnt yesterday that Salahuddin's outburst was an emotional one and that the BFF had in fact served the Dutch duo with a show-cause notice. "We have started...

AFC U-16 Women's Championship

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Narrow defeat for hosts

Narrow defeat for hosts

Ten-player Bangladesh conceded a 1-2 defeat against India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday as their chances of qualifying for the final round of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship became bleak. The defeat left Bangladesh in second position with six points from three games and makes their last match against top-of-the-table Iran on October...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
'Tigers are powerful'

'Tigers are powerful'

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has said that his side will not pay any heed to Bangladesh's poor run in international cricket in 2014 as they expect the Tigers to put up their best show at home. Bangladesh have lost three out of the four Tests and 12 of the 13 ODIs they played this...

WI's Pullout

Published Date: October 20, 2014
BCCI ponders Rs 400 cr claim

West Indies' pullout from their tour of India may cost the country's board heavily with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mulling to claim damages to the tune of approximately 400 crore rupees from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The BCCI is due to have a working committee meeting on October 21 to discuss the matter, where a final decision will be taken. The West Indies announced their decision to withdraw, owing to a pay dispute between...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
SL will host India in '15

Sri Lanka, who were supposed to tour India for three Tests in August 2015, will now host the series, according to SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga. The decision has come in the wake of Sri Lanka agreeing to plug the gap in India's home calendar after West Indies' pullout. "As we are obliging India with a five-match ODI series there next month, India are obliged to return the tour next year and we have switched the Test series," Ranatunga said. The BCCI,...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Late drama lifts Liverpool

Late drama lifts Liverpool

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling ended a difficult week on a high as the teenager inspired his side's dramatic 3-2 win over QPR in an incredible finish featuring three goals in stoppage-time at Loftus Road on Sunday. The 19-year-old's commitment to his country and passion for the sport were  questioned recently, but Sterling made a point...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Kolkata held at home

Ten men Atletico de Kolkata were held to a 1-1 draw by Delhi Dynamos on Sunday at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Jofre Mateu successfully converted his penalty to put Kolkata into the lead, however Elias scored a gem of a goal to restore parity. After some early exchanges, the first opportunity of the match came the travellers' way. Having received the ball from the right flank, Alessandro Del Piero, the skipper of the side, showed glimpses of his...

LFP

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Barca, Atletico secure wins

Barca, Atletico secure wins

Barcelona maintained their four-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga ahead of next weekend's first El Clasico of the season with a 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday. Madrid cruised to victory earlier in the day as they secured a seventh consecutive win in all competitions with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Koeman in shock

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said he was "in shock" after his side continued their outstanding start to the season with an 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland at St Mary's. Koeman has done fantastically with this victory leaving Southampton third in the table, with only champions Manchester City and leaders Chelsea above them in the standings. Graziano Pelle's double, as well as goals from Jack Cork, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane, plus two Sunderland own-goals, saw Southampton to their biggest-ever victory...

Lega Calcio

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Roma move within 1 point of Juventus

Francesco Totti inspired Roma to a 3-0 win over Chievo earlier in the day, the result leaving Chievo coach Eugenio Corini without a job, as he was sacked hours later. Chievo had scored just once on six previous visits to the Stadio Olimpico and barely mustered a shot on goal all night as Roma went about their business with consummate ease. Roma took the lead after only four minutes when Mattia Destro dived to head Miralem Pjanic's corner past Francesco Bardi...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Bale out of Livepool clash?

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said he will evaluate the fitness of Gareth Bale ahead of his side's Champions League trip to Liverpool on Wednesday. The Welshman was an unused substitute in Madrid's 5-0 win at Levante on Saturday after returning to the Spanish capital with a gluteal muscle injury picked up in playing for his country last week. And with the first El Clasico of the season at home to Barcelona to come next weekend, Ancelotti insisted he would...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Villa strikes again

Spanish star David Villa rescued a 1-1 draw for Melbourne City with his second goal in two Australian A-League games on Sunday. The World Cup winner struck a fabulous equaliser from the edge of the box in the 87th minute to share the points with the Newcastle Jets. "He needs only a little moment," City's Dutch coach John van't Schip said of Villa.

