Auckland easily beats Bangladesh

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Auckland cricket side has beaten Bangladesh by seven wickets in a one day game in Auckland.

The tourists were bowled out for 242 in the 48th over and Auckland reached the wining target with four overs to spare.

On Sunday Bangladesh will play a Twenty/20 game against a New Zealand Eleven in a World Vision Cyclone Relief match in Hamilton

Auckland 243 for 3 (Jones 85*, Guptill 59) beat Bangladeshis 242 (Tamim 104) by seven wickets

3 SL greats agree to play

The Bangladesh Cricket Board’s plan to assemble the Asian greats in Dhaka for a charity match to help the Sidr victims gained momentum when at least three former Sri Lankan cricketers confirmed their participation, said an official on Wednesday.
‘Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva and Romesh Kaluwitharana have confirmed that they will be coming to play in the match,’ said an official, closely working to host the match in January.
The BCB has entrusted event management company Riz Events to hold the match between Asian legends and former Bangladeshi cricketers and the official said they have made significant progress.
Initially, the match was planned to take place on December 28 at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, but for obvious reasons it has been shifted to January 11. The new date could also be changed subject to availability of the former greats.
‘Some of the greats we have invited will be in the commentary box during the upcoming Test series between India and Australia and thus it will become very difficult to get them for the match. However, there is a gap from January 6 to 16 in the series, so we hope at least a few people will come,’ said the official asking not to be name.
‘Among the Indians Dilip Vengsarkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Sandeep Patil have been invited, but none have confirmed their participation. Gavaskar has already regretted and the others have promised to inform us of their availability shortly,’ said the official.
‘From Pakistan Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Javed Miandad, Mudassar Nazar and Shoaib Mohammad have been invited for the match,’ said the official hoping that they will be able to give details of the match to the media on December 26.
Meanwhile, the ICC has regretted to host any charity match for the Sidr victims with the current international players, but said it would donate $2.5 lakh to the relief fund of chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed.
An ICC official is expected to hand over the money to the Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful in Hamilton on Sunday, when the Tigers will play a charity Twenty20 match against Stephen Fleming-led New Zealand XI.

U-19s clinch series

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Shubhashis Roy’s devastating bowling enabled Bangladesh U-19 team to clinch the one-day series 3-1 against the Sri Lanka U-19 side as the hosts beat the visitors by 49 runs in the 4th one-dayer at the Narayanganj Osmani Stadium on Monday.
Shubhashis’ five-wicket haul for 24 runs in 10 overs helped bundle Sri Lanka out for 118 in 36.5 overs after the hosts posted a moderate 167 for all in 48 overs. Shubhashis was adjudged man of the match for his bowling heroics.
For Bangladesh, top-order Nasir Hossain top-scored with 46 runs off 69 balls that featured eight fours while middle-order Marshal Ayub remained unbeaten on 42. Nadimuddin contributed 41 off 55 balls with six boundaries.
NM Kavikara took three wickets for 22 runs while Rajapaksha claimed two wickets for 27 runs.
Opener Dilshan Munaweera scored 40 off 29 balls hitting seven boundaries and his partner Dinesh Lokuge added 25.
Nasir Hossain, skipper Sohrawardy Shuvo and pacer Dollar Mahmud took one wicket apiece.
Both sides will face off in the 5th and last one-day match on Wednesday at the same venue.

Sajidul replaces injured Rasel

Uncapped left-arm pacer Sajidul Islam was called up to replace injured pacer Syed Rasel in the Bangladesh squad in New Zealand, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Monday.
Rasel has been ruled out of the tour games after dislocating his left collar bone while fielding in the warm-up match against Northern Knights, which Bangladesh lost by seven wickets in Hamilton.
‘The decision was unanimous. It did not require a long discussion to name Sajidul as a replacement of Rasel. He is very much similar to Rasel and also has been in a very good form,’ said chief selector Rafiqul Alam.
Sajidul, the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing National Cricket League with 36 wickets in eight matches, will fly to New Zealand on Tuesday. He will be accompanied by selector Naimur Rahman.
Rasel on the other hand will most likely fly to Australia from New Zealand for a surgery, said chief selector Rafqul, though the BCB has yet to confirm the extent of his injury officially.
‘Rasel was examined by an orthopaedic surgeon in Hamilton today (Monday) and the specialist’s report is expected tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. He will undergo further investigation and treatment before a final assessment on his injury condition is made,’ said, the official website of the BCB.
Bangladesh will play their second warm-up game of the tour today, this time against the State Northern Knights at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Being handicapped by the injury to Rasel, Bangladesh have been forced to bring changes for the match, the website reported.
Besides Rasel, who is unlikely to return to action soon, batsman Tushar Imran will also sit out the game with a sore left shoulder, though his injury is not that much serious. Tushar, whose left arm is on a sling at the moment, is expected to be fit ahead of the Twenty20 match against New Zealand on December 23.
The Tigers, who will again field 12 players in the warm-up game, might also rest pace spearhead Mashrafee bin Murtaza. It means, Javed Omar, Mehrab Hossain Junior and Shahadat Hossain, who all missed the first warm-up match, will have their chances to play the game.
Bangladesh play the first of three one-dayers against the Kiwis on Dec 26. They will also play two Tests next month.

