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New Zealand wins seat on UN Security Council

New Zealand wins seat on UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key vowed that New Zealand would be a "small country with a loud voice" after it won a seat on the UN Security Council. New Zealand secured 145 votes in the 193-nation General Assembly to win a non-permanent seats. Four other countries won a seat: Spain, Angola, Malaysia and Venezuela. The 15-member council...

New Zealand PM wins 3rd term in office

New Zealand PM wins 3rd term in office

Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy. "This is a great night. This is a victory for those who kept the faith,"...

'I'm not a big player'

It is quite apparent from his recent performances that off-spinner Shohag Gazi has suffered a major slump in form ever since his emphatic performance against New Zealand last year, which saw him take a hattrick and score a century in the first Test. In the six ODIs that he has played this year he took four wickets at an average of 43.75. He failed to pick any wickets in the four T20 matches that he played this year and had...

In search of a new hero

It's been eight months since Bangladesh last tasted a win in one-day cricket. Truth be told, very few could have predicted the treacherous slide that the Tigers have gone through ever since their dramatic four-wicket victory over New Zealand in Fatullah last winter. In a rare occurrence, the Tigers chased down 307 without any help from their most-sought after batsmen. Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal did not feature in that game, while captain Mushfiqur Rahim was caught at square-leg...

Tigers to be based in Brisbane

Bangladesh will play a total of four practice matches in Australia before they begin their 50-over World Cup campaign, set to begin in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 next year. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to send the national team 12 days ahead of the start of the mega event. The Tigers will leave on January 26 next year for Brisbane. “The official practice matches for the World Cup will begin on February 6. But we are...

Hathura looks for systemic progress

Hathura looks for systemic progress

The most talked about vacancy in Bangladesh cricket was officially occupied yesterday and it began a new chapter for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Chandika Hathurasingha, during his first interaction with the media, yesterday seemed to have a 'no-nonsense' outlook and appeared to have a clear map of progress in mind. There was not...

Focus off the field

West Indies will be bent on revenge while New Zealand are concerned about the crooked arm of a key opposition bowler heading into the first match of the three-Test series starting on Sunday at Sabina Park in Jamaica. While much of the local focus on the fixture has centred on local hero Chris Gayle becoming just the ninth Caribbean cricketer to play 100 Tests, the bludgeoning opening batsman's impending landmark has taken a backseat in the minds of the visitors,...

Senior HSBC official due in Dhaka today

Senior HSBC official due in Dhaka today

Jayant Rikhye, head of International Asia Pacific for HSBC and head of strategy and planning, is due to arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day visit, the bank said in a statement. Rikhye will meet colleagues from Bangladesh and a number of key HSBC clients and stakeholders during the visit, it said. Rikhye has direct responsibility for over 12 markets in Asia, comprising Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mauritius, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. In this capacity, he is a key source of support and guidance to country chief executives of the corporation. Rikhye joined HSBC Group in 1989 and has experience in operations in India, internal control...

Little kiwi, huge elephant bird were of a feather

Little kiwi, huge elephant bird were of a feather

They might be the odd couple of the bird world. Scientists on Thursday identified the closest relative of New Zealand's famed kiwi, a shy chicken-sized flightless bird, as the elephant bird of Madagascar, a flightless giant that was 10 feet (3 meters) tall and went extinct a few centuries ago. The surprising findings, based on...

End of a cycle?

There really should not be much hand-wringing about the black and white numbers in the wins and losses column as Bangladesh's ICC World Twenty20 campaign splutters to a halt with the finish line nowhere in sight. This is the end the more realistic of their fans would have expected -- they have rarely shown any signs that they appreciate the limited nuances of a game of bluster and brawn. The expectation on Bangladesh, even the players themselves said as much,...

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