BCB made Shakib as new test captain


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has made Shakib Al Hasan the new captain of Bangladesh Test team. Mushfiqur Rahim, who had been serving as Test skipper since 2011, was dropped from his leading role, according to the BCB decision. It could not yet be ascertained if Mushfiq will be able to retain his position as wicket-keeper batsman. The BCB made the announcement after a meeting on Sunday. Also, Test vice captain Tamim Iqbal has been replaced by Mahmudullah, the BCB added. Mushfiqur’s position as Test skipper has been shaky since Bangladesh’s disastrous tour of South Africa where the ...

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Dhaka humble Comilla to reach final


MNA Sports Desk: Afridi and Shakib helped Dhaka bundle Comilla out for 96. Holders Dhaka Dynamites booked their place in the Bangladesh Premier League 2017 final outclassing Comilla Victorians by 95 runs in the Qualfier 1 on Friday. Barring Tamim Iqbal, none of Comilla’s top and middle order batsmen could reach double figure, as they were bundled out for a sorry 96 by an attacking Dhaka bowling unit. Tamim’s 31 came off 28 balls, but that was very little to scale Dhaka’s 191 down. In fact, had number-nine batsman Hasan Ali and number-ten batsman Mahedi Hasan not made 18 and ...

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U-19 Cricket World Cup team announced

Cricket World Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday announced a 15-member final squad for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup beginning in New Zealand on January 13 next year. Bangladesh was put in Group C of the Under-19 World Cup with Namibia, Canada and England. In the group matches, Bangladesh will play Namibia in one of the four opening day match on January 13 at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, Canada on January 15 at the same venue and will face England on January 18 at John Davies Oval in Queenstown. Bangladesh team is expected to leave for New ...

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Russia banned from Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

MNA Sports Desk: Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC found evidence of an ‘unprecedented systematic manipulation’ of the anti-doping system that has led to a series of suspensions for the country’s athletes in recent months. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not impose a blanket ban on Russia ahead of the Rio 2016 Summer Games but said on Tuesday that the evidence unearthed by the Schmid Commission made the doping situation impossible to dispute. It therefore suspended Russia, which finished top of the medals table at its own 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, ...

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Bowlers seal playoff spot for Rangpur


MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Riders clinched playoff spot as the fourth team following their 19-run victory over Khulna Titans in the 38th match of AKS BPL 2017 Powered by Shah Cement. Mahmudullah won the toss and opted to bowl first at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS). Chris Gayle scored 38 and gave a good start to Rangpur Riders. After his departure, it was Mohammad Mithun who carried the Rangpur innings with an unbeaten knock of 50 off 35 balls. Rangpur posted 147 for 6 after 20 overs. Jofra Archer picked up 2 wickets for 28. In reply Nazmul Hossain Shanto ...

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Dhaka Dynamites clinch playoffs spot


MNA Sports Desk: Dhaka Dynamites routed Rajshahi Kings by 99 runs in the 36th match of the 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 to register their 6th win in the league at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Batting first after winning the toss, Dhaka Dynamites posted a score of 205 for 5 in 20 overs spurred with the tournament’s highest partnership in any stand, till date, of 129 in 13.1 overs between Sunil Narine and Joe Denly in the opening wicket pair and restricted the defending runners-up Rajshahi Kings on 106 for all in 18.3 overs. Man of the ...

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New Zealand trip Stokes suspicion in Australia


MNA Sports Desk: Ben Stokes’s arrival in New Zealand on a ‘private’ trip has been viewed with suspicion in neighbouring Australia, where pundits smelled a plot to recall the exiled cricketer to England’s Ashes squad. New Zealand-born Stokes was omitted from England’s touring party following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. He remains suspended by the England and Wales cricket board (ECB), pending the result of a police investigation. Stokes greeted his parents after touching down at Christchurch airport on Wednesday but batted away questions from a media ...

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Sunny Leone, Daniel Weber to promote animal-free fashion


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sunny Leone has always been upfront about supporting social causes. From voicing her opinions on women empowerment to raising funds for cancer patients under the American Cancer Society to working with animal rights organization PETA, Sunny has never missed a chance to do her bit for the society. The actress has now put her bold image to good use as she has shot for a campaign by PETA that promotes animal-free fashion. The sexy siren’s musician husband Daniel Weber has also shot along with her. In the picture, the couple can be seen wearing absolutely ...

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Khulna beat Rajshahi Kings by 68 runs

Rajshahi Kings

MNA Sports Desk: Khulna Titans regained the top spot of the 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) beating Rajshahi Kings by 68 runs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium on Monday. Khulna restricted Rajshahi Kings to 145 thanks to Shafiul Islam’s five-wicket haul after posting this edition’s highest score of 213 runs spurred by half centuries from Afif Hossain and man of the match Nicholas Pooran. The previous highest total in this edition BPL was 211/5 which was scored by Chittagong Vikings with Sikandar Raza’s 95 — the highest individual score in this edition — against Sylhet Sixers at the ...

