Bangladesh cricket team take on Afghanistan

Bangladesh cricket team

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh cricket team will be hoping their long absence from international cricket does not hurt their form when they play a three-match one-day international series against Afghanistan in Dhaka on Sunday, reported news agency. The home side last played an international match during the ICC World Twenty20 in India in April this year and has played no one-dayers since hosting Zimbabwe in November last year. The Afghanistan series was hastily arranged to give Bangladesh some cricket ahead of a more serious engagement against England, who will be visiting the country in October for three ODIs and two ...

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Taskin, Arafat Sunny’s bowling actions legal


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed and spinner Arafat Sunny have been cleared to bowl in international cricket with immediate effect, after their remedied actions were found to be legal by the ICC. Both bowlers had their actions reassessed at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on September 8 and their elbow extensions for all deliveries were found to be within 15 degrees, which is the upper limit according to ICC regulations. “The umpires are free to report Arafat and Taskin in the future if they believe they use a suspect action,” the ICC said in a release. ...

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New UEFA president unveiled Euro 2020 logo

Euro 2020

MNA Sports Desk: New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin unveiled the logo for Euro 2020 at the tournament’s official launch in London on Wednesday, reported news agency. The logo showed multicolored fan silhouettes standing either side of the competition’s Henri Delaunay Trophy on a green bridge, representative of the links between the 13 host countries. The 2020 European Championship is being staged in 13 cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, with the semi-finals and final to take place at London’s Wembley Stadium. “UEFA wanted the 2020 tournament to be a true celebration of the game we ...

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Cricketer Ashraful’s father died


MNA Sports Desk: Abdul Matin, father of former captain of Bangladesh national cricket team Mohammad Ashraful, died at a city hospital early Tuesday. The family members said that Abdul Matin breathed his last around 1:10am at Apollo Hospital. He had been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 11 September for heart disease. He will be buried in Brahmanbaria district. Between 2007 and 2009, Ashraful captained Bangladesh in 13 Tests, and 38 One Day Internationals (ODIs) of which Bangladesh won eight. In 2014 the Bangladesh Cricket Board banned him for eight years after he was found guilty of match-fixing. The ban ...

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Andrew Strauss said no ‘blacklist’ for Morgan

Andrew Strauss

MNA Sports Desk: Andrew Strauss has said there will be no “blacklist” for Eoin Morgan despite the one-day captain opting out of the Bangladesh tour on security grounds, reported news agency. Morgan led the ODI side to home series wins over both Sri Lanka and Pakistan this season but, together with fellow batsman Alex Hales, has decided against tour to Bangladesh for next month’s series. But ex-England captain Andrew Strauss said the decision would not be held against the pair, with Morgan set to lead the one-day side on their subsequent tour of India. “Right from the start we said ...

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Manchester City maintained imperious start

Manchester City

MNA Sports Desk: Manchester City maintained their imperious start to the season with a fifth straight victory on Saturday as Bournemouth were swept aside 4-0 to become the latest victims of Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Guendogan, on his Premier League debut, wrapped up the points after another scintillating display from the title favourites who continue to lay down a marker to their rivals, reported news agency. Heading the chasing pack are Everton, who stayed two points behind City with a 3-1 home win over Middlesbrough, Gareth Barry marking his 600th ...

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UEFA election clouded by Champions League rival

Champions League

MNA Sports Desk: UEFA, the richest and most powerful continental football confederation, elects a new president this week as it confronts a growing challenge to its cash-cow Champions League, reported news agency. The 55-member European confederation must choose between Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, 48, and veteran Dutch administrator Michael van Praag, 68, to finish the term of the tainted Michel Platini at a special congress in Athens on Wednesday after an increasingly tense campaign. Ceferin has the heavyweight support of more than 20 federations including Germany, France, Portugal and Russia, according to the Slovenian Football Association. England, Belgium and the Netherlands ...

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Morgan, Hales pull out of Bangladesh tour


MNA Sports Desk: England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Alex Hales have both made themselves unavailable for next month’s tour of Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Sunday. The tour, which begins on 30 September and will include two Tests and three ODIs, had been called into question after an attack in July on a cafe in Dhaka in which 20 hostages were killed, including 18 foreigners. Morgan had already spelled out the reasons for his personal concerns about travelling following his previous experience of security alerts in both India and Bangladesh. And the ECB ...

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Jos Buttler to lead England in absence of Morgan

Jos Buttler

MNA Sports Desk: Jos Buttler will lead the England cricket one-day team to tour Bangladesh, in the tournament of regular captain Eoin Morgan deciding to pull out of the tour starting on 30 September, reported news agency. The English one-day team vice-captain Buttler led England only once before, in a T-20 international against Pakistan last winter, but steps in to fill the void left by Morgan. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had been expecting to change his mind and Andrew Strauss, the team director, has given him until Sunday night to confirm his availability before the selectors meet ...

