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  • Mashrafe Bin Mortaza disappointed

    'I see no reason to be on the back foot’

    The 136-run loss against Afghanistan may have been in an inconsequential match in the context of the Asia Cup as – rightly or wrongly – the Asian Cricket Council had already decided the group placements beforehand, but the manner of Thursday’s defeat should be concerning for Bangladesh nonetheless because it exposed a lack of depth in the reserves.

  • Bangladesh vs Afghanistan live score update

    Debuts for Nazmul, Hider as Tigers field

    Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and elected to field in their last Asia Cup Group B match against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi.

  • No Tamim and possibly no Mushy too

    The last time that Bangladesh played Afghanistan in the ODI format, Tamim Iqbal had hit a run-a-ball century to give the Tigers a commanding total. Tigers went on to win by 141 runs in that game in 2016.

  • Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was his usual serious

    Mashrafe urges positivity

    Even when Bangladesh seemed to be doing everything right, circumstances have conspired against them. They take on Afghanistan today in their last Asia Cup Group B match in Abu Dhabi AT 5:30pm Bangladesh time, having already qualified for the next stage.

  • Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza conjures a light moment during a practice session in Dubai

    Asian Cricket Chaos

    What increasingly appears to be favouritism towards cricketing powerhouse India has turned the Asia Cup into a near farce. Even with two group matches left and Group A and Group B champions yet to be decided, on Wednesday morning the Asian Cricket Council has published the fixtures list of the Super Four stage starting on Friday.

  • India vs Pakistan match result

    India rout Pakistan

    India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in their long-awaited Asia Cup match which failed to live up to its hype in Dubai on Wednesday.

  • Bangladesh new Opener Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain Shanto

    No extra pressure on ‘new opening pair’

    Bangladesh had been looking for stable opening partner for Tamim Iqbal and tried out a few options over the past few months, especially in ODI format. With Tamim himself now injured, Tigers will have to look to play the rest of the Asia Cup counting on Liton Das, who himself is looking to prove his mettle in the ODI format while Nazmul Hossain Shanto, yet to play any ODIs, is likely get the nod to open with Liton.

  • Jadhav, Kumar skittle Pakistan for 162

    Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets apiece as Pakistan crumbled to 162 all out in their Asia Cup match against arch rivals India in Dubai on Wednesday.

  • Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal

    PM asks Tamim about his well-being

    Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called up Bangladesh’s injured opener Tamim Iqbal today at his residence and asked about his well-being.

  • Mahsrafe Bin Mortaza disappointed

    Even a mad person would be upset, says Mash on fixture change

    What increasingly appears to be favouritism towards cricketing powerhouse India has turned the Asia Cup into a near farce. Even with two group matches left and Group A and Group B champions yet to be decided, on Wednesday morning the Asian Cricket Council has published the fixtures list of the Super Four stage starting on Friday.

  • India vs Pakistan head to head

    Battle Royale returns to the desert

    India and Pakistan will return to the ring of their most famous bouts after 12 years as the archrivals face off in the Asia Cup in Dubai today.

  • India vs Pakistan live score update

    Pakistan and India renew rivalry today

    The clash between India and Pakistan is considered the most popular fixture in the international cricket calendar.

  • Sri Lanka national cricket team

    Media calls Sri Lanka ‘flop of Asia’

    Sri Lankan newspapers and fans lambasted the national cricket team Tuesday after the former champions were dumped out of the Asia Cup by up-and-coming Afghanistan. Sri Lanka, who now have lost 30 of their 40 matches since January 2017, had lost to Bangladesh by 137 runs in Dubai on Saturday at the opening match of the tournament.

  • Shakib Al Hasan talks before Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Match in Asia Cup 2018

    Shakib not returning home, wife responds to rumours

    Rumours surfaced that Shakib Al Hasan was returning to Dhaka in the middle of the Asia Cup tournament due to his daughter falling sick.

  • Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal

    A lesson for management too

    After Bangladesh lost the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle by a big margin in March 2017, they famously came back in the next Test to seal a rare away win in their 100th Test match. The players then revealed that they had instituted a policy of holding a players-only team meeting on the eve of each match so that they can talk through problems and find solutions on their own.

  • Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Lasith Malinga

    Stats from Bangladesh’s win over Sri Lanka

    Bangladesh pulled off an impressive 137-run win over Asian rival Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup opener on September 15, capped by impressive performances from Mushfiqur Rahim, Mithun Ali, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and others.

  • Tamim Iqbal in Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Match

    Tamim out of Asia Cup

    After a fair bit of dillydallying on the issue the Bangladesh team management finally confirmed that opener Tamim Iqbal has been officially ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup.

  • A brave Tamim Iqbal came out to bat with one hand

    Father's son, mother's pride

    As Tamim Iqbal walked onto the field in Dubai on Saturday to bat with a fractured wrist against Sri Lanka, a mother sat praying in front of a television set thousands of miles away.

  • India vs Pakistan live score update

    Social media lauds Tamim heroic

    The Bangladesh versus Sri Lanka opener in the Asia Cup was billed as a mouth-watering contest, not just because of how closely fought

  • 'Just reward for the hard yards'

    If there is one thing that permeates every facet of Mushfiqur Rahim's identity as a cricketer and, as proved once again in the Asia Cup opener on Saturday, his status as Bangladesh's best all-round batsman it is his monk-like dedication to prepare as well as humanly possible.

  • From the bottom of a broken heart

    All of Bangladesh is rejoicing in the heroism displayed by the country's highest run-scorer to come out to bat at number 11 with a broken wrist just so that the team could reach a total that would give them a fighting chance in their Asia Cup Opener against Sri Lanka in Dubai on Saturday.

  • Behind the scenes of Tamim's bravery

    Tamim Iqbal's heavily bandaged left hand stuck out of a blue sling as he sat on the dressing room balcony staring off into space. The international match unfolding in front of him -- one that he was at the centre of just an hour and a half ago in hot sunshine before being reduced to a spectator as the Dubai sun was setting-- probably did not register.

  • Tamim Iqbal in Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Match

    Why keep waiting?

    It has become common knowledge that even though he played a delivery one-handed after coming in at number 11 to allow Bangladesh's innings to continue in Saturday's Asia Cup opener against Sri Lanka, a fractured wrist has effectively ruled Tamim Iqbal out of the rest of the event.

  • No replacements for Tamim Iqbal

    ‘No replacements for the time being'

    Tamim Iqbal suffered a painful fracture to his left wrist while batting against Sri Lanka in Bangladesh's Asia Cup opener on Saturday and will most likely miss the rest of the Asia Cup. With Tamim being the only quality opener in Bangladesh and his opening partner a long-standing problem for the team, it would indeed be a big blow, but the team management are not thinking of flying in a replacement at this point.

  • Mushfiqur Rahim

    ‘Tamim walking out to bat boosted me’

    Mushfiqur Rahim was stranded at 112 unbeaten when Mustafizur Rahim fell to a rather silly run out. Mushfiqur’s face fell, knowing that it was the last wicket since Tamim Iqbal had already gone off the field with a fractured hand.

  • Mushfiqur Rahim

    [Watch] Mushy giving an earful to Rubel Hossain

    The incident occurred during the 42nd over of the Bangladesh innings. Rubel Hossain was facing up to Sri Lanka’s star performer Lasith Malinga, who was looking for his fifth wicket of the match.

  • Tamim Iqbal in Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Match

    'It was also a question of Tamim's career'

    Although the scoreboard shows that Tamim Iqbal scored just two runs off four balls in the Asia Cup opener against Sri Lanka , skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza gushes in praise of the opener's bravery

  • Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim reaches a superb century

    Mushfiqur’s 144 one of Bangladesh’s best: Mashrafe

    Mushfiqur Rahim, during a career-best knock of 144 -- 32 of which were scored off 15 balls after Tamim’s unexpected appearance -- proved once again why he is the best all-round batsman Bangladesh have.

  • Tamim Iqbal's Asia Cup 2018 uncertain due to wrist injury

    Tamim's Asia Cup uncertain

    Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has suffered a fractured left wrist after being hit by a bouncer from Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal early in their Asia Cup opener.

  • Lasith Malinga


    Lasith Malinga was not picked by Sri Lanka for a year as the board wanted him to prove himself in the domestic circuit. He did just that and yesterday showed that being a champion sportsman is like riding a bike.