Published Date: October 20, 2014
BCB to introduce DRS in ZIM series

BCB to introduce DRS in ZIM series

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to introduce the Decision Review System (DRS) for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe due to begin on October 25. This will be the first time that the DRS will be employed in a home series in Bangladesh. The system, which provides the bowling side to appeal against an...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Goetze would love Reus

World Cup winner Mario Goetze says he would welcome former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Marco Reus at Bayern Munich. Reus is under contract at Dortmund until June 2017, but has a release clause in his contract, believed to be around 25 million euros. I get on really, really well with Marco and I always look forward to seeing him when we meet up with the Germany squad," Goetze told Sky Sports. "We had a great year together. Of course, I would be delighted...

Published Date: October 20, 2014
Wenger rues lack of focus

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said his players do not currently possess the ruthlessness to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title. The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hull City on Saturday and required a stoppage-time equaliser from England forward Danny Welbeck to avoid losing the game. That result left them 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and six behind reigning champions Manchester City, with Southampton, West Ham and Manchester United also now above...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
De Kruif, Koster sacked

De Kruif, Koster sacked

Bangladesh national football team's head coach Lodewijk de Kruif and assistant coach Rene Koster have been sacked, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin informed reporters at his office yesterday. The BFF president said that a meeting of the National Team's Committee (NTC) on Friday night took the decision as they felt there...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Nasir for Kolkata, not for first Test

Nasir Hossain will not be considered for the first Test against Zimbabwe as the national selectors included him in the 15-member BCB XI squad for the Acharya Memorial Trophy to be held in Kolkata from October 25 to November 1 to commemorate 150 years of Eden Gardens Stadium. The axe fell on the 22-year-old all-rounder for the first time since he made his debut against West Indies at Chittagong in October 2011. Anamul Haque will also not be considered for...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Confident hosts face India today

Confident hosts face India today

With two wins in two matches under their belt, a confident Bangladesh will take on pre-tournament favourites India in a crucial encounter of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today. Bangladesh, who have six points and sit just behind Iran due to an inferior goal difference, will want to...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Media pressure?

Middle order batsman Nasir Hossain was gutted yesterday after it was confirmed that he would not be playing the first Test against Zimbabwe, which begins on November 25. Nasir has been included in the squad that will tour India for an invitational tournament, which begins in the same week as that of the Zimbabwe Test and essentially rules him out. Speaking to The Daily Star Nasir said, “What can I say, I guess I got what I deserve. I did...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
'We should win'

'We should win'

Head cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha has said that he expects the Tigers to win the upcoming home Test series against Zimbabwe despite Bangladesh's poor form this year. The hosts have lost 12 of the 13 ODIs and three out of the four Tests they played this year. They are yet to produce a win in either format in 2014 so far. The newly-appointed Sri Lankan coach however reckons that the Zimbabwe series -- which is Bangladesh's last series before the World Cup next year -- can bring back some momentum for the hosts. "Realistically, I think that as we have home advantage we should do well. But we can't underestimate Zimbabwe because...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
India thinking of 'serious action'

India's cricket chiefs could take "serious action" against the West Indies, including possibly refusing to play a return series, for abandoning their tour because of an internal payment dispute, a top official said Saturday. The West Indies cut short the tour of India on Friday even though a fifth one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still remained to be played. "What has happened is very disappointing and calls for serious action," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Youth-based BCL in the offing

The third edition of the Bangladesh Cricket League, a franchise-based first-class domestic cricket competition, is expected to begin in mid-March next year. A number of issues, including the difficulties faced in the last edition and plans for next edition, were discussed in a meeting between the representatives of the franchises and the Bangladesh Cricket Board at Mirpur yesterday. The idea of hosting a youth-based league also came up in the meeting. Alongside hosting the first-class tournament, the officials might organise an...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Russian tennis chief says sorry

Russian tennis federation chief Shamil Tarpischev on Saturday said he was sorry for a jibe he made concerning Serena and Venus Williams on a Russian TV chat show, claiming that his words had been misinterpreted. The vastly-experienced coach and administrator, after prompting from the chat show host, referred to the American siblings as the "Williams brothers". His remarks were translated into English and brought a furious reaction from the powerful Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which fined him 25,000 dollars and banned...

