If anything is constant in this modern era, it is the need for continuous adjustments to fit the ever-changing landscape of the sport. Of late, a discernible urge for change in the cricketing world could be sensed with the 50-over format of the game set to take the brunt of the transformation.
The scoreline had read 4-3 in Manchester City’s favour with the away-goal factor no longer in play. And yet, as the players made their way to the dugout at the Etihad Stadium eight days back, the feeling was that Real Madrid have had the last laugh after a roller-coaster 90 minutes of one of the most enthralling first-leg Champions League knockout games in recent memory.
A sort of contradictory scenario currently prevails in Bangladesh cricket. Interested cricketers, once considered as potential mainstays of a format, are being ignored from their preferred format while the ones who are reluctant to play are given the opposite treatment.
When the Nigar Sultana-led Bangladesh women’s cricket team march onto the University Oval in Dunedin to play South Africa in the wee hours of Saturday, a brand new chapter in the country’s cricketing history will commence by marking the Tigresses’ first-ever appearance in the ODI World Cup.
Aimed at the chest and rising high, Neil Wagner’s brutal bouncer was intended to rattle Liton Das, who was yet to get going in his innings. But the right-hander was up for the task, doing brilliantly to drop his gloves and get his head away -- the textbook way of evading a bouncer.
The overwhelming cheer that broke out at the Kamalapur stadium after Anai Mogini’s long-ranger beat India goalkeeper only reflected the sports-crazy nation’s year-long yearning for sporting excellence to boast about.
Bangladesh failed to put up a decent fight against Pakistan in the two-Test series, which concluded yesterday with the hosts’ dramatic innings and eight-run defeat at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.