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Bolt says open to comeback — if coach asks

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has hinted he could be tempted out of retirment if former coach Glen Mills asked him. The world 100m and 200m record holder and eight-time Olympic champion told Variety magazine he had no plans to resurrect his sprinting career. However the 33-year-old told Variety magazine in a video interview he would at ... Read More »

Wimbledon cancellation gives food for thought

LONDON – Strawberries and cream are just as much part of the Wimbledon experience as tennis in pristine whites on the lush green lawns of the All England Club. But this year the courts are empty and there is no clink of cutlery on plates in the rarefied surroundings of the London venue. AFP Sport spoke to two people at ... Read More »

England 1966 great, Irish football icon Jack Charlton dies

LONDON – Jack Charlton, a member of the England 1966 World Cup winning side and who went on to become a cult hero in Ireland, has died aged 85, his family announced on Saturday. Charlton — elder brother of his fellow World Cup winning team-mate Bobby — was an integral part of the great Don Revie managed Leeds United side ... Read More »

BCB to appoint psychologist for cricket players

DHAKA —The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to appoint a psychologist, considering the mental health of the cricketers during the time of Covid-19 pandemic. The cricketers have been away from the cricket for the last four months, which is believed to make an adverse impact on their mental health. Also there was uncertainty due to this ongoing pandemic ... Read More »

Booters will sit with BFF boss tomorrow

DHAKA – The senior booters will sit with the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin tomorrow to discuss about the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2020-21 and others issues. The meeting will be held at BFF artificial turf in the city’s Motijheel at 3 pm. BFF vice presidents Kazi Nabil Ahmed and Tabith Awal and BFF general secretary ... Read More »

BKSP or Cox’s Bazar proposed as DPL venues

DHAKA – The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis suggested BSKP and Cox’s Bazar as the venues of the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) which they want to restart once the situation of Covid-19 comes under control. Only two rounds of country’s most coveted league DPL were possible before the outbreak of coronavirus, a deadly virus that left the whole world stranded. ... Read More »

BCB president undergoes successful operation in London

DHAKA – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon underwent a successful operation in a hospital in London on Wednesday night. Papon is now doing fine after the surgery; confirmed BCB media and communication committee chairman Jalal Younus. The BCB chief was suffering from his old prostate problem for which he took treatment at home and abroad earlier. ... Read More »

CCDM advises clubs to pay 50 percent payment of players

DHAKA – The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis had already advised the clubs to clear the 50 percent payment of the players, said its chairman Kazi Inam Ahmed. The DPL was postponed after the first two rounds due to the outbreak of the Covid-19, which left the whole world standstill. Some of the clubs even didn’t pay a single penny ... Read More »

No Bangladesh player in CPL this year

DHAKA — A total of 18 Bangladeshi players put their name in the draft but no one got a team to play the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The CPL draft was held on July 24 after which the franchisees revealed their team yesterday, including five overseas players. Most of the franchisees however retained three players including foreign recruit from previous ... Read More »

Mashrafe’s wife too tests COVID-19 positive

DHAKA  — Sumona Haque Sumi, wife of former captain of Bangladesh cricket team Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, was also tested positive for coronavirus. Golam Mortaza Swapan, father of Mashrafe confirmed that Mashrafe’s wife was infected with coronavirus and they got the report on Tuesday. Despite being infected with COVID-19, a deadly virus that created mayhem around the world, Sumona Haque Sumi ... Read More »

Mushfiqur finally begins outdoor training

DHAKA— Bangladesh’s senior cricket Mushfiqur Rahim finally came out from home and began outdoor training for which he was craving for a long time. The wicket-keeper batsman himself posted a video of his training in his facebook page to let the people know about the outcome. He picked up the Fortis Sports Ground in Badda to do his skill and ... Read More »

India cricket captain Kohli faces conflict of interest probe

NEW DELHI – India captain Virat Kohli faces an inquiry into a potential conflict of interest over his positions in two business ventures. DK Jain, ethics officer for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said late Sunday that a complaint by a state association member will be examined. Sanjeev Gupta, a member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket ... Read More »

Postponement of SAFF gives us enough time to prepare: Rana

DHAKA – National football team goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana said the postponement of SAFF Championship gave them enough time to prepare so that they could get a good result in the prestigious tournament. “SAFF Championship postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19. SAFF is one of the biggest competitions for our country. We have a big chance this time, because ... Read More »