Barclays English Premier League

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Saints go goal-crazy

Saints go goal-crazy

High-flying Southampton thrashed Sunderland 8-0 in the Premier League on Saturday as unbeaten leaders Chelsea remained five points clear at the top with a 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace. Sergio Aguero scored all Manchester City's goals in a 4-1 defeat of 10-man Tottenham Hotspur as the champions remained second while Arsenal needed a...

LFP

Published Date: October 19, 2014
C'Ron double propels Real

Real Madrid ensured they will head into a big week full of confidence with a 5-0 thrashing of Levante ahead of their meetings with Liverpool and Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his fine scoring streak at club level to nine games as he opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Javier Hernandez headed home to double Madrid's lead before half-time. Ronaldo powered home his 15th league goal in just seven appearances this season to make it 3-0 before sweet finishes from...

Bundes Liga

Published Date: October 19, 2014
6-shooter Bayern

6-shooter Bayern

Champions Bayern Munich crushed Werder Bremen 6-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to protect their four-point lead at the top as last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund continued their poor run with a 2-1 loss at Cologne. Fellow Champions League participants Bayer Leverkusen spectacularly imploded, giving up a 3-0 halftime lead to draw 3-3 against...

Indian Super League

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Mumbai bounce back in style

Mumbai City FC put up a five star show as they ripped apart FC Pune City scoring five past them without reply. Andre Moritz led from the front, registering a hattrick (12', 27', 71') while Subash Singh (37') and Johan Letzelter (85') were the others to join the party. Both sides made changes in what was the first Maharashtra derby in the Indian Super League (ISL). Subash Singh and Andre Francisco Moritz  started upfront for Mumbai. Meanwhile, injured captain Syed...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
'Confidence back with Dunga'

Three months on from their World Cup semifinal hiding by Germany, Brazil have recovered their poise, former coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said Friday. Parreira served as technical assistant to 2002 Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as the five-times champions were humbled 7-1 on home soil by eventual winners Germany. He and Scolari stepped down afterwards and former handler Dunga has overseen four straight friendly wins since he returned for a second spell, having been sacked after the 2010 World Cup. "Dunga's main...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Sturridge sidelined

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed England striker Daniel Sturridge is set to be sidelined for another month. Sturridge has already been out of action for six weeks due to a thigh strain he picked up on international duty. The 25-year-old had hoped to make his comeback on Sunday when Liverpool travel to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League. But, according to the Liverpool Echo, the former Chelsea forward pulled his calf during training on Thursday and could now be absent...

AFC U-16 Women's Championship

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Bangladesh trounce UAE

Bangladesh trounce UAE

It was quite a spectacle at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. More than five thousand spectators turned up at the big bowl to watch Bangladesh take on United Arab Emirates in the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers. The number is quite astonishing considering the fact that the marquee clashes of Bangladesh Premier League...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Zimbabwe in town

Zimbabwe in town

The Zimbabwean national cricket team arrived in Bangladesh yesterday to play their first Test series here after nearly a decade. The teams will also take part in a five-match ODI series. The last time Zimbabwe played a Test series in Bangladesh was back in January 2005 when the Tigers won the two-match series 1-0. The...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
BCB XI announced

A 14-member BCB XI team was announced yesterday for the three-day match against visiting Zimbabwe to be held at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium from October 20. The performance in the match will not have any impact on the team selection for the first Test, which starts on October 25 at Mirpur, as the national selectors will announce the team for the first Test of the three-match series before the start of the practice match. There will still be some focus on...