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Shakib Al Hasan

NCL resumes with returning stars

The 15th National Cricket League is set to resume with the sixth round starting from today. The national players will take part in the league for the first time this season since it began in January this year. However, some of the national pacers have been advised against participating in the competition due to injuries. Al-Amin Hossain is nursing a hamstring injury and will be missing out on the sixth round, but is expected to return for the seventh, scheduled...

A time for change?

A time for change?

It's been four days since Bangladesh's dreadful World Twenty20 campaign officially came to an end and apart from the noise created from Shakib Al Hasan's controversial interview, the post- tournament period has so far been a quiet one for the Tigers, with no major changes announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as...

Tigers go from bad to worse

Tigers go from bad to worse

India romped into the semifinals of the ICC World Twenty20 with three straight wins, the last but not the least against a miserable Bangladesh, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night. It was another full house that cheered on the struggling home side but there was no sparkle from their beloved...

Few undoing the good of many

Few undoing the good of many

The fanfare around Mirpur yesterday for the Bangladesh-West Indies match almost made one forget that Bangladesh were in the midst of their worst phase in recent times. But change was afoot, not least in the personnel. The most significant was the popular Nasir Hossain being dropped, which must have told the team --...

Mushfiqur defensive again

Mushfiqur defensive again

It was an eventful day at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. Hong Kong opener Irfan Ahmed scored a duck for a golden pair in the tournament. His Afghanistan counterpart Mohammad Shahzad however not only avoided that embarrassment but also led his side to a comprehensive seven-wicket win with a belligerent 68. The burly right-hander, who is arguably the busiest player in the Afghan ranks and was shone a yellow card by witty New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden during the Asia Cup for excessive appealing behind the wicket, did chance his arm in match. He was dropped twice but that hardly dampened his exploits with the bat. He played some...

Tigers closer to next level

Tigers closer to next level

On a foggy evening under lights, amidst thousands of supporters screaming at the top of their voices, Bangladesh took one more step towards eliminating the pre-tournament fears of an early exit in the ICC World Twenty20 by securing a comfortable eight-wicket win over Nepal at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. The win has...

Relaxed Tigers

Three wins in three matches, albeit against weaker sides, and Bangladesh already seems to have distanced themselves from the rough patch that they had gotten into ever since the start of the Sri Lanka series this year. The players were visibly a lot more jovial during training yesterday, which had fun breaks amidst the serious sessions. During one such breather, the likes of Nasir Hossain and Shohag Gazi were seemingly having a go at Shakib Al Hasan's banana-peel mantra and...

Shakib awaited a one-sided game

Shakib awaited a one-sided game

Bangladesh's World T20 opener against Afghanistan was more than just a game. It was a battle of nerves, which the hosts had to overcome in order to avoid an embarrassing exit. That the lead up to this match received almost as much media coverage as that of the country's Upazila elections in the...

Tigers prove their worth

Tigers prove their worth

There was a lot of hype before the opening match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. In the end it offered an anticlimactic finish. The Tigers triumphed in flying colours. A nine-wicket victory for the home side was not just a kind of revenge of their Asia Cup defeat against the feisty Afghans, but more...

Tigers' show of discipline

Tigers' show of discipline

Bangladesh took an important step towards regaining their confidence, putting up their first disciplined all-round performance of the year at Fatullah yesterday and thumped giant-killers Ireland by 44 runs in their second warm-up game. The win was based on a rollicking stand worth 116 runs off just 59 balls between Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib...

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'Polls battle between two ideologies'

'Polls battle between two ideologies'

Priyanka Gandhi yesterday .......

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It is being viewed as Gandhi versus Gandhi.....

New book adds fuel to fire

New book adds fuel to fire

A new book by a former top ...

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