Thursday, February 29, 2024

Akram dismisses feud among Tigers

Chief selector Akram Khan on Tuesday rubbished the reports that a bitter feud between skipper Sakib al Hasan and his predecessor Mohammad Ashraful had cost Bangladesh the Test and one-day series against Zimbabwe. Different reports suggested Sakib had a growing disliking for Ashraful, which created a sharp

Too much T20 spoils Sakib’s spin

Too much Twenty20 cricket has substantially reduced Sakib al Hasan’s ability to spin the ball, observed his former coach and mentor Mohammad Salauddin. Apart from the final one-dayer, Sakib was a shadow of his usual self with the ball in the recently-concluded Test and one-day series against Zimbabwe – something which many believe affected the ... Read more

Much to do on Tigers’ return

When all the practice matches against the Academy side were being cut short by rain and while Bangladesh Cricket Board were busy playing hide-and-seek with the media regarding the new national coach, hardly anyone had guessed such a turn of events at the end of August. Early on the morning of 24 August, the Bangladesh ... Read more

Tigers arrive too late

A few days too late and without a sway on the 3-2 series result, the biggest player on show was still able to bring in the largest crowd to the competition. Shakib Al Hasan’s forceful 79 lured a 9,000-strong crowd to the Queens Sports Club by lunchtime as it helped Bangladesh to make 253-6. But ... Read more

Law wants change of mindset

Stuart Law has called for changes in Bangladesh cricket, both on and off the field. The new coach of the Tigers who took over a week before the Zimbabwe tour commenced saw losses in the first five matches in charge before the two wins towards the end here at the Queens Sports Club that added ... Read more

Tigers aim to end on a high

Since last Friday when the Tigers lost the first one-dayer in Harare, the constant line from the Tigers, casually or officially, was of a win making all the difference. That win came three days late, after the series had been lost, though the mood has palpably changed since the six-wicket victory at the Queens Sports ... Read more

Tigers salvage some pride

A four-wicket haul from Rubel Hossain yesterday helped Bangladesh finally open their account, three weeks into their tour of Zimbabwe.The Tigers ran off with a 6-wicket win with 13.2 overs to spare in the fourth one-dayer at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.  Zimbabwe were earlier bowled out for 199 runs. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan ... Read more

Relief more than satisfaction

What went through the minds of Bangladesh’s top-order in the first three games of the series was confirmed to all yesterday. Aggressive intent and a gung-ho attitude, though expected, not only uncovered how relieved they felt in the fourth one-dayer (read Brian Vitori’s absence), but showed their defensive approach in the previous three

BCB to dig deep into Tigers debacle

Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan will be summoned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to give his account of the team’s debacle in the ongoing tour of Zimbabwe, said BCB officials on Wednesday. Bangladesh have failed to win a single match in the tour so far, succumbing to a 130-run defeat in the only Test match ... Read more

Mushfiq stepping in giant boots

By becoming the first wicketkeeper from Bangladesh to score a century in ODIs, Mushfiqur Rahim has taken a step towards exorcising a long-held spectre. The diminutive man from Bogra, who doggedly fought a lone battle in Tuesday’s five-run series-conceding loss at the Harare Sports Club, is slowly becoming an important cog for the

Tigers tamed despite Musfique heroics

Bangladesh’s wretched tour of Zimbabwe reached its exclamation point on Tuesday as the team crashed to a five-run defeat at the Harare Sports to surrender the five-match ODI series 3-0. The previously unthinkable prospect of a series whitewash now looms ominously over the horizon for Bangladesh amidst growing talks of a crisis which showed no ... Read more

Dropped catches cost us: Law

Stuart Law lamented the four dropped catches and untimely fall of wickets in Bangladesh’s 5-run loss yesterday which sealed a series win for Zimbabwe. The new Tigers coach, who praised Mushfiqur Rahim for the valiant century in the dark at the Harare Sports Club, was shocked to see the four

Furious Kamal seeks answers

Bangladesh Cricket Board president AHM Mustafa Kamal said on Tuesday that he had sent an email to coach Stuart Law asking for the reasons behind the team’s abysmal showings in Zimbabwe. Bangladesh have lost every match they played in so far in the tour to trigger talks of a crisis. The Tigers are now in ... Read more

Do or die for Bangladesh

The Tigers have a final chance to put one foot in the door as Zimbabwe look to close it by wrapping up the five-match one-day series today. The wreckage of the 2-0 margin is still being sifted as the Tigers have held a series of meetings at the team hotel yesterday. It was learned that ... Read more

Crisis-hit Tigers press panic button

Having been comprehensively outplayed in all of their last three outings including the Test match against Zimbabwe, Bangadesh must summon all their resources to overcome a crisis of form and to lift their confidence level to stay alive in the five-match series. The Tigers stare an embarrassing series defeat after losing their first two encounters ... Read more

Vitori, Sibanda tame Tigers

A destructive spell of 5-30 by debutant seamer Brian Vitori paved the way for a comfortable four-wicket win for Zimbabwe against Bangladesh in the opening game of the five-match one-day international series in Harare on Friday. Vitori, who became the first Zimbabwean bowler to pick up five wickets in an ODI on debut, helped

Law praises Zim approach

Zimbabwe’s discernible initial approach pushed the Tigers’ top-order batsmen on to the backfoot, said coach Stuart Law. The new Bangladesh coach who has ended up on the losing side in the first two competitive matches in charge believed that if the batsmen had chosen a different route, the result of the game could have been ... Read more

Vitori proves Tamim wrong

When Tamim Iqbal described Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori as an ‘ordinary’ bowler, it certainly raised more than a few eyebrows particularly since the Tigers found the debutant seamer noticeably hard to cope with during the first innings of the Test match between the sides. Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor in reply to Tamim’s comment said that the ... Read more