Final ticket prices go through the roof

The demand for tickets to the Asia Cup final between Bangladesh and India reached the ultimate height as hosts’ fans are not interested to settle with anything but being present at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. Although Bangladesh hosted numerous international matches in recent times, Bangladesh Cricket Board officials said that the demand

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Pak fan denies harassment

A Chicago-based Pakistani cricket fan Basheer Bozai denied that he was forced to wear Bangladeshi flag during Wednesday’s Bangladesh-Pakistan Asia Cup match in Mirpur.
Some photos of Bozai wearing Bangladeshi flag apparently being forced by the supporters of local member of parliament Elias Mollah went viral in social media on Friday.

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Chittagong Abahani appoint Slovakian Pavlik as coach

Chittagong Abahani, the port city Bangladesh Premier League outfit, have appointed Slovakian Jozev Pavlik their coach for the forthcoming season, said the club on Friday.
The cash-rich club have already formed a strong squad by luring in a group of national players from other clubs, also confirmed the inclusion of Moroccan midfielder Tarik El Janaby

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India warm up well for final

India warmed up for the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh with a crushing nine-wicket win over minnows UAE in their last league match in Dhaka on Thursday.
A disciplined Indian attack restricted UAE to a meagre 81-9 before they reached 82-1 in just 10.1 overs to complete the win, their fourth in as many matches in the tournament.

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Mahmudullah buries Pak ghost

Bangladesh’s batsman Mahmudullah was relieved to bury the ghost of Asia Cup final of 2012 against Pakistan as he successfully overcame a similar situation to rescue the Tigers on Wednesday.
Mahmudullah failed to collect nine runs from six balls against Pakistan during that final but played an important role with his unbeaten 22 runs to guide Bangladesh to the final

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Tigers learn Twenty20 finally!

Bangladesh have finally turned into a force in Twenty20 cricket after years of struggle in the format, observed chief selector Faruk Ahmed on Thursday. A good showdown in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament that took them through to the final was all that was necessary for the Tigers to get back the much required self-belief. Twenty20 never looked

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Sakib receives official reprimand

Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Sakib al Hasan received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s Asia Cup Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Mirpur on Wednesday, stated an ICC press release. On Thursday morning, Sakib admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel

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Tigers stun Paks to reach final

Bangladesh’s lower-order batsmen kept their cool under pressure to beat Pakistan by five wickets and qualify for the Asia Cup Twenty20 final in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Soumya Sarkar made highest 48 runs in as many balls as Bangladesh reached 131-5 in 19.1 over after restricting Pakistan to 129-7 at the packed Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

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We always believed we’d win, says Mashrafee

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza hailed their Wednesday’s five-wicket win over Pakistan as their biggest achievement in Twenty20 format and hoped it will give them a perfect boost for the ICC World Twenty20 in India. Mashrafee, who led the Tigers from the front with 12 crucial runs, said he always believed that Bangladesh would reach the final

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Pacers show the way again

Bangladeshi pace bowlers proved once again why they are considered a dominant force in world cricket today as they put up a commendable show against Pakistan on Wednesday despite missing their key member Mustafizur Rahman. The absence of Mustafizur was expected to be a big blow for the Tigers as he is considered to be the the most weapon in their pace battery.

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BFF suspends Mamumul, Zahid for one year

Two others banned for six months
The Bangladesh Football Federation on Wednesday suspended national captain Mamunul Islam and winger Zahid Hossain from the national side for a year for breaching the code of conduct.
The BFF’s national team committee also imposed a six-month ban on defender Yeasin Khan and midfielder Sohel Rana. The committee also decided to give warnings to

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The opening woes in Asia Cup

If Soumya Sarkar could hold the catch of Dinesh Chandimal at slip in the second ball of Sri Lankan innings it would have been five straight ducks for an opener in the Asia Cup.
Opening is a privilege in every format of cricket and it is more so in Twenty20 because batsmen get the opportunity to face maximum amount of deliveries.

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Sussex sign Mustafiz

English county team Sussex have signed Bangladesh left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman for this season’s NatWest T20 Blast competition, the club announced on Wednesday.
Mustafiz, 20, will become the first ever Bangladesh international to play for Sussex.
Mustafiz will be the third Bangladeshi player

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‘Taskin, Mustafiz better than Bumrah’

Former Pakistan fast bowler and current United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed feels Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed are better bowlers than Indian medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Speaking to reporters ahead of UAE’s today’s last Asia Cup match against India, Aaqib said Bumrah is someone, who will ‘find it difficult’ to play a decade

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