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BFF to notify gov, FIFA before holding elective congress

DHAKA – Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy said they must notify the government as well as FIFA before holding the elective congress of BFF. “I would like to assure you that the BFF election and annual general meeting will be held after notifying the government as well as FIFA as per the executive committee’s decision ... Read More »

India’s pace attack ‘the best’ in history, says Shami

NEW DELHI  – India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has claimed they may have the best pace attack in Test history, brushing aside the feared West Indies quicks of the 1970s and 1980s. Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have become leaders of the Indian attack, which has traditionally relied on spinners. “You and everyone else in ... Read More »

Booters appeal to BFF to start next season’s BPL early

DHAKA  – The national booters appealed the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to start the next season’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as early as possible because they are already affected after this season’s league was abandoned in the middle due to the coronavirus pandemic. The booters said they run their families by playing the league and if the BFF announce the ... Read More »

Former cricketer Ramchand Goala dies at 79

Dhaka — Former Bangladeshi cricketer Ramchand Goala passed away at his residence in Mymensingh. He was 79. “A prominent and popular player in the domestic circuit, especially of the Dhaka club cricket scene, Goala breathed his last at his home in Mymensingh this morning at the age of 79. The BCB extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Ramchand Goala,” ... Read More »

Bangladesh completes 15 years of Cardiff heroics

DHAKA – Most of the cricketers and cricket pundits in Bangladesh believes that the country has truly made them a force to reckon with when they beat Australia in Cardiff, a victory that was considered as the biggest upset of the cricket history. While Bangladesh was a minnow of cricket, Australia during that period was invincible after conquering the whole ... Read More »

Mustafizur still considered as vital for team success

DHAKA – Mustafizur Rahman might be irregular in all three formats of the cricket currently but he still remains the vital cog of Bangladesh team, said the chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu. Even though he lost his aura, partly due to his recurring injury and largely due to the batsmen’s ability to decode his cutter and slower, Minhajul believes, the ... Read More »

Cricket Australia cuts staff, budget; sets for full season

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia will cut 40 staff and plans to slash costs by millions of dollars to off set the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but still expects to complete a full domestic season in 2020-21. The number of redundancies announced Wednesday was fewer than initially expected when 200 staffers were furloughed after Australia closed its borders ... Read More »

Ashraful hopeful of return to national team even at 40

Dhaka — Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful said he is still optimistic about his return to the national side. The right-handed batsman, who will turn 36 soon, said he will try for more three or four more years to make a comeback. Ashraful played his last international match in 2013. After that, he was omitted from the national set-up due ... Read More »

Coronavirus: FIFA advises BFF not to hold election

Dhaka, June 17 (UNB)- World football body FIFA has advised Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) not to hold its elections until the coronavirus situation in Bangladesh improves. “We’ve received a letter from FIFA on Tuesday and they wanted to know about the annual general meeting (AGM) and election of BFF. They wrote it won’t be wise to hold elections until the ... Read More »

Shakib’s chance to play T20 World Cup brightens

DHAKA – Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s possibility to play the World T20 looks bright after the hosts Australia showed its doubt over holding the tournament on time due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to decide the fate of the cricket’s third biggest extravaganza in the next month was a clear indication that ... Read More »

Premier League lockdown: winners and losers

LONDON – The Premier League finally makes its long-awaited return on June 17 following a three-month coronavirus lockdown. The landscape has changed since March — clubs have welcomed back injured players, others have had a chance to regroup and Liverpool have had to come to terms with a low-key title celebration. AFP Sport looks at the winners and losers as ... Read More »

Marcelo takes knee as Madrid return with win over Eibar

MADRID – Marcelo celebrated by taking a knee as Real Madrid returned from three months away following the coronavirus suspension by beating Eibar 3-1 on Sunday. After scoring Madrid’s third goal in the 37th minute, Marcelo dropped onto his left knee and raised his clinched right fist into the air, apparently in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Madrid’s ... Read More »

BCB to look to government for instruction regarding SL tour

Bangladesh national cricket team was scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in June-July, but the fate of the series has been in jeopardy since the onset of the lethal coronavirus pandemic. The Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) said they will follow the instruction of the Bangladesh government regarding this series. They sent a press release stating the decisions taken in ... Read More »

