Tigers fight for their lives

Mushfiqur’s 100th ODI today 
On the eve of today’s crucial second day-night one-day match, the pitch has become the centre of discussion following Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim’s disappointment over the surface of the first game which the home team lost by 40 runs.
The Tigers go into the second one-day match against West Indies today at the

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No respect in a loss

Bangladesh-West Indies 2nd ODI today
Thursday was exactly the sort of evening Bangladesh cricket had yearned for years.
Chasing a huge total, the Tigers fell 40 runs short making a respectable 250-plus score against the West Indies in the first ODI. Two batsmen got half-centuries; one sauntered and the other battled his way. The perennial underachiever made the opposition fast bowler look a few notches quicker while

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Splendid Simmons keeps Tigers at bay

Expectations got the better of the Tigers yesterday in the first one-dayer against the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. A defeat of 40 runs was a justifiable result as Bangladesh was erratic with the ball, slack in the field while ultimately the batsmen too flattered to deceive.
The energy and smartness of Tuesday’s Twenty20 win was missing even after Lendl Simmons

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Wicket’s faulty: Mushfiq

Smart cricket was found nowhere in Bangladesh’s approach as West Indies bounced back in the series with a comfortable 40-run victory in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
On a batting track, the home side’s bowling attack that included the slow bowlers, the main

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Smartness in all facets

In the end, it was a matter of choice.
With his side needing four runs from two balls, Mushfiqur Rahim was presented with a shorter length ball from Ravi Rampaul. He swung from the hips, a sort of swat-pull that landed over their dressing-room and bounced into the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Grandstand. In a similar situation two

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Mushfiq a captain’s dream

Scarcely had the ball sailed over the thirty-yard circle did Mushfiqur Rahim let out a war cry signalling victory, that too in his first match as captain of the Tigers. It all seemed to be slipping away just as it had in that heartbreaking third ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare in mid-August, when Mushfiq had battled his way to a brilliant hundred, only to find himself on the losing side after bringing the team painfully

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Captain clinches a cliffhanger

One can dream many things, no matter how big it is, but it’s not always that the dream comes true in real life. But it happens sometimes when someone like Mushfiqur Rahim appears bigger than his stature. When the Bogra-lad hit a length ball over the deep mid-wicket boundary, a memorable chapter was in Bangladesh cricket history was written on the lush green carpet of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday night.
Mushfiqur was so assured with the last shot that he didn’t wait for the ball

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Jurgensen named Tigers’ bowling coach

Australian Shane Jurgensen has been appointed as the new bowling coach of the Bangladesh cricket team on the recommendation of head coach Stuart Law, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Friday.
The 35-year-old Queenslander, a former bowling coach of New Zealand, is expected to arrive in Dhaka on Sunday, two days before the Tigers face West Indies in a Twenty20 Intentional at

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Sammy & Co come to town

The West Indies cricket team arrived in the capital last night to play a Twenty20 international, three ODIs and two Tests against the Tigers. The 19-member team touched down at the Shahjalal International Airport at 8:00pm for a month-long tour.
Darren Sammy’s men will however have none of the Trinidad & Tobago players as five members

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Greens trump Reds

The return of competitive Twenty20 cricket was welcomed yesterday by a large crowd who were treated to a late onslaught, but saw little from those Tigers who will take on West Indies in the same format next week.
Around 8,000 people turned up at the floodlit Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium expecting to find the usual Twenty20 nosh-up but all they got was a low-scoring encounter that had more airy swishes than

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More matches for Tigers

The Tigers will return to training today split into two groups — BCB Red and BCB Green — as they prepare for the two practice Twenty20 games this week.
The Mushfiqur Rahim-led BCB Red side will train from 9:00am while Shahriar Nafees’s BCB Green will be on from 2:00pm. The two sides will meet tomorrow evening to play a Twenty20

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Naeem, Kapali in T20 fold

Sunny only uncapped among 18
Naeem Islam and Alok Kapali earned recalls, while Elias Sunny was the only uncapped player to be picked when the national selectors named 18 players yesterday in the Tigers’ squad for the only Twenty20 and the three-match one-day series against the West Indies.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s media release stated that the first 14 in their list is the squad for

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Tamim-Imrul fury on final day

Reds coast to 7-wicket win
BCB Red’s batting muscle took them to a seven-wicket win yesterday in the four-day practice match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
After Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes laid into the BCB Green bowlers in a two-hour blitz, Shuvogoto Hom Chowdhury and Mushfiqur Rahim steered the 234-run chase in only 45.3 overs. BCB Green

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‘Staring to enjoy batting again’

Smarting from his demotion from the vice-captain’s role since September 5 when the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) suddenly sacked him and Shakib Al Hasan from the leadership positions, Tamim Iqbal finally turned the corner with a solid score yesterday.
Though he looked good during the BCB Cup, Tamim’s dismissal in the first innings of the

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Imrul, Shahadat shine in mixed day

Imrul Kayes scored a brilliant half century to save the blushes for Bangladesh Red as they scored 215–7 on the second day of the four-day match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday.
Imrul made 85 off 133 balls as Reds trailed by 66 runs at the end of the day after they had dismissed Greens for 281 in 105.1 overs. Greens added only 27 runs to their overnight total, resuming

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Naeem shows the way

Naeem Islam brought to notice his staying power on the opening day of the practice four-dayer between BCB Red and BCB Green yesterday.
The 24-year-old batted out virtually the entire day, remaining unbeaten on 95 runs. BCB Green were 254 for six at stumps after Shahriar Nafees had opted to bat first on a largely slow surface at

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Ashraful wary of Bishoo threat

Experienced Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful has rated Devendra Bishoo highly and said the young West Indies leg-spinner can be a big threat in the coming home series.
West Indies will arrive in Dhaka on October 4 to play a T20 international, three ODIs and two Tests during their 27-day stay

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Some performances go unnoticed

A tournament final provides opportunities for the lesser known players to make a name for themselves and at the same time, grasp the nuances of performing on the big stage.           
The BCB Cup final on Wednesday was an ideal setting for those on the periphery but while most let it slip by, some grabbed it with both hands — though one of those remained mostly

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Tigers have own issues to focus on, says Law

Bangladesh coach Stuart Law heaved sigh of relief as the West Indies are coming without devastating batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo but said they have their own business to do instead of focusing on their opponents.
‘It is obviously good for us that Gayle is not coming,’ Law told New Age on Friday.  ‘He is a

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An opportunity missed

Former national captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza reserved perhaps the biggest compliment for Mushfiqur Rahim. In an article published in the leading Bangla daily Prothom Alo yesterday, Mashrafe termed the new Bangladesh captain as honest, sincere and a very good team man. And if he can add his own performance on the field, the little wicketkeeper-batsman with all these facets certainly has a bright

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