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Neymar’s goal gave Brazil 2-1 victory over Colombia

goal gave

MNA Sports Desk: Neymar’s second-half goal gave Brazil a 2-1 victory over Colombia on Tuesday as the former world champions registered their second consecutive win to take the second place in the South America qualifying group for Russia 2018. The home side got the perfect start after just 80 seconds when Miranda rose to head home a corner and score his first goal in 33 appearances for the national side, as news agency reported. Brazil, playing just their second game under new coach Tite, dominated the first half with a high-pace pressing game but struggled to make clear cut chances ...

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Bangladesh girls thrashed United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh girls have thrashed the United Arab Emirates 4-0 in their AFC U-16 Women’s Championship match on Monday morning. The team of young stars put up another sparkling display of attacking football match to get all 15 points on offer in Group C. The home team protected a berth in the finals of next year’s 2017 AFC U16 Women’s Championship event in Thailand with a 4-2 win against Chinese Taipei on Saturday. The determined Bangladesh team have scored a amazing 26 goals in just five games of the event and that proved that why they are now ...

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Bangladesh girls beat Kyrgyzstan 10-0

Bangladesh girls

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh girls beat Kyrgyzstan with a 10-0 thumping for a third straight victory in the AFC Under-16 Women’s Championship qualifiers on Wednesday at Bangabandhu National Stadium. The triumph comes after 3-0 victory over Iran in the opener which was followed by a 5-0 rout of Singapore in their previous match. With the feat, Bangladesh upheld their all-win record to share the top slot in Group C with Chinese Taipei securing full nine points from straight three matches. In the day’s one-sided match, captain Krishna Rani Sarkar made a hat-trick scoring three goals while forward Anuching Mogini and ...

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England set record ODI total of 444


MNA Sports Desk: England set record the highest-ever team total in a ODI (one-day international) when they made total of 444 for three against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. In what was the 3,773rd match at this level England’s total surpassed the previous record of 443 for nine by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands at Amstelveen in 2006. It was also the highest ODI total in a match between two Test nations, topping South Africa’s 439 for two against the West Indies at Johannesburg last year. Alex Hales, on his Nottinghamshire home ground, made an England ODI record 171 ...

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Bangladesh host first ODI series against Afghan

host first ODI

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will host first ODI (one-day international) series against Afghanistan in late September in preparation for the arrival of the England team, as the president of Bangladesh cricket board informed. Nazmul Hassan said that the Afghan team had agreed to play three ODIs at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on September 25, 28 and 30. “Our senior players recommended the series. So we invited Afghanistan to play against us,” Hassan told reporters late Sunday. However, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have never played a two-sided series in any format but they have played each other in tournaments, including last year’s ...

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Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

UEFA Best Player

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31-year-old, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. “I’m obviously delighted to receive this award; it’s been an incredible season. But these two other players deserve it as well,” said Ronaldo. Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick as Real claimed a record 11th European Cup title, beating city rivals Atletico on penalties in May, ...

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ECB security chief fears for safety in Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: As news agency reported, ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) security chief, Reg Dickason, fears for travel safety on tour in Bangladesh. Dickason flew back from Dhaka at the weekend after a fortnight’s inspection of India and Bangladesh, along with the head of ECB cricket operations, John Carr, and the chief executive of the Professional Cricketers Association, David Leatherdale. The three-man delegation was given many assurances of security by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the country’s home ministry ahead of the tour, which will consist of two Tests and three one-day internationals. The job of Dickason – ...

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Pakistan become the world’s No1 test side

test side

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan have become the world’s No1 ranked test side after a wet ground at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain denied India the chance to beat West Indies and so retain their position at the top of the list. It is the first time Pakistan has topped the Test rankings. In order to remain the top Test side, India needed to win and claim a 3-0 victory in the four-match series. However, heavy showers left the ground saturated meaning that no play has been possible since lunch on the first day of the fourth Test ...

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Brazil won men’s Olympic football

Olympic football

MNA Sports Desk: Brazilian superstar Neymar scored the winning penalty as hosts Brazil beat Germany 5-4 on penalties in Rio and won their first men’s Olympic football gold medal. Neymar had put the hosts ahead with a superb free kick after 27 minutes but Germany captain Maximilian Meyer equalized just before the hour to take the game into the extra period at 1-1. In front of 78,000 at the Maracana, Brazil got a measure of revenge as they finally won the Olympic title after losing in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012. Two years ago, World Cup hosts and ...