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Rangpur Riders seal victory over Chittagong

Rangpur Riders

MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Riders clinched a last ball-thriller victory against bottom-run Chittagong Vikings for their 4th win in the 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Saturday. Chasing a target of 177 runs, Rangpur shored their vessel to the winning destination scoring 180 for 7 in 20 overs with a six by Thisara Perera in the match’s last ball off Taskin Ahmed. Rangpur needed four runs in the innings last ball when Taskin delivered a wide ball which provided a great chance to Thisara Perera to pull the victory with the extra ball. ...

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Chittagong record 2nd victory beating Sylhet


MNA Sports Desk: Chittagong Vikings recorded their second victory in the 26th match of AKS Bangladesh Premier League T20 with a 40-run victory over Sylhet Sixers held on Friday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here. Chasing a huge winning target of 212-run set by Chittagong, Sylhet Sixers were fell short as they restricted at 171 for 8 in 20 overs despite a strong reply by Andre Fletcher and Bazar Azam. The West Indies batsman Fletcher smashed 46-ball off 71 runs , an innings that studded with eight boundaries and four over boundaries and during the process he also shared 80-run ...

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Shakib’s behaviour reported by world media


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who is captaining Dhaka Dynamites in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), landed in a major controversy for his behaviour during a match after the umpire rejected the LBW appeal. The incident happened against Comilla Victorians on Monday when the latter needed 74 runs off 68 balls to win the game. Imrul Kayes was on strike when the veteran Bangladesh all-rounder appealed for the decision but the umpire turned it down and it didn’t go down well on him. Disappointed with umpire’s decision, he got furious and even uttered few cuss ...

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Grand Slam seedings cut to 16 from 2019


MNA Sports Desk: Tennis chiefs have agreed to reduce the number of seeds in the four Grand Slam tournaments from 32 to 16 as part of a raft of rule changes aimed at widening the sport’s appeal. From 2019, Wimbledon and the Australian, French and US Opens will have only 16 seeded players in the men’s and women’s draws. Halving the number of seeds is an attempt to make the early rounds of the majors more interesting as it will open the possibility of higher-ranked players facing off before the last 16. There were 16 seeds at Grand Slams until ...

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Rangpur beat Sylhet Sixers by 7 runs

Rangpur Riders

MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Riders beat Sylhet Sixers by seven runs in their 5th match of the Bangladesh Premiere League (BPL) Cricket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. With the day’s feat, Rangpur Riders advanced to the 5th slot in the seven team fray securing four points from five matches while Sylhet Sixer remained at the 4th slot with seven points from eight matches. Sent in to bat first, Rangpur Riders scored 169 for 7 in quota 20 overs featuring 80 runs in 8.4 overs in the opening stand by batting sensations Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle. West Indian celebrated ...

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Comilla beat Rangpur as Gayle, McCullum fail


MNA Sports Desk: Comilla Victorians beat Rangpur Riders by 14 runs in their 5th match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Cricket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday denying the craze of Chris Gayle and McCullum. With the day’s feat, Comilla Victorians advanced to the 2nd slot in the seven-team league securing eight points from five matches while Dhaka Dynamites topped the list with nine points from six matches. Chasing a moderate target of 154 runs, national ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza led-Rangpur Riders were forced to close their innings at 139 for 7 in stipulated ...

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Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India T20I tri-series next march


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Friday announced the fixtures for the T20I tri-series which will feature Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh. The tournament will commence on March 8 and be played till March 20, next year. The tri-series begins just after India conclude their South Africa tour (January 5- February 24). The series, which will be called Nidahas Trophy 2018, will be played in celebration of Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence and co-incidentally Sri Lanka Cricket’s 70th year as well. The announcement was made during a joint press conference attended by the heads of the participating ...

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Peru beats Kiwis to reach World Cup finals


MNA Sports Desk: Peru became the last side to clinch their place at next year’s World Cup finals when goals in each half from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos gave them a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the second leg of their inter-confederation playoff on Wednesday. The teams played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Wellington on Saturday but Peru got their noses in front on 27 minutes when Farfan hammered home a fierce rising shot from just inside the penalty area to complete a sweeping counter-attack. New Zealand brought on Chris Wood at halftime in ...

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Italy miss out on Russia World Cup


MNA Sports Desk: One of world football’s most storied — and successful — teams will not be heading to next year’s World Cup in Russia. Italy, who have appeared at the finals of every World Cup since missing out in 1958, were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in Milan. The Swedes advance to next summer’s tournament courtesy of an aggregate score of 1-0 for the playoff tie. Italian football boss Carlo Tavecchio said recently that failure to qualify for the World Cup would be the apocalypse and his worst fears came true on Monday. A desperate 0-0 draw ...