Bangladesh U/19 won the third match

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Another win for Bangladesh under 19..Now they are leading the series 2-1


BD U-19 Vs SL U-19
BD U-19 203/10 Over -49.3; Nadimuddin 66, Nasiruddin 41, Ashraful 26, Marshall 24; Pathirana 4/43

SL U-19 159/10 Over -45.3; Zenith 47, Priris 29, Pathirana 28; Dollar 3/24, Nasiruddin 2/9, Shakib 2/38

Bangladesh Under-19 won by 44 runs (Venue-SCS; Toss-BD U19; MOM-Nasiruddin; Date-15 December 2007)

SL U-19s level series

The visiting Sri Lankan Under-19 team levelled the five-match limited-overs series 1-1 when they defeated their local counterparts at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra on Friday.
Batting first, the visitors were all out for 165 in 48.5 overs with Rubel Hossain and Mahmudual Hasan taking three wickets apiece for the Bangladesh U-19s, who later were dismissed for 151.
Marshal Ayub fought alone with the Lankan bowlers with a brisk 90, but the other batsmen failed to give him adequate support. Sri Lanka’s Fernando and Pathirana each bagged four wickets giving away 20 and 25 runs respectively. The third match of the series will be held today at the same venue.

Bangladesh Started Net Practice

Getting used to a sleeping routine is the first adjustment the Bangladesh team has to make here. Hamilton is seven hours ahead of Dhaka and by the time the eyes start getting dozy all of a sudden you realise that it’s time to train.
The Tigers practised in two groups on Friday. The first group of players left their hotel by the Waikato River for Seddon Park at 9:20am local time (2:20am BST) while the second followed an hour and a half later and most of them spoke of some degree of difficulty getting a decent sleep the night before. But training can’t wait and there were three separate nets, one with the new Bola bowling machine the Tigers have carried to New Zealand, at Seddon Park’s practice area ready for the batsmen. Also there were local net bowlers some of whom may feature in the Northern Districts team that will play two practice games on Sunday and Tuesday against the tourists.
‘The practice wickets are good. They are a bit on the slower side but have even bounce,’ said Aftab Ahmed after his first hit in the nets.
‘I pulled a lot of deliveries today and it felt pretty good because the timing was there and balls were hitting the right areas of the bat. If the centre wickets are similar in character then we should not have too many problems adjusting,’ said all-rounder Sakib al Hasan who also found a bit of turn while bowling his left-arm spinners.
The pacers too enjoyed the natural zip when balls pitched on a length. There was also fielding drill side by side with the nets and after lunch the day’s programme rounded off with a gym session.
The weather in Hamilton has been warm lately, unlike the southern parts of the country and the skies are expected to stay clear over the weekend which means Bangladesh’s first warm-up game on Sunday is not under any direct threat from elements.
Today the team will train at Seddon Park from 1:55pm and later in the afternoon the team for the practice match is expected to be named.

Siddons sees improvement

Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Tigers played another practice match yesterday under simulated conditions for their coming tour to New Zealand a session in which the new national coach found slight improvements of his charges.

"Of course they are still not perfect but there have been some improvements in the batting from the first match. Our main objective is to see the batsmen not getting out and batting for as long as possible in the middle," said Jamie Siddons, who has preached a slogan of 'improvement everyday'.

The Australian sounded positive after working with his new charges for the last few days as the batsmen apparently looked better in comparison with the first game despite the pace bowlers lively performance with the ball.

Leading paceman and vice-captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza however missed the opportunity to bowl in the second game as he was rested due to a breathing problem.

After a day's break the Tigers will have their last session at home tomorrow.

The 15-member one-day side led by ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful will fly for New Zealand on December 12.

The Bangladesh team will play three limited-over warm-up games and a charity Twenty20 match before involving in a three-match one-day series. Ashraful's men will play two Tests in January next year.