Hornets seal Premier Div Basketball


MNA Sports Desk: Hornets Sporting Club emerged as the unbeaten champion in the Unimed Unihealth Pharmaceuticals Premier Division Basketball League, organised by Bangladesh Basketball Federation, after beating Rangers Club by 63-50 points Wednesday at Wooden Floor Basketball Gymnasium in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The winning side led 33-22 in the first half. Hornets’ Jamil and Raim caged 25 and 13 points respectively while Rangers’ Bappy and Mehedi scored 19 and 13 points accordingly. Hornets received Tk30,000 as prize money while Rangers got Tk20,000, reported news agency.

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Smith to play for Comilla Victorians

Comilla Victorians

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Premier League side Comilla Victorians on Tuesday announced the signing of former Australian captain Steve Smith for the upcoming edition of the Twenty20 tournament. Smith would join the team mid-January for the second phase of the BPL as a replacement for Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, reported news agency. Australia’s ex-vice captain David Warner will also play in the BPL — which runs from 5 January to 8 February 2019 — having signed for the Sylhet Sixers. Smith and Warner were handed year-long international bans for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in ...

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Babar Azam slams anchor Zainab Abbas

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MNA Sports Desk: Babar Azam, who scored the first Test century of his career in the second Test match against New Zealand, hit out at Zainab Abbas over a tweet from the star Pakistani cricket anchor. Abbas, a popular anchor in Pakistan who has 1.12 million followers on Twitter, congratulated Babar on getting his first hundred. But Babar did not like a cheeky line in that tweet. ‘Well played @babarazam258 – loved how the boys went congratulating Mickey Arthur celebrating his ‘son’s’ century #PakvNZ,’ Zainab tweeted after Babar’s maiden hundred on Sunday. But the 24-year-old Pakistan batsman apparently didn’t like ...

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Mashrafe gets AL’s nomination for Narail-2


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh national cricket team ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been nominated from ruling Awami League to join the race of 11th parliamentary polls from Narail-2 constituency. He was served the confirmation letter, from Awami Legaue central office at Bangabandhu Avenue Sunday (Nov 25) morning. Narail district AL leaders collected the final nomination paper on behalf of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Party Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap has forwarded the letter. Meanwhile, people from different walks of life of Narail congratulated the paceman upon bagging ticket from Awami League. AL started distributing the final nomination letters to the ...

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Australia lift fourth WT20 title


MNA Sports Desk: Australia on Saturday trump England in an eight-wicket win to put their hands on the ICC Women’s World T20 title for a fourth time. Choosing to bat at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua England began promisingly with 12 runs in the first over. But that remained their best of the innings. Elyse Villani held on to a skyer to extend Tammy Beaumont’s disappointing tournament, and Georgia Wareham’s rocket throw from mid-on caught Amy Jones short of her crease at the non-striker’s end, ICC reports. But for those, Australia were unusually sloppy on the field, the nerves ...

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Tigers win first Test by 64 runs

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh have beaten West Indies for the first time ever on home soil to go 1-0 up in the Test series after winning the first Test at Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium by 64 runs. Mehedi Miraz bagged the wicket of Jomel Warrican to break the ninth-wicket stand of 63 runs between him and Sunil Ambris. With 66 runs needed and Windies having two wickets in hand, Warrick mishit Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan took the catch at midwicket to send back Warrick after a fighting 41. Next over, Taijul Islam bagged his sixth wicket as West ...

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Bangladesh to bat first against West Indies

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat against West Indies in the first of a two-Test series in Chattogram on Thursday, reported news agency. Bangladesh have handed maiden Test cap to 17-year-old off-spinner Nayeem Hasan. Soumya Sarkar also has been included in the squad while Liton Das and Khaled Ahmed are out. Ariful Haque had to make way for skipper Shakib Al Hasan. Squads: Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, ...

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Nic Pothas declared interim West Indies coach


MNA Sports Desk: Nic Pothas has been appointed West Indies’ interim head coach for the tour of Bangladesh following the end of Stuart Law’s stint. Law was named Middlesex coach in September and the recently concluded India tour was his final assignment having originally joined West Indies in early 2017. West Indies hoped Pothas, who become fielding coach earlier this year, would bring some continuity for the Bangladesh series before a full-time appointment is made. “Having Nic lead the team at this juncture is important for continuity and we look forward to strong and positive performances from the squad under ...

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Bangladesh finish Women’s World T20 with defeat


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh women’s cricket team finished their Women’s World T20I with all losing note as they suffered a 30-run defeat to South Africa in their group A last encounter held on Monday at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium at Gros Islet, St. Lucia. Salma Khatun produced a superb bowling display to restrict South Africa to a small total of 109 for 9 from their stipulated 20 overs. Marizanne Kappan top scored with 25 runs while opener Lizelle Lee followed her with 21 for South Africa. Chloe Tryon (18) and Dane van Niekerk (17) were the other notable ...

