Apr 242015

RubelMohammad Isam:  The Bangladesh selectors face the challenge of picking a Test squad that allows the team management to play three quicks against Pakistan, a combination that has worked in ODIs over the last six months. However, there isn’t enough depth in the pace stocks to provide long-term firepower in Test cricket.

The squad could be announced during the T20 international in Mirpur on Friday, because the team leaves Dhaka for Khulna on Saturday to prepare for the first Test, which begins on April 28.

Among the fast bowlers, only Rubel Hossain has a confirmed spot in the squad, after he was rested for the T20 international. Rubel has reignited his international career since the World Cup with more pace and movement, but his 16-wicket aggregate in ODIs over the last six months is second to Mashrafe Mortaza’s 19. Taskin Ahmed, third in this list, hasn’t played long-form cricket since February 2013.

Rubel’s automatic selection is not entirely because of his Test performance. His bowling average of 73.34 is still the worst in Test cricket for anyone who has bowled at least 3600 deliveries.

The options are thin for the selectors.

Shafiul Islam’s seven wickets were the most for a Bangladesh quick in Tests last year, but he didn’t play a World Cup match and picked up a hand injury recently. The selectors did not choose Al-Amin Hossain for the Pakistan ODIs, so unless he and Shafiul did something dramatic in the nets, they are doubtful selections.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has been interested in the left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman for the last 12 months. After his stint with the Under-19 team, the young bowler from Satkhira was a surprise inclusion in the Bangladesh A side for their West Indies tour last year. Rahman has been the country’s leading wicket-taker among pace bowlers in this first-class season.

Apart from Rahman, the selectors mentioned Mohammad Shahid a few times, though he has only made it to the second string sides. Shahadat Hossain, who played one Test against Zimbabwe last year, took only 13 first-class wickets this season but he has remained on the selectors’ radar by bowling regularly in the Bangladesh nets.

Robiul Islam, Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker among quicks in the last three years, is low on the list of contenders after a series of injuries this season. He played just three first-class and two List-A matches since the Test against West Indies last year.

Selecting the spinners will not be as much of a problem. Shakib Al Hasan should have left-arm spinner Taijul Islam and legspinner Jubair Hossain for company. They finished just behind Shakib in the list of most wickets for Bangladesh last year.

Taijul holds the Bangladesh record for best bowling figures in an innings while Jubair took a five-wicket haul against Zimbabwe. Coach Chandika Hathurusingha has made it clear that he wants Jubair around. Left-arm spinners Abdur Razzak and Elias Sunny are the only bowlers with more than 40 first-class wickets this season but it is doubtful whether the selectors will pick either of them. Offspinner Sohag Gazi could be ahead of them if an extra spinner is needed, after he was cleared to bowl by the ICC in February and has been doing well with bat and ball since.

The other area of discussion might be Tamim Iqbal’s opening partner, though Soumya Sarkar could have settled that with his unbeaten 127 in the third ODI against Pakistan. He has been in the Bangladesh team since the fifth ODI against Zimbabwe last December. He opened with Tamim against Pakistan and looked at ease despite two low scores. They added 145 runs in the third game, the first time in ten innings the Bangladesh opening pair had added 50-plus.

If Sarkar is picked he will replace Imrul Kayes, who made two Test hundreds in six innings last year. He also added more runs in two stands with Tamim than what Shamsur Rahman managed in 12. But Imrul made just 14 runs in four ODIs since the Zimbabwe Tests, and was poor in the World Cup.

Anamul Haque is likely to be picked too, though not as first-choice opener; he has not been a Test regular since his debut in 2013. He made a striking return to competitive cricket with 94 and 111 for Prime Bank South Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League first-class match against BCB North Zone that ended on Friday. He was the regular opener in ODIs with Tamim until his shoulder injury midway through the World Cup. Anamul’s performance will push Rony Talukdar and Litton Das down the pecking order.

Nasir Hossain could make the No 7 spot after a reasonable comeback in the World Cup. He got to bat just once against Pakistan but his bowling was handy. Shuvagata Hom had replaced Hossain against Zimbabwe but averaged only 23.40 in six innings and did not take wickets.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Jun 062013

Cricket AshrafulMohammad Isam

Dhaka, June 6, 2013:  Mohammad Ashraful’s confession of his involvement in match-fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League has led to confusion over whether it amounts to a criminal offense. There are mixed opinions over whether and how to prosecute Ashraful since there are no specific laws on fixing in Bangladesh’s legal system.

