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India’s Captain MS Dhoni denies Tigers..!!

India’s Captain & skipper MS Dhoni led from the front with a sparkling century to deny Bangladesh victory in the Idea Cup tri-series match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday.

India's Captain MS Dhoni

Man-of-the-match Dhoni remained 101 not out as his side coasted home by six wickets while chasing Bangladesh’s record ODI score against a Test-playing side– 296 for six. They responded with 297-4 in 47.3 overs–their first win of the tournament–leaving the hosts to wonder if they let it slip away after they had India on the mat. India overcame a scare after the Tigers struck three early blows.

They sent back Virender Sehwag in the fourth over after he was run out off a misfield by Razzak who after chasing the ball down threw it off balance to found the dangerman short. Next to go was his opening partner Gautam Gambhir who was bowled by Rubel Hossain after getting a big inside edge.

Syed Rasel cleaned up Yuvraj Singh with the first ball of a new over to leave the shell-shocked Indians 51-3 in the eighth over. But a magnificent 152-run stand between Dhoni and Virat Kohli ensured there were no more hiccups.

Virat Kohli (L) celebrates scoring a half-century during the third One-Day International of the tri-series between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka

Kohli who eventually required a runner after suffering cramp was caught and bowled by Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan for 91 to leave his side on 203-4 in 35 overs. Shakib failed to cling on to a catch when Dhoni back to him low and the ball slipped out of his hands. Earlier, a blistering half-century by Tamim Iqbal and two more fifties from Imrul Kayes and Mahmudullah fired Bangladesh to 296-6 in 50 overs.

Tamim Iqbal plays a shot for six runs during the third One-Day International between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka

Tamim put the Indians to the sword in the opening 10 overs with an array of strokes as the home side, who decided to bat despite the dew factor, rattled up 73 runs, with Kayes playing a backseat role.

Along the way the left-hander made the quickest fifty by a Bangladesh batsman against India off just 33 balls. Tamim’s fireworks ended with the score on 80 in the 11th over when he was caught off a short delivery from Sreesanth. He slammed 10 fours and six in 41-ball 60. India had a chance to break the opening stand but Harbhajan Singh dropped Kayes at mid-off with the total on 28 in the fifth over.

Kayes, who hit his maiden half-century, and Mohammad Ashraful didn’t let Tamim’s superb show go to waste as they pushed Bangladesh’s total to 138-1 after 25 overs. But then Ashraful was bowled for 29 against the run of play after featuring in a 60-run stand for the second wicket. He attempted to run the ball down to third man but it was pitched within the stumps.

Shortly afterwards Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was run out for a duck off a direct throw from Zaheer Khan in the deep while going for a second run with the score on 156-2. India then grabbed two quick wickets to get rid of Mushfiqur Rahim and Kayes with scores on 188 and 206. Kayes’ vigil ended on 70 when the Bangladesh opener holed out after facing 100 balls. Towards the end a quickfire 60 off 45 balls from Mahmudullah got Bangladesh within striking distance of the magical 300-mark. He added 58 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket with Naeem Islam (14 not out).

Bangladesh play Sri Lanka on Friday at the earlier time of 2:00pm at the same venue.




Bangladesh players threaten first-class boycott..

Leading Bangladesh players are threatening a boycott of the upcoming National Cricket League © AFP

Bangladesh’s domestic season is facing chaos after leading players threatened to pull out of the National Cricket League unless the BCB increased their match fees and reverted back to the previous format of the four-day competition.

The dispute came about after the BCB altered the existing first-class competition. The number of games has been reduced but the match fees have been increased from 10,000 Taka (US$ 144) to 12,000 Taka (US$ 173). Per this modification, the finalists will play nine matches while the two teams who fail to quality for the Super Four stage will play five matches, which is five less than the previous home-and-away format.

The changes have not gone down well with the country’s players, not least the leading internationals such as Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan. The Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) demanded that match fees be fixed at 35,000 Taka (US$ 505) for four-day games, 20,000 Taka (US$ 288) for one-day games, and 10,000 Taka or Twenty20 games. Aside from the issue of remuneration, CWAB also demanded reinstatement of the original format, and the league, which is due to start on January 1, now faces postponement by four days.

“Considering the proposals, cricketers have decided to refrain from playing the upcoming National Cricket League until their demands are met,” CWAB general secretary Debobroto Paul said at a press conference in Dhaka. “To ascertain cricketers’ interest in different matters, we carried out a survey amongst the first-class cricketers last year and we informed the outcomes of the survey to the tournament committee chairman [Gazi Ashraf Hossain] and BCB’s senior vice-president [Mahbub Anam], both of whom expressed their inability to implement our proposals.

“We then requested them to fix match fees considering that of other Test playing nations and our socio-economical condition or to fix match fees in line with the number of matches first-class cricketers played. But the meeting ended without any directive or promise,” said Paul.

Bangladesh Cricket Team

“We also let them know the cricketers’ disapproval of the new format. We believe that when the experts prefer to play more longer-version games in a bid to improve cricket, the introduction of a new format that will reduce the number of first-class matches will hinder the development of cricket. Later we even tried to meet the BCB president and cricket operations chairman but failed to get any response from the board.”

Naimur Rahman, the former Bangladesh captain turned CWAB president, was present at the press conference along with leading national players Shakib, Ashraful, Shahadat Hossain, Mahbubul Alam, Nafees Iqbal, Enamul Haque jnr, Tushar Imran, Alok Kapali, Hannan Sarkar, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar, Mohammad Sharif, Faisal Hossain, and Tareq Aziz.

According to Naimur, the crop of budding players in Bangladesh could lose interest due to a lack of monetary incentive. “We are not here for any movement, we have come here to request the authority concerned to meet our proposals through you because we had earlier got no promise from the board which it was very disappointing,” he said.

Added Ashraful: “We, who are playing in the national team, will continue with our national duties, but we will stick to our demands regarding the national league and we hope the authority will sit with us before the start of the national league.

“The last season’s national league was very competitive only because of the increment in the match fees and the level of competitiveness in the league will step up as match fee is increased,” said Shakib. “There is no alternative to first-class cricket if we want to improve our cricket.”


Shahriar, Alok, Aftab the ‘rebel cricketers’ is back…!!

From left: Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed and Alok Kapali

Shahriar Nafis, Alok Kapali and Aftab Ahmed, the ‘rebel cricketers’ who quit breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL) have been named in the 18-strong national squad for the tri-nation ODI series beginning in Dhaka on Jan 4.

Junaed Siddique, Enamul Huq Junior and Mehrab Hossain Junior have been dropped from the team announced by Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday for the next month’s home tri-series featuring Sri Lanka and India.

The tri-series begins in Dhaka on Jan 4 and will be followed by two Tests against India at Chittagong (Jan 17-21) and Dhaka (Jan 24-28).

The 18 players were selected from a list of 26. But the selectors will finally name the 14 players in the squad on Dec 31.

The short-listed players are—Mashrafee Bin Mortuza, Sakib Al Hassan, Mohamamd Ashraful, Abdur Razzak, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Syed Russel, Roqibul Hassan, Mahmud Ullah Riyad, Nazmul Hossain, Nayeem Islam, Imrul Kayes, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahriar Nafis, Aftab Ahmed, Shahadat Hossain and Alok Kapali.


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