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Shakib, Soumya back in Test squad


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan and batsman Soumya Sarkar will return to the squad for the first Test of two-match series against the West Indies, reported news agency. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday made the announcement. BCB has also drafted in 18-year-old off break bowler Naeem Hasan. The star all-rounder Shakib has been out of action since returning home midway through the Asia Cup with a long-standing finger injury that needed surgery. SQUAD Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Soumya Sarker, Imrul Kayes, Md Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmud Ullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, ...

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BCB honours Tamim, Mushfiq to reach 10,000-run club


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) honoured two Bangladeshi cricketers—opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim with special crest and blazer to mark their feat of crossing the 10,000 runs in international cricket across all three formats of the game. Mushfiqur Rahim reached the landmark of 10,000 runs as the 3rd Bangladeshi cricketer scoring 10,313 runs featuring country’s individual best 219 runs not out in the first innings on way to their comfortable 218-run victory over touring Zimbabwe in the 2nd and last Test in Dhaka to level the series 1-1. BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon MP honored ...

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Bangladesh level series against Zimbabwe


MNA Sports Desk: Host Bangladesh won by 218 against visiting Zimbabwe in the second and final Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka on Thursday. Right-arm spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz took 5 for 38 to finish with eight wickets in the match as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 224. Bangladesh declared their second innings for 224/6 and set a target of 443 runs for Zimbabwe on the Day 4. The second Test of the two-match series began at Mirpur on Sunday. Zimbabwe won the first Test at Sylhet.    

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Bangladesh set 443-run target


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh declared their second innings for 224/6 and set a target of 443 runs for Zimbabwe on the Day 4 in the second Test in Mirpur in Dhaka, reported new agency. In Bangladesh’s 224 runs, skipper Mahmudullah Riyad contributed a stunning century, the second in his career. That helped visitors post a challenging target for the tourists. He remained unbeaten at 101. His first century was against New Zealand at Hamilton in February 2010. The hosts opted against enforcing the follow-on despite their 218-run first innings lead. Debutant Mohammad Mithun scored 67 runs and built up an ...

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Solari given permanent contract


MNA Sports Desk: Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions’ fortunes since he stepped in to replace Julen Lopetegui. “Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems,” the Spanish football federation stated. Solari has led Real to four wins out of four since being installed on a caretaker basis following Lopetegui’s abrupt sacking last month. And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded he has established the best ever start for a Real manager. The upturn has ...

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Mushfiqur scores double century, Tigers declare after scoring 522

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MNA Sports Desk: Mushfiqur Rahim has scored his second double century in Test cricket, taking the Tigers to a massive total of 522 in the Mirpur Test against Zimbabwe. With his 219*, Mushfiq became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score two double centuries. The other two are Shakib Al Hasan (217) and Tamim Iqbal (206). He struck his first double century during the 2013 Test tour of Sri Lanka. The right-handed batsman also became the first wicket-keeper-batsman to score two double centuries in Tests, an incredible accomplishment that some of the best wicket-keeper-batsmen have not achieved. Bangladesh declared at the ...

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Bangladesh bat first in 2nd Test

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh stand-in captain Mahmudullah won the toss and elected to bat first in the must-win second Test match against Zimbabwe to avoid series defeat. The hosts have lost the first match by 151 runs. They are out now to salvage the honour at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. Bangladesh XI: Liton Das, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah (capt), Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Khaled Ahmed Zimbabwe XI: Hamilton Masakadza (capt), Brian Chari, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, PJ Moor, Regis Chakabva (wk), Brandon Mavuta, Donald Tiripano, ...

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Junior Tigers lose youth ODI series 2-1

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MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh U-19 cricket team suffered a 2-1 series defeat in the youth ODI series against Sri Lanka after a 19-run loss (Duckworth/Lewis method) in the fifth and final match in Katunayake Friday. Asked to bat first, the home side posted 205 losing seven wickets in their stipulated 50 overs, opener Kamal Mishra top-scoring with 83 off 135 balls, featuring a couple of fours. Bangladesh’s Sajid Hossain bagged two wickets. In reply, the visiting side registered 80 for the loss of four wickets in 21 overs before rain intervened. The junior Tigers were 19 runs behind at this ...

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Australia announce squad for SAfrica, India T20s


MNA Sports Desk: Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, veteran spinner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were all left out of Australia’s Twenty20 squad Thursday to play South Africa and India. Coach Justin Langer said they, along with Peter Siddle, would be better off playing Sheffield Shield cricket to be ready for a busy home summer featuring four Tests against India and two against Sri Lanka. In their absence, Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff get a chance to impress after being included in the 13-man squad for a single T20 against the Proteas and three against the Indians. Aaron Finch (capt), ...