Some believe that the case is quite straightforward as he has “cheated”, which is a clear violation of the law of the land. Others, however, point towards a vacuum of laws, i.e. that the existing laws are not strong enough to charge him.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh has, according to the Dhaka-based The Daily Star, only discussed the controversy informally. The commission is following the developments and is still mulling whether or not to get involved since the Bangladesh Cricket Board itself is considered a regulatory body.

The ACC chairman Golam Rahman has said that he is not in favour of being involved in the fixing issue. “There is a regulatory authority and that’s the [Bangladesh] cricket board,” he said.

“The authority should play its due role. If we interfere in everything, then the other authorities will become dysfunctional. However, if the BCB fails to act then we will think of getting involved.”

Criminal law expert ABM Sharfuddin Mukul said that a law is in place for every corrupt practice. “The rules state that he is not supposed to be involved in fixing, but he has done so. He has cheated for his personal benefit. This is a violation of the law.

“So in a broader sense, a charge can be made based on Section 420 (which deals with cheating and dishonesty) of the penal code. He has violated the rules of the tournament so a police or the victim can file a case. If he has done anything wrong while sporting the national jersey, any cricket fan who feels cheated can file a charge against him as well.”

The Delhi Police had also initially registered the cases against the three Rajasthan Royals players (Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila) under the Indian Penal Code section 420 and 120B, which, similar to Bangladesh’s section 420, deals with fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

According to another senior lawyer, the current laws in Bangladesh are not modernized enough to deal with the problem. “There isn’t an exact law against fixing in this country. I don’t think that section 420 and 406 can be interpreted in that way that many lawyers are doing it in the case of Ashraful. The nature of crime is changing and we require newer laws,” said barrister Mahbub Shafique.

High-ups in the BCB also fear a fan backlash, where a member of the public could file a lawsuit against Ashraful. But, as Rahman had stated, if the BCB acts on it appropriately, there will be little room to build a criminal case against the former Bangladesh captain.

Source: Espncricinfo

Dec 222012

Wellington, Dec 22: Bangladesh have confirmed they will tour Pakistan next month for a short two-match series, becoming the first team to visit the country since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan squad in 2009, an official said Saturday.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had announced the team’s intention to tour, reports AFP.

“We were in constant touch with the BCB officials and they have conveyed to us that the tour is confirmed,”Ashraf told AFP.

“They have also got approval from their board members and we are in touch for the schedule.”

Foreign teams have shunned playing in Pakistan since gunmen opened fire on a convoy in Lahore, killing eight people and leaving seven Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach injured.

The attack pushed Pakistan into a cricket exile as the national team was forced to play their home series at neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and England.

Ashraf said the best security arrangements will be put in place for the Bangladesh team.

“We will soon co-ordinate with the provincial governments and put in place the best arrangements for the tour and I am pretty confident that the tour will take place in the best possible manner and pave (the) way for more teams to come,” said Ashraf.

Bangladesh earlier this week said they will play a Twenty20 and a one-day on January 12 and 13 respectively, both in Lahore.

The team had agreed to tour Pakistan in April this year but the event was blocked by Dhaka high court.

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Dec 172012

Dhaka, Dec 17: Bangladesh have agreed in principle to tour Pakistan and become the first team to play international cricket there since an attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus nearly four years ago, officials said Monday.

Pakistan have had to play their ‘home’ matches in venues ranging from Dubai to London ever since gunmen shot dead eight people and wounded seven Sri Lankan players in an audacious attack near the stadium in Lahore in March 2009.

But their exile status now looks set to end as early as January 12 after the Bangladeshi board (BCB) said it would take up an invitation to play two games in Lahore, as long as there were no last-minute objections on security grounds.

“We have in principle agreed to tour Pakistan. It’s a commitment made by former BCB president Mustafa Kamal. We are keeping his word,” Enayet Husain Siraj, the board’s head of cricket operations, told AFP.

“The tour is subject to security clearance,” he added.

Bangladesh had also accepted an invitation to tour Pakistan last April for a short limited-over series but the Dhaka High Court blocked the tour on security grounds.

Officials have said they see no judicial bar this time.

Jalal Yunus, a spokesman for the BCB, said the board on Sunday night received a security plan from their counterparts in Pakistan, which would be discussed before signing off on the tour.

“We’ll sit with our stakeholders including players and concerned government officials very soon,” he told AFP.

Yunus said Pakistan had proposed two matches to take place in Lahore from January 12-13, one of which would be a 50-over international game and the other a Twenty20 contest.

