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England to back Buttler, but Denly in the firing line

LONDON – England are set keep faith with Jos Buttler despite defeat to West Indies in the first Test of a three-match series, but time may be up for Joe Denly. Captain Joe Root is set to return for the second Test starting on Thursday at Old Trafford after missing the four-wicket defeat in Southampton to attend the birth of ... Read More »

BCB aims to begin conditioning camp in August

DHAKA- The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) now sets its sight to start cricketing activities in mid-August instead of July as they prepare a guideline for the conditioning camp. A total of 38 players, split into three groups, will take part in the conditioning camp maintaining health rules and social distancing, said the chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu. But, he said, ... Read More »

Cricketers ‘fit and ready’ for cricketing activities

DHAKA- Despite training at home, where all the facilities of the practice is not available, the cricketers did a good job to stay fit, which earned plaudits from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The cricket apex board also tried its best to help the players and gave them an opportunity to borrow the gym equipment to continue a smooth training ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mushfiqur finds a way for skill training in Covid-19 time

DHAKA -Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim found a way to keep practicing his batting and wicket-keeping when it was tough to do anything apart from gym at home during the Covid-19 time. The senior national cricketer didn’t get any big ground but turned his apartment’s garage a virtual Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium to bat and practice wicket-keeping. As it is tough ... Read More »

Women’s cricketers to be added in BCB corona app next week

DHAKA  – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is set to add the women cricketers in their COVID-19 WELLNESS app, which was introduced to monitor the health and mental well-being of players during the ongoing pandemic. BCB’s Manager Management Information System (MIS) Nasir Ahmed Nasu said the women cricketers will be added to this system in the next week and later ... Read More »

Pakistan and England cricketers pass latest virus tests

SOUTHAMPTON, England — The England and Pakistan cricket squads passed their latest coronavirus tests. All 20 players and 11 staff in the Pakistan squad have tested negative for COVID-19 since arriving on Sunday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Tuesday. Pakistan is in a two-week quarantine in Worcester for a test and Twenty20 series in August. All of ... Read More »

BCB cynical to host Women’s U19 WC in scheduled time

DHAKA – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is not so hopeful to host maiden Women’s Under-19 World Cup in scheduled time due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The first edition of the tournament was slated to be held in February-March in Bangladesh. The International Cricket Council (ICC) also doesn’t give any directive as the deadly virus created mayhem around the ... Read More »

FA Cup: Arsenal vs Man City, Man United vs Chelsea in last 4

LONDON  — The two most successful teams in the FA Cup have avoided each other in the semifinals after Sunday’s draw. Arsenal, a 13-time champion, will play Manchester City, and 12-time winner Manchester United faces Chelsea. The matches will take place at Wembley over the July 18-19 weekend. On Sunday, Chelsea advanced to the last four with a 1-0 win ... Read More »

I’m well but not tested negative: Mashrafe

Dhaka  — Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza ruled out a rumour regarding being to be negative in coronavirus test. He confirmed that he is doing well but not tested negative yet. Mashrafe is tested positive for coronavirus on June 20. Since then, he has been taking treatment at his home in Dhaka. His condition is well. “A news is ... Read More »