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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza met Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry with the rest of the cricket captains by his side yesterday ahead of the World Cup.

 The World Cup will get underway today (Thursday) with the match between England and South Africa at 3:30 pm Bangladesh time  and the meeting took place ahead of the World Cup opening party at The Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace in central London, on Wednesday.

The event was followed by the opening party, hosted by former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. The event started with the introduction of captains of all 10 participating teams, followed by 60-second challenge. Hosts England scored 74 runs, four more than Australia's 69, and won the challenge. Cricketer Abdur Razzak and actress Jaya Ahsan represented Bangladesh in the challenge and finished above India (19 pts) with 22 points.

After the challenge, former Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who lifted the trophy in 2015, brought the glittering trophy on the stage. The event ended with the ICC World Cup 2019 theme song.



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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to change the design of the national team's World Cup jersey after the design of the two jerseys unveiled on Monday was squarely criticised by fans and media. 

BCB's chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury confirmed The Daily Star this morning that the design will be changed.

The design for the away jersey is completely red, with a bit of green on the arms and in front. However, the home jersey is completely green, with red nowhere to be seen. This home jersey was the one which the players wore during the official photo session of the team on Monday. The all-green jersey created a lot of resentment among the fans on social media, with some likening it to Pakistan jerseys. 

Following the uproar, BCB president Nazmul Hassan, on Monday night, told a TV channel that they would change the design of the home jersey. Nizamuddin confirmed this change today, saying, "There is no red on the home jersey. The new design will have red in it."

He also informed, "Initially the design had red in it. The team's name, Bangladesh, was in red. But ICC did not approve of it. There is probably a guideline of ICC that the team names will have to be in white colour. Now we will have to put the red colour somewhere else in the jersey."

The BCB CEO also informed that the jerseys that have already been put on sale in the market will be replaced by the new ones. 

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An official team photo session, with players donning their fresh new jerseys for the upcoming World Cup, is usually a festive and auspicious occasion. It is however not a major event, but yesterday one person made the Tigers' jersey photo session a controversial event by his absence.

 "It is unfortunate. What else can I say? It was a team photo," said BCB president Nazmul Hassan after the photo session, where most BCB high-ups were also present. "I called him and asked him where he was and he told me that he had gone home and that he would visit me later tonight [Monday night].

"All the players were told to be at the photo session. I hoped he would be here, but he is not. I think it is unfortunate for him also. Since the team is leaving day after tomorrow, I don't want to say much about it."

The disappointment was apparent in Hassan's words, but it also has to be asked whether disappointment is the only reaction. That is not to diminish Shakib's culpability. The all-rounder came back from India on Sunday night and caught up with his teammates yesterday morning. But, and since even the BCB president cannot say why and Shakib has not said anything on the subject, knowing fully well that an official team event was about to take place he just decided to go home.

At the very least, it displays a disregard for team culture and team bonding. He was absent through the whole training block -- which ended yesterday -- and the one day he did show up, he left the team literally incomplete. It also betrays a total lack of regard for Hassan and the BCB brass, the occasion of the photo shoot and what it means for the groundstaff who toil thanklessly so that Shakib can call the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium his turf.

While we silently speculate on Shakib's motives, one aspect in this saga needs no conjecture. The buck stops with the BCB boss, and he said it is better not to talk about this too much because the team will leave for Ireland in just two days. The implication is that Hassan does not want to rock the boat so close to the main event. Read otherwise, he would rather wait for the boat to steady after Shakib had already rocked it by jumping overboard.

Spain sacked their football coach Julien Lopetegui on the eve of the last FIFA World Cup because the coach had revealed to Real Madrid players that he had signed with Real Madrid for the next season.

Nothing so drastic is called for now, but this overly philosophical approach from Hassan will not discourage behaviour that can be fractious in a team culture. He was tough on Shakib when he took office in 2014, banning him for six months because of disciplinary reasons. But that stance has since softened and he has presided over an encouragement of bad behaviour by being lenient on Sabbir Rahman in tweaking bans for serious indiscretions. If Shakib escapes sanction, it will just be the latest stroke in an established pattern.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, perhaps the BCB should realise that a good culture leads to success on the field; not the other way around.

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When West Indies last won the ICC World Cup in 1979, they did it with a 92-run victory over hosts England in the tournament final at Lord’s. While Viv Richards was adjudged player of the match for his masterful 138*, there were a few unsung heroes for the champions as well.

The game saw 14 single-digit scores – including nine ducks – with seven of them (five ducks) on the England scoresheet. The revered Windies bowling attack ripped through the hosts’ middle order, propelling their side to a second straight World Cup triumph. Joel Garner, the right-arm pacer, claimed five wickets.

While the seam-friendly pitches in England have changed over the years and turned conducive to batting, Floyd Reifer, the West Indies head coach, believes that it will still be the bowlers who take his side to victory at the 2019 World Cup. “Looking at the pitches in England in the county circuit, they are very high-scoring,” he said on Friday.

“But I still think that the team that bowls and fields the best will win the World Cup. The batters are expected to score runs, but I think bowling is going to win it for us.”

Reifer also added that in the training camp ahead of the Ireland tri-series, West Indies have tried to add to their bowling arsenal. “We did a lot of specifics. We worked on bowling plans, we did a lot of stuff on death bowling. All in all, the energy levels are very high,” he said.

“It is a really good team. There is a blend of experience and youth. At the World Cup, we have the X factor. The camaraderie is there.”

“Gayle and Russell, they’re hardened professionals. They are going to blend right into the team and are getting ready to win the World Cup,” said Reifer.