Pakistani cricketers are hugely popular in Bangladesh and 20 of them — including stars such as big-hitting Shahid Afridi and the spinner Saeed Ajmal — played in the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) last year.

The second edition of the BPL is due to begin next month, days after the Pakistan tour.

But according to a Monday report by the cricket website, ESPNcricinfo, Pakistan will only give its cricketers clearance to play in the tournament if Bangladesh goes ahead with the tour.

A Pakistani board official told the website that the “onus is on Bangladesh now”, insisting that “we are committed to give them the best security”.

In October Pakistan successfully hosted two Twenty20 exhibition matches involving a group of largely retired stars from South Africa, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Pakistan are due to play two Twenty20 games in India later this month and three 50-over matches in the first series between the two neighbours in five years.

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Sep 152012

The worldwide media rights of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) remain at its tables after a third deadline went by on Friday without an offer being deemed good enough, either due to paperwork issues or the amount of money being offered. Sporty Solutionz’s bid of $15 million was considered “non-responsive” after they failed to provide a bank guarantee. The board will now ask Virgo Media Limited, who made an offer of $6 million and is the only other bidder, to match Sporty Solutionz.

“We have declared Sporty Solutionz’s bid as non-responsive after they couldn’t provide a bank guarantee,” BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said at the end of the board’s emergency meeting. “The only other bidder was Virgo Media who offered $6 million. The board has decided to send them a letter [asking them] to match $15 million. Otherwise we will discuss, with our lawyers, the possibility of a re-tender.”

What was expected by many in the BCB, including president AHM Mustafa Kamal, to be completed by at least Friday could now take months. The BCB floated the tender for a TV deal from November 1, 2012, to April 30, 2016, after a committee headed by vice-president Ahmed Sajjadul Alam prepared a guideline for the new TV deal. A last date for buying bid papers was set for August 31, but since only two companies showed interest, the deadline was first extended to September 12 and then September 14, and amendments were made to the initial clauses in the tender. But it still drew only two consortiums – Sporty Solutionz and Virgo Media Limited.

The prerequisites for prospective bidders were modified for the broadcasting and media rights; after it was understood by the BCB that companies with less experience wanted to apply, the new requirement stipulated a tender to be acceptable only if either the marketing agent or the broadcaster had five years’ experience in the related field. Earlier all three components of the media rights – production, broadcasting and marketing – were required to have five years of experience in cricket coverage.

BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal had said on September 4 that a bank guarantee would also be paramount to the deal. “There will be an insurance cover put in place as well. At the time of the offer, they have to pay $2.5 million as security money in the form of bank guarantee, bank draft, etc,” he had said. “We will take this for a few days. A week after we give them a letter of intent, they have to pay the first year’s payment in cash.”

By Mohammad Isam; Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo

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Sep 152012

Bangladesh registered a comfortable five-wicket victory against Zimbabwe, achieving the target of 135 with ten balls to spare. Led by opener Mohammad Ashraful’s 38, the chase was structured around two big partnerships of 52 and 50.

Wining the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim send Zimbabwe to bat and packed them for 134 runs in the stipulated 20 over at Colts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo of Sri Lanka. Bangladesh reached their target with 10 balls to spare as opener Mohammad Ashraful scored 38 and Shakib Al Hasan 28.

There was a hiccup when Bangladesh lost three wickets for five runs to slip to 85 for 5, but Mahmudullah and Ziaur Rahman saw them through. Three Zimbabwe bowlers – seamer Brian Vitori, offspinner Prosper Utseya and left-arm spinner Ray Price – proved expensive, going for 10, 13.50 and 9.25 runs per over.

V Sibanda 40 and BRM Taylor 21 were the main scorers for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe were slow after they got sent in. Vusi Sibanda was their top scorer, with 40 off 47 balls, and they didn’t lose too many wickets in a heap due to steady partnerships for the first four wickets. However, their innings lacked acceleration until at the death, when they were struggling at 106 for 5 with less than two overs to go.

Elton Chigumbura and Craig Ervine scored 27 runs in nine deliveries before Ervine was dismissed off the penultimate delivery. Their 134 proved to be too little.

Bangladeshi bowler Abdur Razzak captured two wickets. Ashraful smashed three sixes and two fours in his 25-ball knock while Shakib’s 17-ball innings contained five boundaries and Ziaur’s 26 off 20 contained three sixes.

