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Ban on Shakib’s foreign league goes

Ban on Shakib’s foreign league goes

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) today lifted the ban on talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan regarding participating in overseas tournaments. Speaking to journalists on his arrival in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from Singapore, BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon said the embargo on playing foreign leagues by Shakib has been lifted. Earlier on July 7...

Split-captaincy in Zim series?

An interaction between the media and the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon at Mirpur yesterday has spread doubts over Mushfiqur Rahim's chances of captaining Bangladesh in all three formats during the Zimbabwe series next month. Speaking to reporters yesterday Papon said that the board will take a 'final decision' regarding the introduction of split-captaincy in a board meeting this Tuesday. When asked who the contenders would be, if the board eventually did agree to name different captains for different...

17the Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Tigers leave for Incheon today

Tigers leave for Incheon today

Led by Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the Bangladesh national cricket team will leave here for the Asian Games with hopes of winning the gold medal at the Twenty20 tournament. Both the captain and coach Chandika Hathurusingha have marked Sri Lanka, who they are likely to face in the semifinals, as their main threat in...

Conditional return for Shakib?

Conditional return for Shakib?

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is expected to get the green signal to return from his six-month suspension-- imposed by the board on disciplinary grounds in July this year -- ahead of schedule in a board meeting at Mirpur today afternoon. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon told The Daily Star that...

World Cup trophy makes its mark

World Cup trophy makes its mark

The 2015 ICC World Cup trophy made its mark in Dhaka yesterday as part of ICC's programme which entails that the trophy visits each of the 14 participating nations of the mega event due to take place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 next year. The trophy's first stop...

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...

BPL Fixing

Verdict delay irks BCB boss

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon expressed his disappointment over the tribunal's delay in submitting the detailed verdict regarding fixing allegations in the second season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). While a short-verdict -- submitted by the three-member tribunal in February -- found Dhaka Gladiators' co-owner Shihab Chowdhury guilty and discharged six others as not guilty, Papon and the ICC are in pursuit of the complete verdict, which will explain the reasons behind the decisions. “I am very...

Papon may not name coach's name today

As promised by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon three days ago, the name of the new head coach for the Tigers is supposed to be disclosed today. But he may take a little longer before naming the name -- in all probability it will be former Sri Lanka Test batsman Chandika Hathurusingha -- as the board has yet to complete the necessary paper works in this regard. It's now all but confirmed that the BCB has reached...

BCB more than happy with $20.025 million

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was highly satisfied with the 20.025-million-dollar price fetched by the sale of their worldwide media rights for six years to local satellite channel Gazi TV. Gazi TV won the rights in an open bid yesterday and offered slightly more than the floor price of 20 million dollars -- an amount which made the BCB high-ups more than happy. It is the major source of income for the country's richest sports body. “The open bidding was in...

Papon's no to local coach

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon yesterday snubbed those who are advocating for a local head coach as an immediate replacement of Tigers' outgoing Australian coach Shane Jungensen. “At this point of time, I am giving the preference to a foreign coach. And in the future hopefully we will have a local coach attached to a foreign coach, this is what we hope,” Papon said while responding to an obvious question; who will take the charge of the...

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