Sachin’s cricket ‘guru’ Achrekar dies


MNA Sports Desk: Veteran cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, who trained Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and his friend Vinod Kambli, among others, passed away following a heart attack on Wednesday, family sources said. He was 87 and breathed his last at his home in Dadar at around 5:00pm. Achrekar, honoured with a Padma Shri in 2010 and Dronacharya Award in 1990, was instrumental in coaching Tendulkar, Kambli and over a dozen other top cricket stars in the finer nuances of the game. “The BCCI expresses is deepest sympathy on the passing of Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers but ...

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Bangladesh have to play qualifiers for T20 WC


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have an extra round to play in the T20 World Cup 2020, the ICC said on Tuesday, reported news agency. The 16-team tournament will have the top eight-ranked sides – Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Windies and Afghanistan – who will get a direct passage to the Super 12s, while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will start with the group stage. The group stage will include these two sides and six others who will make it there via World T20 qualifiers. The eight teams will jostle for the four remaining ...

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Fizz named in Cricket Australia’s 2018 ODI XI

Cricket Australia

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman has been named by Cricket Australia in its ODI team of the year for 2018, reported news agency. The Fizz bagged 29 wickets in 18 ODI innings this year, at an average of 21.72. The CA especially took into account Mustafizur’s performance in the Asia Cup in the UAE where he notched four wickets in a crucial clash with Pakistan, and two against India in the final. Cricket Australia’s 2018 ODI XI Rohit Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Virat Kohli (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Jos Buttler (WK), Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, ...

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Bashundhara Kings win Swadhinata Cup title

Swadhinata Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Bashundhara Kings clinched their first domestic title defeating Sheikh Russel KC by 2-1 goal in the final of Swadhinata Cup, reported news agency. The match held at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital Wednesday (Dec 26). For Bashundhara, Marcos Vinicius and Motin Mia scored the two goals. It was the 10th edition of Swadhinata Cup. Last month, Abahani Limited had shattered Bashundhara’s dream of clinching the maiden title in this season’s first tournament, the Federation Cup, with a 3-1 win in the final game.

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Open Bodybuilding begins

Open Bodybuilding

MNA Sports Desk: The 4th Marcel Cup Open Bodybuilding Competition, organised by Bangladesh Bodybuilding Federation, got underway Monday while the opening ceremony was held Tuesday, reported news agency. A total of 200 bodybuilders from 60 clubs, organisations and gymnasiums will take part in the three-day tournament. ATN Bangla will telecast the final round live Wednesday from 3:05pm onwards. The details of the tournament were announced in a press conference Sunday afternoon at the conference room of Bangladesh Olympic Bhaban. The participants will take part in six categories – 60kg, 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg and 80-plus kg.

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Rangpur win Nat’l U-17 Gold Cup

Gold Cup

MNA Sports Desk: Rangpur Division emerged champions in the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman National Gold Cup Football tournament (U- 17) beating Rajshahi Division by 2-1 goals in the grand final on Sunday at country’s premier venue Bangabandhu National Stadium. President Abdul Hamid graced the final and distributed trophies and medals as the chief guest, reported news agency. Earlier, the prestigious Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman National Gold Cup Football tournament (U-17) was formally inaugurated through a fabulous ceremony with a match between Baushi Union of Barhatta team and Barhatta Sadar Union team at Sheikh Russel Mini Stadium at Barhatta Upazila of ...

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West Indies seal T20I series

T20I series

MNA Sports Desk: The West Indies clinched the T20I series after defeating host Bangladesh by 50 runs in the third and final match of the series at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Saturday, reported news agency. Chasing 191, Bangladesh were bundled out for 140 with three overs to spare. Liton top-scored with 43 off 25 balls, featuring three fours and as many sixes. Earlier, Shakib won the toss and elected to bowl first. Bangladesh named an unchanged playing XI, while the Windies made one change to their side, bringing in debutant Sherfane Rutherford in place of batsman Darren ...

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WI all out for 190

West Indies

MNA Sports Desk: West Indies are all out for 190 as Oshane Thomas is run out in the last over bowled by Mahmudullah Riyad in the series-deciding third T20I at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. West Indies showed a lot of firepower as Evin Lewis and Shai Hope started proceeding brightly for West Indies as the duo combined in a 76-run opening stand. Bangladesh came back into the game with a few breakthoroughs but Lewis continued wrecking havoc at the other end. Mahmudullah Riyad then tilted things in favour of Bangladesh with double strikes to remove Lewis and Hetmyer off back-to-back ...