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Buttler, Kayes set up win for Victorians

Comilla Victorians

MNA Sports Desk: Comilla Victorians recorded their second win in Bangladesh Premier League T20 when they registered an overwhelming nine-wicket victory over Rajshahi Kings on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. With the day’s victory, Comilla Victorians secured four points from three matches while Rajshahi Kings remained at their previous credit of two points from four outings. Chasing a paltry winning target of 116 runs set by Rajshahi Kings, Comilla hardly had to sweat as they comfortably reached home making 120 runs for the loss of one wicket with 29 balls remaining. English batsman Jos Buttler hit a match-winning fifty ...

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Afridi’s all-round show crushes Sylhet


Shahid Afridi’s all-round performance powered Dhaka Dynamites to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sylhet Sixers on Saturday. Dhaka chased down an easy target of 102 runs, scoring 106 for 2 in 7.5 overs where Evin Lewis played an unbeaten quick-innings of 44* off 18 balls. Afridi quick-fired 37 off 17 balls, including one boundary and five over boundaries, before trapped lbw off Tim Bresnan who sent off Cameron Delport –for his successive two wickets — in his 2nd ball of the 2nd over when Dhaka were on 59/2 in 4.2 overs. Sent in to bat first, Sylhet scored 101 for ...

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James Anderson made England vice-captain


MNA Sports Desk: England’s record bowler James Anderson was named as vice-captain for the Ashes series against Australia on Friday, replacing Ben Stokes who is suspended and under investigation over a nightclub brawl. Anderson, 35, who has 506 Test wickets, was promoted as understudy to captain Joe Root ahead of fellow paceman Stuart Broad and ex-skipper Alastair Cook. Coach Trevor Bayliss previously said he was planning for an Ashes series without Stokes, who is running out of time ahead of the first Test in Brisbane from November 23. Stokes remains at home awaiting the outcome of a police probe into ...

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Khulna Titans beat Sylhet by 6 wkts

Rajshahi Kings

MNA Sports Desk: Khulna Titans beat the table toppers Sylhet Sixers by six wickets, their first win in the fifth Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 tournament at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Replying to Sylhet’s innings of 135/5, Khulna shored their vessel to the destination scoring 138 for 4 in 18 overs to break the all-win record of Sylhet so far with three consecutive victories. Man of the match Mahmudullah scored 27 off 23 balls, including one four and one six. Sent in to bat first, Sylhet finished on 135 for 5 in 20 overs where skipper Nasir Hossain ...

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Sylhet Sixers shine with all-win start

Sylhet Sixers

MNA Sports Desk: Sylhet Sixers kept continuing their winning march in the BPL as they beat Rajshahi Kings by 33 runs at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Sylhet set the target of 206 runs which is the highest till date, and restricted the Rajshahi to 172/8 in 20 overs. Tharanga became the most half-centurion till date in the tournament with three successive half centuries, hitting 50 runs in the day’s match, following 51 for a four-wicket win against Comilla Victorians and 69* for a marvelous nine-wicket victory against defending champions Dhaka Dynamites in the tournament opener. The Sri Lankan ...

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Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-1


MNA Sports Desk: They may not have been at their very best but Premier League leaders Manchester City still had enough to beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and extend their win streak to 15 games. They opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table before second-placed Manchester United’s game against Chelsea an and left the Gunners trailing 12 points behind. Unbeaten City have not dropped points since a draw at home to Everton in their first home game of the season in mid-August and they have now won nine league games in a ...

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Bayern Munich down Dortmund to take lead

Bayern Munich

MNA Sports Desk: Bayern Munich stamped their authority on the Bundesliga on Saturday by opening a four-point lead at the top of the table as Robert Lewandowski netted an audacious goal in their commanding 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund. A superb curling strike from Arjen Robben put Bayern ahead on 17 minutes and a cheeky backheel from Lewandowski deflected off a defender on its way in to make it 2-0 eight minutes before the break. David Alaba put the game beyond Dortmund midway through the second half as his cross found the net after just evading Lewandowski in the area. ...

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BPL 5th edition kicks off today

5th edition

MNA Sports Desk: The 5th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 will start at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet today. Defending champions Dhaka Dynamites will take on Surma Sixers Sylhet in the opener at 2pm. A total of seven teams will play in the 39-day tournament. In another opening day’s match, defending runners-up Rajshahi Kings will play against Rangpur Riders at the same venue, starting at 7pm. SICS will host the first eight matches before the tournament moves to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNCS) in the city for the next 16 battles. The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury ...

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Tottenham Hotspur stun Real Madrid 3-1

Tottenham Hotspur

MNA Sports Desk: Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City. Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late consolation. The result ensured that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are through from Group H with two games to spare, while Real will have to wait to join them. Tottenham profited from an officiating error to go in front on 27 minutes as Kieran Trippier should have been flagged offside ...

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