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Bangladesh Cricket Board

Full-strength squads for Asian Games

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday officially announced their best possible T20 squad, sans captain Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, for the 17th Asian Games due to take place at Incheon, South Korea this year. Mushfiqur was excused for his wedding due on September 27 while Shakib is serving a suspension.   This means that the national players will be taking part in three international assignments in as many months and are not scheduled to get much of a...

Asian Games

BCB goes all out for gold

As per the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB's) directive, the national selectors submitted a strong 15-member squad for the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4. Almost all the leading cricketers except captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who has opted out in order to attend his marriage ceremony, were drafted in the side as the board is desperate to retain the gold in the multinational competition. But many have questioned the wisdom of sending the...

BPL Fixing

Final hearings from Sept 8-11

The final hearing of the appeals against the decisions of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB's) anti-corruption tribunal regarding match-fixing in the BPL will take place between September 8 and 11, the BCB's disciplinary panel through a press release informed yesterday. The tribunal's decisions -- which acquitted six out of the nine individuals charged for corruption by the ICC and imposed suspensions of varying lengths on cricketers Mohammad Ashraful, Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Dhaka Gladiators owner Shihab Chowdhury -- were challenged by...

'Up to us to use his suggestions'

One cannot expect immediate results after two days of sessions, observed Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque as performance psychologist Phill Jauncey ended his programme with the Tigers yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. As part of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) attempt to rectify the national team's recent bad performances, they hired Jauncey to make sure that no stone was left unturned ahead of the Tigers' tough challenge during the Caribbean tour in August-September. “He said many things in detail...

Shakib Suspension

Appeal response after Eid

Appeal response after Eid

A decision regarding all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's appeal against the suspension imposed on him by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will be taken after Eid, informed BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon yesterday. Speaking at a ceremony organised to congratulate newly-elected ICC President AHM Mustafa Kamal at a city hotel, Papon said that he wanted...

Apology softens hearts

Shakib Al Hasan's decision to appeal to the Bangladesh Cricket Board to reconsider his suspension has now put the ball in the BCB's court. While it is still not clear as to whether the board will bring about any modifications to the suspension at all, a large section of Bangladesh's cricketing community feels that Shakib, who publicly apologised for his behavioural misconduct yesterday, now deserves a shorter sentence. "He has apologised to the nation, which I think is a respectful...

BPL Fixing

Both ICC, BCB to appeal verdict

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) through a press release yesterday confirmed their intention to appeal the decision made by the BCB anti-corruption tribunal regarding the disciplinary procedures related to the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League. Six out of the nine individuals charged with corruption during the BPL were cleared by the anti-corruption tribunal. Dhaka Gladiators owner Shihab Chowdhury, who was slapped with a 10-year ban, was the only one found guilty. The individuals who confessed...

Just Dhaka and Ctg?

The Bangladesh Cricket Board's decision to host the entire Zimbabwe series in only two cities --Dhaka and Chittagong -- has brought to the fore an alarming question. With eight internationally recognised stadiums in the country and with a total of eight international games to be played, why is it that only a small portion of the nation gets the pie? Of the six remaining -- Dhaka and Chittagong will host the matches -- there are at least three cities which...

Shakib 'has a severe attitude problem'

Shakib 'has a severe attitude problem'

The year 2014 for Bangladesh cricket so far, both on and off the field, has been shrouded in darkness. Yesterday's decision by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to impose a six-month ban on all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has added another chapter to Bangladesh's bad run. It was expected that the board was going to take stern action against the all-rounder but still the BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon's words were heavy with emotion when he announced: “Our board has unanimously decided to ban him from competitive cricket for the next six months, both...

Come back with a smile

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday banned Shakib Al Hasan from all cricket for six months and barred him from playing in overseas competitions until the end of 2015. Was the harsh punishment inevitable for the champion all-rounder? Was it something that the whole nation tried to overlook time and again until it reached a point of severe suffocation that needed a little dose of inhaler in a serious attempt to breathe fresh air? It's a bit of both and...

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