Bangladesh are in Group D of the preliminary league with New Zealand and Pakistan. They will play their next warm-up match against Ireland on September 17. Tigers will open their T20 campaign taking on New Zealand on September 21.

In another match, Pacer Irfan Pathan claimed five-wicket haul as India beat host Sri Lanka by 26 runs in their opening warm-up match at P Sara Oval in Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Chasing a target of 147 runs, Sri Lankans were bowled out for 120 runs with three balls still left in the second innings.

Meanwhile, Australia bowled New Zealand out for 83 to win their first World Twenty20 warm-up in Colombo by 56 runs. New Zealand’s chase was constantly punctured by wickets and only three batsmen managed to score in double figures. The rot started at the beginning of the innings, when three wickets had fallen for eight runs by the third over. The only resistance came during a 31-run stand for the fourth wicket between captain Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. At 59 for 7, when the last specialist batsman Williamson was dismissed by Brad Hogg, the contest was over. Hogg took the wickets of Williamson, Taylor and James Franklin, and Shane Watson also bowled economically, taking 2 for 7 in three overs.

Unlike the bowlers, Australia’s batsman had not put in a convincing performance. Their openers, David Warner and Shane Watson were dismissed in the 20s and the middle order slumped, leaving Australia on 71 for 5.

Glenn Maxwell, who had performed well against Pakistan in the UAE, added 46 runs with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade to lead the recovery. Wade and Daniel Christian scored 21 off the last nine deliveries of the innings to set New Zealand 139, which proved far too many.

A solid batting performance by Afghanistan helped them defeat Sri Lanka A by 51 runs in Colombo. Their innings was built around a 109-run partnership off 58 balls between opener Mohammad Shahzad and Asghar Stanikzai, which nullified the advantage Sri Lanka A had gained by taking two wickets in the first over without a run on the board.

Both Shahzad and Stanikzai, however, were dismissed in the 11th over for 48 and 50 respectively. Mohammad Nabi then scored 51 off 24 balls with five sixes, as he had stands of 30 and 56 with Shafiqullah and Gulbodin Naib to help his team cross the 200-run mark.

Seamer Nuwan Pradeep, who gave Sri Lanka A a positive start with two wickets in the first over, proved expensive, going for 10.75 runs per over. Their best bowler was legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi, who took 3 for 16 in his four overs.

Sri Lanka A began the chase of 209 well, their openers put on 30 off 22 balls before Shehan Jayasuriya fell to Mohammad Nabi. From 50 for 1, they lost three wickets for seven runs, which included two batsmen stumped off legspinner Samiullah Shenwari. Sri Lanka A lost wickets regularly thereafter and only Kosala Kulasekara stuck around to give them some hope, scored 63 off 38 balls. Kulasekara’s wicket in the 17th over signaled the end of the contest. Daulat Zadran took 3 for 22 while all four other bowlers also took wickets.

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Sep 142012

News - Poor chase costs BD eves 16-run defeat & a 2-1 series-loss to S AfricaDhaka, Sept 14:–Bangladesh women cricket team conceded a 16-run defeat to South Africa following a poor run chase in the last and deciding match of the 3-match T20 series at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday, reports UNB.

Defensive mindset in chasing 86 runs in the stipulated 20 overs by the home side right from the beginning apparently handed the match to the visiting Proteas as 19 runs were needed off the last over.

After winning the toss, Bangladesh women decided to ball first in a condition ideally suited for the spinners as the pitch curator stated before the start of the match.

The home side exploited the pitch condition very well until halfway through the South African innings that saw a brave hard-hitting innings by skipper Mignon Du Preez who scored a 42-ball 50 runs with seven fours before falling to off-spinner Ayesha Akhtar.

Earlier, pacer Lily Rani gave the home side a good start by knocking off the two openers cheaply in a three-over spell for 18 runs. Last match-winner Susan Benade also fell early to spinner Rumana Ahmed with team 31 for 3 in 6.2 overs.

Three-down Marizanne Kapp then joined skipper Du Preez and shared a 44-run fourth-wicket stand. Marizanne made 21 off 24 balls with a four before getting bowled by Ayesha in the 15th over with team total at 75 for 4.

South African batters in the last five overs could not stand the spin attack as they could add only 10 runs before getting bowled out in the 20th over.

Ayesha Akhtar remained the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 4 runs in 3 overs while off-spinner Khadija Tul Kubra claimed three wickets towards the end for 14 runs in 3.5 overs.