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Rohit’s century helps India clinch T20 series


MNA Sports Desk: India captain Rohit Sharma smashed a blistering century to help the team secure a series-clinching 71-run victory over West Indies in the second Twenty20 International in Lucknow on Tuesday. The right-hander’s unbeaten 111 off 61 balls powered India to a commanding 195 for two wickets, and he returned to marshal his bowlers who restricted the tourists to 124-9 to earn an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Having elected to field, West Indies initially managed to restrain Rohit and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, conceding only nine runs in the first four overs. Rohit broke loose ...

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Zimbabwe slams Bangladesh by 151 runs


MNA Sports Desk: Visiting Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 151 runs in the first Test of the two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Poor performance, irresponsible act of the senior cricketers, unplanned approach and inexperienced Bangladeshi squad contributed in this shocking and shameful defeat. No batsmen of Bangladesh could stand in the face of a tough task to save the test. Zimbabwe fought odds that were stacked against them, but won most sessions in the game with patient batting and bowling. They held their catches too, and dismantled Bangladesh for 169 all out, winning by 151 runs. It ...

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Australia cricket director Taylor quits

Mark Taylor

MNA Sports Desk: Former Test captain Mark Taylor quit as a Cricket Australia director Monday, saying he had “lost the energy” to continue after a torrid time sparked by the ball-tampering scandal and a scathing review into the governing body. He becomes the latest top figure to exit the embattled organisation following chief executive James Sutherland and chairman David Peever, reported news agency. Taylor was only last week floated as a potential successor to Peever, with the sport in desperate need of inspired leadership after the damning independent review blamed CA’s “arrogant” and “controlling” culture as contributing to players cheating ...

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Bangladesh clinch SAFF U-15 title


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh clinched the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship title with an all-win record beating Pakistan by 3-2 goals in penalty shootout as the final match between two teams was locked in 1-1 goals in the stipulated period at ANFA Complex in Lalitpur, Nepal on Saturday. The match rolled into a tie breaker after the regulation time ended in a 1-1 goal draw, reported news agency. Bangladesh emerged Group ‘A’ champions with all-win record to reach the semifinals after defeating Nepal by 2-1 goals in the last group match and the Maldives by 9-0 goals to start their campaign ...

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Zimbabwe to bat first against Bangladesh

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MNA Sports Desk: Visiting Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza has won the toss and decided to bat first in the first Test against Bangladesh at the picturesque Sylhet International Stadium, which is hosting its first five-day game, reported news agency. Hosts are looking to boost their Test record in the two-match series against Zimbabwe despite missing big names Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh XI: 1 Liton Das, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah (capt), 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Abu ...

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Bangladesh beat India to reach SAFF U-15 final


MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh on Thursday beat neighbours India 4-2 on penalties to reach the final of the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship, reported news agency. India had taken an early lead in the 17th minute when Patre Harsh Shailesh scored from about 35 yards. Bangladesh were looking all set to for an exit, but the tournament’s leading scorer Nihad Jaman Ucchash scored the equaliser in the third minute of the stoppage time from a penalty. It was his fifth strike of the tournament. In Saturday’s final, Bangladesh will play the winners of Pakistan and Nepal, who play the second semifinal ...

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Neymar could face up to 6 yrs jail term


MNA Sports Desk: A Spanish magistrate leading an investigation into alleged irregularities in Neymar’s move to Barcelona in 2013 said Wednesday the Brazilian superstar could face up to six years in prison. “The term imposed, in principle, could be between four and six years,” said a decree issued by judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia, reported news agency. Neymar, his parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell are all awaiting the trial over alleged corruption concerning Neymar’s move to the Spanish La Liga giants in 2013. However, the Brazilian international forward is now with Paris Saint-Germain in ...

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Tigers to get Mustafizur boost in Test series


MNA Sports Desk: Mustafizur Rahman is fit as scans has cleared any injury concern of him before the first Test against visiting Zimbabwe scheduled to be held on Saturday at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet. The cutter master Mustafizur, who sustained an elbow injury during the first ODI against Zimbabwe in the just-concluded three-match ODI series, eventually rested in the third match, reported news agency. Bangladesh Cricket Board chief physician Debashish Chowdhury informed the press on Tuesday that there was nothing serious in his scan report and hoped that he would able to play in the first Test. Mustafizur, ...

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Sania, Shoaib blessed with baby boy


MNA Sports Desk: Tennis star Sania Mirza and her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik were blessed with a baby boy on Tuesday. Sania delivered the child early Tuesday morning, here and both mother and child were well. Shoaib tweeted: “Excited to announce: Its a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalik.” Sania married Malik in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony on 12 April, 2010. Mirza, who took a break to have her baby, is aiming to be back on the court for ...

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