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ICC urges Sri Lanka to come clean on corruption


MNA Sports Desk: The International Cricket Council has urged Sri Lanka’s scandal-ridden sporting community to come forward with information about corruption before an amnesty expires or risk expulsion from the game. Sri Lankan cricket has been mired in corruption allegations in recent years, including claims of match fixing ahead of an international Test against England last year, and the sport’s world governing body is in the middle of a major inquiry into the island nation. The ICC said it had received a “positive response” after granting a 15-day amnesty this month for players, coaches or anyone else linked to the ...

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RAB arrests five in BD over drug haul in Sri Lanka


MNA National Desk: Five people have been arrested in Bangladesh over their suspected involvement in the biggest drug haul in Sri Lanka’s history. The suspects were detained in separate raids on Monday, said Rapid Action Battalion spokesperson Mohammad Mufti Mahmud Khan. The arrestees are Fatima Imam Tania, 26, Afsana Mimi, 23, Salma Sultana, 26, Sheikh Mohammad Badhon aka Parvez, 28 and Ruhul Amin aka Simon, 29. The elite police unit has recovered 1,970 yaba pills, foreign currency notes and passports from the five suspects. They have “confessed to being involved in an international drug racket” during preliminary questioning. On Dec ...

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Morgan, Rashid shine as England beat Sri Lanka


MNA Sports Desk: Captain Eoin Morgan smashed his second half-century in two games and Adil Rashid took four wickets to help England crush Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the rain-marred third one-day international on Wednesday. Chasing 151 in 21 overs after persistent rain had shortened the match, the visitors rode on Morgan’s unbeaten 58, including seven fours, to reach 153-3 with 15 balls to spare. Jason Roy (41) and Ben Stokes (35 not out) gave Morgan valuable support as England took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series after the opening game was washed out. Earlier, Adil Rashid produced ...

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Sri Lanka bow out of Asia Cup


MNA Sports Desk: Afghanistan continued their rise in international cricket with an upset 91-run win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Monday, knocking the former champions out of the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka needed to win the Group B match to stay in the tournament but were outwitted by smart batting from Afghanistan who put up a fighting total of 249 all out at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The fighters then laid into Sri Lankan batting with spinner Rashid Khan (2-26), Mohammad Nabi (2-30) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2-32) sharing wickets as the five-time former winners were bowled out for ...

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BD to get more tariff reduction under APTA


MNA Business Desk: The tariff-cut amendment of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) became effective Sunday, with China’s Ministry of Commerce saying it would facilitate regional economic integration in Asia, according to reports by Xinhua and Global Times. “The amendment will provide member countries new economic impetus, prompt continued trade increases, facilitate economic integration and help further materialise the Belt and Road Initiative,” the ministry said Sunday in an online statement. The six members of APTA – China, India, South Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Laos – will slash tariffs by an average of 33 per cent on 10,312 product categories. ...

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Nidahas Trophy: Tigers to face India


MNA Sport Desk: The Tigers will start their Nidahas Trophy campaign on Thursday taking on India at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The T20I match of the tri-nation tournament, organised commemorating the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, will begin at 7:30pm Bangladesh time. Bangladesh Squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarker, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Haider Rony, Abu Jahed Rahi, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Nazmul Islam Apu and Liton Kumar Das. India Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh ...

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Kusal Perera leads Sri Lanka to victory

Kusal Perera

MNA Sports Desk: Kusal Perera hit a blazing half-century to power Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win over India in the opening Twenty20 international of the tri-nation tournament on Tuesday. Chasing 175 for victory, the hosts rode on Perera’s 37-ball 66 to achieve their target with nine balls to spare at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. The left-handed Perera, who hit 6 fours and 4 sixes, overshadowed Indian opener Shikar Dhawan’s career-best 90 that saw the visitors post 174-5 after being put into bat first. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar hurt Sri Lanka’s chase by picking up two wickets each ...

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Bangladesh to bat first in first T20

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in first T20 international match in Mirpur on Thursday. Bangladesh are going to play the match with four debut players. Bangladesh Team: 1 Zakir Hassan, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Afif Hossain, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Nazmul Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Rubel Hossain. Sri Lanka Team: 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Akila Dananjaya, ...

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Mominul Haque makes history

Mominul Haque

MNA Sports Desk: Mominul Haque became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a century in both the innings of a Test match on Sunday as the Tigers took a slender lead over Sri Lanka on the final day of the Chittagong Test. The Bangladesh number three has just made his second hundred of the game, this time the ton coming in 154 balls. The hosts are now on 237 for 3, taking a lead of 36. Liton Das is giving Mominul the perfect support with a well-taken fifty, he has contributed 67 to their 156-run partnership. Replying to Sri Lanka ...