Goretzka win puts Bayern within one win of Bundesliga title

BERLIN – Bayern Munich moved to within just one win of an eighth straight Bundesliga title as a late Leon Goretzka goal sealed a 2-1 victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Teenage striker Joshua Zirkzee put Bayern ahead before Benjamin Pavard’s own goal levelled for Gladbach, but Goretzka netted his third goal in five league games ... Read More »

Messi caps Barcelona win over Mallorca on La Liga return

MADRID (BSS/AFP) – Lionel Messi returned without a beard and with a goal and two assists as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge on Saturday with a thumping 4-0 victory over Real Mallorca. After three months away because of the coronavirus pandemic, Barca exploded into the lead with just 64 seconds played when Arturo Vidal headed in and Martin ... Read More »

Miraz opens up on his journey to becoming a cricketer

Young Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz relayed his journey to becoming an international cricketer overcoming early struggles and doubts within his  traditional family. In his debut series, Miraz starred in Bangladesh’s maiden Test win against England in 2016, at the Mirpur Stadium in Dhaka. He was adjudged as man of the series mostly for his performances with the ball as ... Read More »

Shahid Afridi tests positive for COVID-19

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19. “I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” Afridi tweeted. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tweeted: “Get well soon. Praying for your swift recovery!” The Pakistan all-rounder is the ... Read More »

FIFA allows transfer windows to open before current season finishes

PARIS – FIFA will allow leagues to open their transfer windows before the current, delayed season has been completed as football recovers from the impact of the lengthy coronavirus shutdown, the game’s world governing body announced on Thursday. FIFA has passed a series of temporary amendments to help deal with the havoc to the football calendar caused by the health ... Read More »

ICC bans of using saliva, allows Covid-19 replacement

DHAKA – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed interim changes to its playing regulations, which include the ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball and allowing home umpires in international series. At the same time, the world cricket apex body approved the replacement of Covid-19 in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide. The ICC ... Read More »

BCB won’t take risk with Sri Lanka tour

DHAKA – The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to finalize the Tigers tour in Sri Lanka for a bilateral series since the coronavirus situation in the country doesn’t improve significantly. Even though the board gives the players permission to practice at individual capacity, they made it mandatory that a player won’t get more than one assistant during their training ... Read More »

Ban on saliva makes our job tough: Rubel

Dhaka — The outbreak of coronavirus brought many changes to the world. Cricket has also been affected in many ways and the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to impose a ban on using saliva to shine the ball. Bangladeshi pacer Rubel Hossain said it will make the job of the bowlers difficult. Like other cricketers, Rubel has been passing time ... Read More »

Tamim stands beside 50 coaches in Chattogram

Dhaka – Newly appointed Bangladesh ODI captain and a bright son of the port city of Chattogram Tamim Iqbal continued his support to the people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In his latest initiative, Tamim stood beside 50 needy cricket coaches of his home town on Sunday. Former national opening batsman Nafees Iqbal, who is also the elder brother of ... Read More »

Abu Jayed eager to back to action

Dhaka — Bangladesh speedster Abu Jayed Rahi said he is eagerly waiting to back to the action once the restriction is lifted. The right-arm pacer has been enjoying a good time in Tests since his debut back in 2018. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rahi is now passing time at his home in Sylhet. Since there are no official training ... Read More »

Message for Jamal and Co. to prepare themselves

The participating countries remained in dark for so long when will their postponed matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2020 and Asia Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round-2 would take place, but now the countries has given green signal to begin their preparation after the matches has been rescheduled. The Bangladesh national football team is now without ... Read More »

Black Lives Matter in Bundesliga, Bayern keeps winning

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s soccer league was marked by gestures against racism and support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday as Bayern Munich took another step toward a record-extending eighth straight Bundesliga title. All of Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin’s 22 outfield players took a knee in the center-circle together before the top tier’s late game with no ... Read More »

It’s 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official

BRUSSELS  – High-ranking Olympic official Pierre-Olivier Beckers on Saturday made plain that the delayed Tokyo Olympics “will be held in 2021 or not at all”. The Belgian was reiterating the stance put forward by Japan and International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach that next year was the last chance to hold the Games postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Today ... Read More »