In reply, Bangladesh women were never in the hunt as they struggled continuously to score runs. At one stage, they were 20 for 2 in 9 overs. One-down Farzana Haque hit a few big shots for a recovery but saw captain Salma Khatun, who played crucial roles in the last matches, depart for 7 runs off 12 balls.

Farzana scored 23 runs off 31 balls with a four and a six and got out on 56 in the 16th over when the asking rate was almost 8 an over. The remaining batters could not click as the situation demanded. Eventually, Bangladesh run-chase ended at 69 for 7 in 20 overs.

Leg-spiner Dane Van Niekerk bowled impressively to finish with 4-0-9-2 while pacer Shabnim Ismail (4-1-4-1) and Marizanne Kapp (4-1-6-1) even turned out better figures.

Skipper M Du Preez was named player of the match.

Bangladesh women earlier beat the visiting Proteas in the first T20 by 7 wickets before they conceded a 6-wicket defeat in a last-ball finish in the second T20 after coming agonisingly close to winning their first-ever T20 series.

After gaining the ICC ODI status last year, Bangladesh women cricket team played only two T20 internationals in Ireland while the Proteas had twenty-one T20s under their belt before clashing with Bangladesh in the Walton Mobile three-match Women’s T20 series.

According to a BCB press release issued earlier, South Africa women team is expected to fly for Sri Lanka on Sept 21 to take part in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20.

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Sep 072012

Bangladesh women win by two wickets against South AfricaDhaka: Sep 7, 2012: The South African women’s cricket team suffered a two-wicket defeat at the hands of hosts Bangladesh in the first One-day International (ODI) of the three-match series at Dhaka, reports IANS.

Batting first, South African women set a target of 75 runs in 34.4 overs Thursday. Skipper M. du Preez was the highest scorer from the South African side with 24 runs. Bangladesh chased down the target in 37.3 overs with two wickets in hand. Lata Mondal was the top scorer with 31 runs from Bangladesh, Xinhua reports.

Bangladesh’s Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed took three wickets each. S. Loubser took three wickets while S. Ismail and M. Kapp grabbed two each for the South African team.

Both teams are set to meet again for the second match Friday at the same venue. The third and final ODI is scheduled for Sunday.

South Africa arrived in Dhaka Sep 4 to play three ODIS and as many T20 Internationals against their Bangladesh counterparts as part of their preparation for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this month.

South Africa are placed in Group B with Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the West Indies in the World T20 to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from Sept 26-Oct 7. India are in Group A with Australia, England and Pakistan.

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Sep 042012

Shariful-Haque.jpgDHAKA Sept 04: Former international player Shariful Haque has been found guilty of spot-fixing and banned from cricket indefinitely, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Tuesday, reports Reuters.

“The allegation made against the player has been substantiated,” BCB president Mustafa Kamal told a news conference.

“We have decided to ban him from all cricketing activities until further notice. We will keep watching him and only if we are satisfied will his ban be lifted.”

A BCB inquiry had looked into an allegation by former test captain Mashrafe Mortaza that he was approached by off-spinner Haque about spot-fixing before the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 Tournament in February.

Mortaza said he was told he would be paid 15 to 20 percent of the earnings from spot betting, in return for providing information about whether he would play in certain matches and even whether he would be wearing sunglasses.

Haque, who denied wrongdoing, played one one-day international against India in 1998 and is the first cricketer in Bangladesh to be punished for match-fixing.

He was part of the Bangladesh squad in the 1994 International Cricket Council (ICC) Trophy in Kenya and played three first-class matches.

Haque said he would fight to prove he was innocent.

“Allah is above us and I can swear on him that I have done nothing wrong,” he told Reuters. “I am confident that I will be able to prove my innocence.”

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Aug 212012

News - Shakib returns as No. 1 all-rounder in test cricketDhaka, Aug 21 – Bangladeshi all-rounder and former national captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ranked No. 1 all-rounder (Test cricket) in the Reliance ICC Test Championship All-Rounder Rankings, reports UNB.

Shakib Al Hasan with a rating of 404 preceded his competitor and one of the greatest all-rounders of all time Jacques Kallis who previously topped the list and has the ratings of 390 now.

The left handed batsman cum left arm spin bowler Shakib played his last test match back in 2011 December against Pakistan.

Shakib, is also ranked the 1st in top 10 ODI all-rounders, and ranked 8th in top 10 T20 all-rounders in the Reliance ICC player rankings.

He has been nominated for the LG ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Award 2012 to be adjudged based on individual performance of the players from August 4, 2011 to August 6, 2012.

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