Mushfiqur visits SBNCS after four months

DHAKA — Bangladesh’s senior cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim visited Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) today after almost four months as he was badly missing this ground, which witnesses his great moments of his career. The wicket-keeper batsman however came here, maintaining all health rules, said a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official. But he didn’t come here for practice purpose as the ... Read More »

Shakib provides ambulance for burial of corona victims

DHAKA — Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan provided an ambulance to a social organization, named MASTUL in a bid to help them in burial process of deceased Coronavirus patients. MASTUL has completed the burial of 19 deceased Corona patients by renting an ambulance with their own funds and at one phase it was becoming quite difficult for them. During a ... Read More »

Sri Lanka batsman Mendis arrested over fatal crash

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was arrested Sunday after being allegedly involved in a fatal crash with a cyclist, who died instantly, just outside the country’s capital Colombo, police said. The 25-year-old batsman was driving an SUV at Panadura before dawn when the incident happened, police said. Mendis has been named in the 16-player squad for a two-match ... Read More »

BCB to give equipment to players for training at home

DHAKA – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has planned to buy fitness training equipment for the players who don’t have the luxury to train at their home. The cricket apex body noticed that while some players have the facilities to do their gym session at their home, some players don’t have and even they have no large place at their ... Read More »

It’s an immense honour to be on Wisden’s list: Shakib

DHAKA – Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan expressed his pleasure to be on the Wisden’s prestigious list, which ranked him 2nd Most Valuable Player (MVP) in ODI and sixth best in Test cricket. “It’s an immense honour for me to be on this prestigious list of outstanding cricketers and represent my country,” Shakib wrote in his facebook page. Wisden ... Read More »

BFF to launch coaching qualification re-validation scheme

DHAKA – The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will be launching a world-recognised coaching qualification re-validation scheme, according to an article received here from BFF today. The scheme is central to the BFF technical department’s coach education overall aim to develop, educate and inspire coaches at all levels of the game. In 2019 the BFF gained honourable membership to the AFC ... Read More »

Man City lay down Liverpool marker with 4-0 rout

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom – Jurgen Klopp admitted Manchester City are the one side capable of “smashing” his newly-crowned Premier League winners after Liverpool’s first match since becoming English champions ended in a 4-0 thrashing at the Etihad. City sent a warning shot of their intentions to take the title back next season as Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Phil ... Read More »

AFC sets directions to arrange AFC Cup matches

DHAKA – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has set some directions for the host countries to arrange the matches of AFC cup in centralized venues. “The AFC has given some directions to the interested host countries or clubs which want to host the AFC matches in centralized venues. In their directions, the AFC categorically mentioned that the AFC and match ... Read More »

Sri Lanka says WC cricket fixing probe dropped for lack of evidence

COLOMBO – Sri Lankan police on Friday dropped a match-fixing investigation into the 2011 World Cup final saying they found no evidence of Sri Lankan players letting India win. “We questioned three — two players and the chief selector –about team selection and changes. We are satisfied with their explanation,” a top police official told AFP. “The inquiry is now ... Read More »

ICESCO, FIFA launch Chinese version of video thanking healthcare workers in COVID-19 fight

RABAT – The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) launched the Chinese version of a video where former and current football stars express their thanks and appreciation to healthcare workers for their outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video was also launched in Spanish and Portuguese, while a Russian ... Read More »

Nafees Iqbal overcomes Coronavirus

DHAKA – Former Bangladesh opener Nafees Iqbal and his family members have been tested negative for the Covid-19, much to the elation of the fans. In a voice message, Nafees, the elder brother of Bangladesh’s ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal expressed his gratitude towards everyone who wished him and his family’s quick recovery. “All of my family members including my mother ... Read More »

BCB keeps venues prepared for resumption of cricket

DHAKA – As part of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s continuing efforts at facilitating its exit strategy following the disruption to programmes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, major international and first class venues of the country have been undergoing constant maintenance. Over 100 grounds men and venue personnel have remained active with pitch, outfield and facilities maintenance at the stadiums ... Read More »

Dua mahfil held in BFF for sports Covid-19 victims

DHAKA – The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has arranged a dua mahfil today (Thursday) seeking salvation of departed souls of Swadhin Bangla football team player late Lutfar Rahman and other Covid-19 victims. The dua Mahfil was held at BFF Bhaban in the afternoon after post asar also seeking salvation of departed souls of BFF former assistant secretary late Anwar Hossain ... Read More »