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Windies won the toss, opted to field


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has won the toss and elected to bowl first in the second T20I at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. West Indies will be eyeing a series win after clinching the first T20 at Sylhet by eight wickets as the prepare to face the Tigers. Teams: Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Abu Hider, Mustafizur Rahman West Indies XI: Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, ...

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Solskjaer named Manchester United caretaker manager


MNA Sports Desk: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named as Manchester United’s caretaker manager until the end of the 2018/19 season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club looks for a new full-time manager. “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” said the Norwegian. Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford, scoring the winning ...

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Australia level series against India


MNA  Sports Desk: Australia cleaned up India’s lower order through a barrage of hostile bowling before lunch on the fifth day to secure a series-levelling 146-run victory in the second test on Tuesday, reported news agency. Having set the tourists a daunting 287 to win on a menacing Perth Stadium pitch, Australia dismissed top-ranked India for 140 midway through the first session to win an engrossing, low-scoring contest. The wickets were shared around with Man of the Match Nathan Lyon (3-39) and quick Mitchell Starc (3-46) the pick of the bowlers. It was sweet revenge for Australia after a nail-biting ...

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West Indies win 1st T20I by 8 wickets

West Indies

MNA Sports Desk: West Indies won the first T20 International of the three-match series over Bangladesh by 8 wickets with 55 balls remaining, at Sylhet International Stadium on Monday. In response to the 130-run target set by the hosts Bangladesh, the Caribbean reached the destination by loosing two wickets in 10.5 overs. Shai Hope scored the highest 55 runs 23 balls while E Lewis (18 off 11), N Pooran (23 off 17), KMA Paul (28 off 14). Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat. They scored 129 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. Bangladesh batsmen Shakib Al Hasan  (61 ...

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Bangladesh win toss, choose to bat first


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat first in the first one of the three-match T20 International series on Monday at Sylhet International Stadium, reported news agency. West Indies XI: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Shai Hope, 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Fabian Allen, 9 Keemo Paul, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas Bangladesh XI: 1 Liton Das, 2 Tamim Iqbal, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mehidy Hasan ...

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Bangladesh clinch ODI series


MNA Sports Desk: Mehidy Hasan Miraz bagged four wickets while Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar hit commanding fifties as Bangladesh easily beat West Indies by eight wickets on Friday to win the ODI series. Shai Hope’s second century in as many games helped the visitors somehow manage 198 for 9, a target that seemed too easy for the Bangladesh top-order. Tamim’s 81 runs came in 104 balls courtesy of nine fours while Soumya was brutal, hitting 80 in 81 balls in an innings that featured five fours and five sixes. Keemo Paul bagged both the wickets of Liton Das (23) ...

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‘Morocco will not host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations’


MNA Sports Desk: Morocco will not be a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon was stripped of the tournament, the country’s sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami said on Wednesday, while Egypt expressed an interest in hosting the finals. “Morocco does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so,” he told news agency. Morocco and South Africa had been seen as the frontline contenders to host the competition, which is due to start on 15 June. Cameroon had originally beaten bids from Algeria and the Ivory Coast to ...

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Windies level series 1-1


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies won by 4 wickets against host Bangladesh in the second ODI of the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur on Tuesday. Shai Hope carried his bat through the innings and recorded a career-best score of 146 to help Windies draw level. Earlier, Bangladesh scored 255 for 7 from their allotted 50 overs, after they were forced to bat first by West Indies. The series-deciding 3rd ODI match will be held in Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Friday (December 14) as the hosts won the opening match by five wickets on Sunday last ...

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Tigers set Windies 256-run target


MNA Sports Desk: Fifties from Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh to 255 for 7 in the second ODI against West Indies on Tuesday. Opener Liton Das was retired hurt on five while one-down Imrul Kayes failed to manage a single run, but Tamim and Mushfiq then added 111 runs to put Bangladesh in control. Tamim departed just after reaching his fifty, made with four fours and a six, while Mushfiq soon followed him to the pavillion after scoring 62 in 80 balls, courtesy of five fours. Shakib and Mahmudullah (30) now added 61 to take ...