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Bolt complete unprecedented ‘triple-triple’


MNA Sports Desk: Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his brilliant Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles for a third successive Games to complete his unprecedented — triple-triple when Jamaica successfully defended the 4×100 meters relay crown on Friday. The 29-year-old, seen as the greatest sprinter in history, ran the anchor leg as the Jamaicans won in 37.27 seconds to add the relay gold to the 100 metres and 200 metres titles he had won for a third straight Olympics. “There you go, I am the greatest,” Bolt told reporters. “I am just ...

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Brazil made success over Honduras


MNA Sports Desk: Two goals from Manchester City new boy Gabriel Jesus and skipper Neymar, including the fastest goal in Olympic history, helped Brazil made a spot in the men’s Olympic football final with a 6-0 semi-final success over Honduras on Wednesday. The home side, playing in front of a packed Maracana stadium and desperately seeking the only international title they have yet to win, got off to the perfect start by scoring after just 15 seconds. The win raises the tantalizing possibility of a Brazil-Germany final, and a repeat of the 2014 World Cup semi-final in which Germany hammered ...

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Former FIFA president Joao Havelange died

Joao Havelange

MNA Sports Desk: Joao Havelange, the former president of FIFA, died in Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano Hospital on Tuesday. The former Olympic swimmer and water polo player for Brazil had been in and out of the hospital in recent months with respiratory problems. Havelange, who was 100-year-old, was the first non-European to head the International Football Federation (FIFA), world football’s governing body. He was a Brazilian lawyer, businessman, and athlete who served as the 7th President of the FIFA, from 1974 to 1998. His tenure as President is the second longest in FIFA’s history, behind only that of Jules Rimet. ...

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Younis Khan returned as top 5 test batsmen

Younis Khan

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistani batsman Younis Khan has returned as the world’s top 5 batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his commanding double century against England at The Oval. The 38-year-old scored 218, his sixth double century at this level, set up Pakistan’s 10-wicket win in the fourth Test at The Oval on Sunday, a result which saw them draw the four-match series with England at 2-2. Australia captain Steven Smith continues to head a list where England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are still second and third respectively. However, James Anderson, ...

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Messi will return to play for national team


MNA Sports Desk: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi will return to play for the national team for love of his country, despite earlier vowing to retire in frustration, he said on Friday. The 29-year-old Barcelona megastar sensationally announced his retirement from international football on June 26 after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final. “A lot of things went through my mind on the night of the final and I gave serious thought to quitting, but my love for my country and this shirt is too great,” he said in a statement. Argentina’s new coach was ...

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Argentina made exit from Olympic


MNA Sports Desk: The Olympic football team of Argentina made a quick exit from Brazil after being held to a 1-1 draw against Honduras on Wednesday. After starting their campaign with defeat to Portugal, Julio Olarticoechea’s men bounced back in the second match by beating Algeria 2-1. Argentina missed the chance to open the scoring when Angel Correa scuffed his spot kick wide nine minutes into the second half. Antony Lozano converted the second of two penalties for Honduras in the 75th minute and they held on to their advantage until the third minute of stoppage time when Mauricio Martinez ...

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US won men’s 4×200 meters freestyle relay


MNA Sports Desk: Michael Phelps gained his second gold medal and the 21st of his career as the US (United States) won the men’s 4×200 meters Olympic freestyle relay on Tuesday. It was the fourth successive US Olympic victory in the event. The most successful Olympian of all time swam the final leg to extend his career tally to a total of 26 medals, also including two silvers and two bronze. Earlier, he had won gold number 20 with victory in the 200m butterfly. In the 200-metre event he clocked 1:53.36, while in the relay, the team finished at 7:00.66. ...

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Jamaica Tallawahs clinch second CPL tittle


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladeshi star Shakib Al Hasan bagged a brace as his team Jamaica Tallawahs became the first team to clinch the second CPL (Caribbean Premier League) tittle as they cantered to an easy nine-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors. Winning the toss, Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle opted to field first and his bowlers soon vindicated his decision, at the Warner Park in St Kitts on Sunday. An all-round effort from the bowlers led by Imad Wasim (3 for 21) meant Amazon Warriors were shot down for just 93 in 16.1 overs. In reply, Chris Gayle hammered a 27-ball ...

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Tremendous opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympic


MNA Sports Desk: The opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games officially took place with a long and tremendous celebration of Brazilian culture in the Maracana Stadium. The leading images from the four-hour opening ceremony will be supermodel Giselle Bundchen’s catwalk across the pitch to ‘The Girl From Ipanema’, the joyous arrival of Brazil’s team and former marathon star Vanderlei de Lima lighting an Olympic cauldron. Rio 2016 has had a hard background with fears about the country’s capacity to afford it; Rio’s arrangements and sport’s authority in the face of a divisive doping crisis, but South America’s ...

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