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Sri Lanka take lead on fourth day

MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka have taken the lead against Bangladesh in the first innings of the Test match in Chittagong. The visitors were 9 runs behind at the start of play on the fourth day on Saturday, but passed Bangladesh’s first innings total of 513 in the third over. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan Miraz opened the attack for Bangladesh. Bangladesh posted 513/10 in 129.5 overs in the 1st innings, which ended in the second session on day 2, opening the innings with bat after winning the toss on Wednesday where Mominul Haque shared partnership of 236 off 56.1 ...

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Sri Lanka clinch 10-wicket victory

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MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka handed Bangladesh one of their worst losses as a 10-wicket victory on Thursday sent the former world champions into the final of the tri-nation series. After bundling Bangladesh out for a sorry 82 in the last of the tri-nation series’ group matches at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, some fireworks from Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka finished the chase in just 11.4 overs. Gunathilaka hit 40 off 36 balls while Tharanga made 34 in 36 balls to steer the team to the win. Winning the toss, Tigers skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza opted to bat first, but Suranga ...

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Bangladesh’s biggest ODI win against Sri Lanka


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh recorded their biggest ODI win – a 163-run win- against Sri Lanka in the Tri-nation series yesterday in Mirpur. It was a wretched performance from Sri Lanka all around. In the face of a daunting Bangladesh total of 320 for 7, their batsmen lasted just 32.2 overs. And their bowlers hardly tested Bangladesh’s line-up. Each of Bangladesh’s batting core came good. Tamim Iqbal made 84 off 102 balls. Shakib struck an aggressive 67 at more than a run a ball. And Mushfiqur Rahim blasted 62. All of that meant Bangladesh managed good partnerships through their innings. ...

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Tigers practise in full force


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has included practice matches for the tigers of the Bangladesh National Cricket team for the ensuing Tri-nations series. BCB on Tuesday announced the revised practice schedule for the tri-nation series and Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh. The tri-nation series involves Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Some 32 players of the preliminary squad of Bangladesh team started their practice from the past week. After the tri-series, Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka for two Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka respectively. Fixture of Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh: 1st Test: 31 January -4 February, Chittagong 2nd Test: ...

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Hathurusingha bans music at training


MNA Sports Desk: New Sri Lanka cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha pledged to get tough with the under-performing national team-including banning music in training-while demanding “full control” over selection. With the 1996 World Cup winners coming to the end of their worst year in international cricket, Hathurusingha said he would impose strict discipline to make sure they are ready for the 2019 World Cup, reported news agency. Asked about reports that players were admonished for listening to music in practice, Hathurusingha said after his first training session with the team on Thursday: “If they are interested in music they will have ...

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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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Babar, Shadab lead Pakistan to win


MNA Sports Desk: Babar Azam scored a second successive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career best bowling and batting to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Monday. One-drop batsman Babar knocked a fighting 133-ball 103 while Shadab scored a career best 52 not out to lift Pakistan from a struggling 79-5. That was before Shadab the bowler returned with his best figures of 3-47 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 187 all out in 48 overs. The 23-year-old Babar and Shadab, who turned 19 earlier this month, were engaged ...

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Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in first Test

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MNA Sports Desk: Rangana Hearth completed his 400 wickets against Pakistan when he sent six Pakistani batsmen back to the pavilion, clinching the first Test in Abu Dhabi for Sri Lanka, reported news agency. Sri Lanka won the match by 21 runs, a strong comeback after being whitewashed at home by India. Pakistan were all out for 114. Hearth — who took 11 wickets in the match — also completed 400 Test wickets. He became the first left-arm spinner to achieve the feat and was announced as the man of the match. Pakistan batsmen struggled against spin, with Herath and ...

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ICC launches corruption probe in Sri Lanka


MNA Sports Desk: The ICC has confirmed its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has opened an investigation in Sri Lanka, less than 48 hours after 40 top cricketers petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to launch an inquiry into corruption allegations. The ICC’s general manager, ACU, Alex Marshall, confirmed the probe in a statement issued from the global governing body’s Dubai headquarters, saying: “The ICC anti-corruption unit works to uphold integrity in cricket and this includes conducting investigations where there are reasonable grounds to do so. “There is currently an ICC (ACU) investigation underway in Sri Lanka,” said Marshall. “Naturally as part of ...