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Bangladesh beat West Indies easily


MNA Sports Desk: A Mushfiqur Rahim fifty and great bowling by Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman helped Bangladesh easily beat West Indies by five wickets in the first ODI on Sunday. The hosts were set a target of 196 to win the game, and the batsmen played their part to ensure the Tigers remain in winning ways. Chasing 196, openers Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal (12) made 37 in the first wicket before Roston Chase removed the former thanks to a Devendra Bishoo catch. Oshane Thomas bowled Imrul Kayes (4) four balls later to cause a little problem, but ...

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Windies won the toss, opted to bat first


MNA Sports Desk: West Indies captain Rovman Powell has won the toss and decided to bat first in their first ODI against Bangladesh at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday. Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain Windies (Playing XI): Kieran Powell, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell(c), Devendra Bishoo, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas

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Yasir Shah fastest to 200 Test wickets

Yasir Shah

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah Thursday became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year-old record on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand. The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four — his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings — to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests achieved against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936. Yasir, whose 14 wickets helped Pakistan level the series 1-1 in Dubai, now has 27 wickets in the three Tests against New ...

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U-23 set to face UAE in Emerging Asia Cup

Asia Cup

MNA Sports Desk: The Bangladesh U23 cricket team, which is currently touring Pakistan for the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018, will begin their campaign when they take on UAE at the Southend Cricket Ground in Karachi Thursday. On the same day, co-hosts Pakistan U23 will face Hong Kong at the National Stadium at the same city. Bangladesh U23 is led by wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan and features Bangladesh national cricketers Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Khaled Ahmed and Nayeem Hasan. The Bangladesh side that reached Karachi on Wednesday morning is only the second Bangladeshi team to have visited Pakistan since ...

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Powell to lead Windies against Bangladesh


MNA Sports Desk: Rovman Powell will lead the Windies for the first time in his career, during the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh, reported news agency. Powell had an average outing in the ODI series against India, with only 61 runs in five innings. However, he had a productive time during the T10 League, scoring 177 runs at a strike rate of 226.92, including a 25-ball 61 in the final that laid the platform for Northern Warriors’ title victory. Meanwhile, the Windies will be boosted by the return of Darren Bravo, who is set to play his first ODI in ...

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Modric wins Ballon d’Or

Luka Modric

MNA Sports Desk: Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award. Modric, 33, helped Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, being named player of the tournament despite his side losing 4-2 to France. “It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it’s hard to describe in words,” said Modric, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the ...

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Shakib, Tamim return for WI ODIs


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh selectors on Sunday recalled Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan to a full-strength squad for the one-day international series against West Indies, reported news agency. The pair missed the Tigers’ last ODI series against Zimbabwe in October due to injury, but were deemed fit for the upcoming three-match contest in Bangladesh. The three-match ODI series will be held from December 9 to 14 in Dhaka and Sylhet. Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarker, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Mohammad ...

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Tigers whitewash Windies thru innings defeat in 2nd Test


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh whitewashed West Indies in Test series as the visitors failed to skip innings defeat in the 2nd match on Sunday, reported news agency. Tigers defeated West Indies by 184 runs in the second and final Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur. Mehidy Hasan Miraz produced his career best figure picking up 7 wickets in the first innings and 5 wickets in the second one. Being forced to follow on after being dismissed their first innings at 111 on the first session of the third day, West Indies again lost all wickets scoring only 213 ...

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Tigers force West Indies to follow-on

West Indies

MNA Sports Desk: Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz bagged seven wickets as Bangladesh dismissed the West Indies for 111, thus taking a 397-run first-innings lead during day three of their second and final Test match Sunday. Miraz took seven conceding 58 runs while captain Shakib al Hasan picked up three giving away 27 runs. This is Miraz’s career-best figure in Tests. Middle-order batsmen Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich scored 39 and 37 respectively. The Tigers then decided to impose the follow on, the first in their 18-year Test history. Bangladesh took control of the match on the second day, posting a ...

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Mahmudullah scores century to power Tigers past 450


MNA Sports Desk: Mahmudullah has scored his third Test century against the West Indies in Dhaka, reported news agency. His partnership with Taijul Islam took the Tigers past 450 on Saturday. Bangladesh has also seen half-centuries from debutant Shadman Islam (76), Shakib Al Hasan (80) and Liton Das (53). The Tigers have built on the solid platform they made on Friday and are now eyeing a massive total with two wickets still in hand. With Bangladesh at 259/5, it looks like the game is in perfect balance, but a lot will depend on whether Windies are able to skittle the ...

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