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Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium

'Still not feeling any difference'

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

'Still not feeling any difference'

Mushfiqur Rahim may have spoken to the media after a month at Mirpur yesterday and yet, only five minutes into the press conference, you could predict almost every statement that the Test captain was about to make. That the 26-year-old was going to base almost all his replies on a set formula was obvious from his very first statement of the day: "We have been working on our processes -- the basics. If that goes well everything will go fine." The cliched statement is something that Mushfiqur has been blurting...

Focus on spin in Zim series

The national selectors announced a 32-member preliminary squad yesterday for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe. The training camp for the three Tests and five ODIs will get underway today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The selectors made the long list as there is also an upcoming tour of the Bangladesh A team to India. The Faruque Ahmed-led selection panel, which also includes Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar, had a meeting with coach Chandika Hathurusingha where they discussed their...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

'Incheon wickets to suit BD spinners'

Bangladesh's hopes of winning gold medals in the Asian Games centres mostly around cricket and the last edition's gold medallists are expected to get familiar pitches in Incheon. The seven newly-laid pitches at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground, which are only six months old, tend to offer low but even bounce and turn for the spinners, according to Badiul Alam Khokon, the former curator of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium who is now in charge of preparing the pitches here. "The pitches at Yeonhui...

Silence masks pain of missing out

Shakib Al Hasan now regularly visits the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur as the ace all-rounder has a separate training schedule to follow. He often flashes an infectious smile at the reporters and sometimes even exchanges a few words; of course not anything serious or relating to his six-month ban on disciplinary grounds. Shakib is naturally straightforward but he has been showing a lot of restraint since the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) slapped the all-rounder with a six-month ban...

Tigers' last shot at regaining confidence

The Tigers will play their last practice game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur today before their departure for the West Indies on August 13. Like the first practice game on Thursday, the second match will also be a 60-over per side affair and will be played with the red ball. The first practice game saw a number of players hit form. Tamim Iqbal received a much-needed boost with a 102-ball 44. Mominul Haque, who had a torrid time...

'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...

Jauncey aims for good mental habits

Jauncey aims for good mental habits

Problems of pressure have beset Bangladesh's ODI cricket this year, evident in their winless streak so far in 2014. The post-match press conferences of each of Bangladesh's nine defeats this year had a common theme. A bewildered Mushfiqur Rahim was seen making statements such as 'we are working hard, but just not able...

Tigers' Tour of the Caribbean

Opener-heavy team picked

Opener-heavy team picked

Bangladesh cricket selectors yesterday picked four openers when they announced a 15-member squad for the three-match ODI series against the West Indies. Left-handed opener Imrul Kayes returned to the side along with pacer Rubel Hossain after missing last month's ODI series against India. The selectors made two changes from the last squad as, for...

Rain has final say

Rain has final say

As the smattering of spectators filed out of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday just after 8pm, when rain had the final say on the fate of the third match – a dead rubber – of the three-ODI series, it was hard to escape the feeling that the damp squib was an apt ending. India won the series 2-0 courtesy of a seven-wicket victory in the first game and an astonishing 47-run victory in the second game when they scored just 105, but even the second-string side they sent will not be happy with their batting performances -- they were 119 for nine in 34.2 overs after choosing to bat...

Shakib at it again

Shakib at it again

As Bangladesh were being humbled by an under-strength India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday, there was reportedly another one-sided fight going on behind the scenes. And if you have followed Bangladesh cricket, you will be given no prizes for guessing that at the eye of the storm was Tigers superstar Shakib Al...

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