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Chandimal, Tharanga to captain Sri Lanka


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka appointed two new captains Wednesday to replace Angelo Mathews, who resigned after his side’s humiliating home series defeat to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Test side while Upul Tharanga will captain in limited-overs matches, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said. The reshuffle caps a turbulent period for the beleaguered Sri Lankan side, whose loss to Zimbabwe followed a fitness and coaching crisis and an early departure from the Champions Trophy. “Mathews tendered his resignation a short while ago this morning,” said SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala said. “We want to regroup and restructure and move ...

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Sri Lanka monsoon death toll hits to 164


MNA International Desk: Sri Lanka’s monsoon toll climbed to 164 with the discovery of more bodies of people buried in landslides triggered by intense rains, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Monday. Friday’s deluge also caused the island’s worst flooding in 14 years and drove nearly half a million people out of their inundated homes in the southern and western regions. The DMC said 104 people were still listed as missing while another 88 remained in hospital. Police said an air force Mi-17 transport helicopter crashed in the southern Baddegama area Monday while transporting relief supplies to flood victims. ...

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Buddha Purnima: Significance of Gautama Buddha’s birth anniversary

Buddha Purnima

MNA Feature Desk: Also known as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti, Buddha Purnima celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. For over two thousand years, Buddhists around the world have celebrated the Buddha’s Birthday. This day is the most significant amongst all have the different Buddhist traditions around the world. Gautama Buddha who was known as Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. The time of Gautama Buddha’s birth and death is uncertain. However, most historians date his lifetime between 563-483 B.C. Most people consider Lumbini, Nepal as birth place of Buddha. Buddha died ...

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Bangladesh T20I series against Sri Lanka kicks off tomorrow


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh will play the first twenty20 match among the two-match T20I series against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. The second T20I will be held on April 6. Both the matches will begin at 7:30pm (Bangladesh time). Bangladesh registered the only victory against Sri Lanka in their last meeting at home in the Twenty20 format Asia Cup 2016. Since September 2007 Bangladesh and Sri Lanka played five T20Is where the latter side secured four victories. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday announced a 16-man squad for the series with return of Mushfiqur Rahim ...

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Sri Lanka win toss, choose to bat first


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga won the toss and elected to bat first in the second one-day international against Bangladesh at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Tuesday. Sri Lanka made three changes to their team while Bangladesh remain unchanged.  Bangladesh took the lead 1-0 in the series against the host Sri Lanka with a 90-run victory where Tamim Iqbal’s 127 played a major role to ensure the first ODI win. Bangladesh squad Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman and ...

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Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field first

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MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga won the toss and opted to field first against Bangladesh in their first of three-game ODI series in Dambulla on Saturday. The Tigers are in high spirits following a four-wicket victory over the hosts in the second Test, which was the visitors’ 100th match in the longer version of the game. Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman. Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga (capt), Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, ...

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Bangladesh should eye ODI series win against Sri Lanka

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MNA Sports Desk: Former national team opening batsman Ishtiaque Ahmad urged the Tigers to go in high spirit in the forthcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, reported news agency. The three-match ODI series will be kicked off on 25 March and that will be followed by two T20I encounters to end the tour. Bangladesh’s record in ODIs against Sri Lanka is better than in other formats of cricket, having four wins in 38 outings. After suffering a crushing 259 runs defeat in the first Test at Galle, one thought Bangladesh would be lucky if they can avoid defeat in 2nd ...

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Tigers win the historic 100th test against Sri Lanka in Colombo


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh clinch historic 100th Test match beating Sri Lanka by four wickets to level Joy Bangla Cup series 1-1 in Colombo on Sunday. Earlier, halfway through the second session of the day, the Tigers chasing 191 to win had reached 143/4 on the back of the unbroken 93-run partnership between Tamim and Shabbir, after Lankan spin legend had set nerves jangling with a wicked 2-wicket burst to get rid of Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes prior to lunch. There followed a torrid half hour or so till lunch was taken, with Bangladesh still a bit wobbly in ...

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Bangladesh need 191 runs to win the 100th test

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh need 191 runs to win the historic 100th test against Sri Lanka as Suranga Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera showed grit to defy Bangladesh bowlers at Colombo Test. The duo added 50 runs on Sunday morning, taking their ninth wicket partnership to 80, but a misunderstanding between them saw the stand broken with Perera falling victim to a run out. Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed their second innings on day five with a lead of 139 runs with two wickets in hand in the second and last Test of Joy Bangla Cup series at P Sara Oval. Overnight ...

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