‘More to choose from’

Chief selector Akram Khan observed that the performances in the just concluded BCB Cup opened up selection options for the upcoming home series against West Indies.
“I am not happy with the bowling performances but I must say, except two or three all the batsmen showed good signs during the competition. Some of them gave us food for thought regarding the

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Mushfique named captain finally

The Bangladesh Cricket Board appointed wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim the new national captain and all-rounder Mahmudullah his deputy for back-to-back home series against West Indies and Pakistan ending speculations that had been rife for weeks.
The decision was unanimous at a BCB meeting which spares very little time to make the

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Little Mushfiq relishes big challenge

Named Bangladesh captain; Riyad his deputy
“The whispers turned into reality today,” was the instant reaction from wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim as he talked to the Daily Star Sport immediately after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) declared the little man the Tigers’ new captain and all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad as his deputy on Tuesday.
Following the removal of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, there was no other choice for the

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Law hails BCB’s captaincy decision

Bangladesh coach Stuart Law hailed the decision of appointing wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim the new national captain and hoped that Mushfiqur would maintain professionalism to take the game forward in Bangladesh.
‘That’s good news for Mushfiq,’ Law told New Age in his instant reaction to the

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Preliminary squad for WI named

predictable 23-member preliminary squad was named yesterday for the upcoming West Indies series to be held next month.
Mushfiqur Rahim will have all the players who toured Zimbabwe at his disposal while a few who returned will appease the new skipper as he takes

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Mushy shines in rain

Mushfiqur Rahim’s late blitz was the only bright spot yesterday with heavy rain spoiling the BCB Cup game between the Tigers and the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
The sharp spell of rain early in the morning kept the players waiting till noon to start the game,

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‘Sacking outright is not right’

It was not Shakib (Al Hasan), rather Bangladesh cricket is the loser. The comment was made by none other than Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Enayet Hossain Siraj, who is also the chairman of cricket operations committee, while giving his reaction yesterday over the sacking of the national team captain and his deputy Tamim Iqbal

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Razzak joins race for captaincy

Experienced left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has emerged as a surprise contender for the captaincy job of the Bangladesh national cricket team, the Bangladesh Cricket Board officials confirmed on Saturday.
Until now the race for captaincy was limited to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Mahmudullah, with top-order batsman Shahriar Nafees distinctly third, but chief selector Akram Khan

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Injury scare for Tamim

Bangladesh suffered an injury scare ahead of their West Indies series when opener Tamim Iqbal complained of a stiff-neck after the practice of the national team at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.
Tamim also said that he has aggravated his previous groin injury that he carried on the Zimbabwe tour.
Due to the groin injury that he picked up when playing for county

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Nur to replace Sakib

Leg-spinner Nur Hossain is set to replace Sakib al Hasan in the Bangladesh team for the BCB Cup, chief selector Akram Khan said on Tuesday.
While Nur is certainly not Sakib’s natural successor in the national team, but bearing in mind the threat posed by West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, his inclusion in the side could aid

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‘Shakib was alright’

After the hurriedly taken decision of sacking Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal from the posts of captain and vice-captain, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been facing a dilemma in choosing their successors with the next home series against West Indies knocking at the door.
It’s now all but clear that the board has taken the decision whimsically, not only without

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What about BCB captain?

It has almost been a week since Manic Monday when Bangladesh Cricket Board directors gathered to depose the captain of the national team at an abnormally dizzying speed; a decision that has left the Tigers with a leadership vacuum.
The verdict, especially the manner in which it was taken, can be described as an act of Nero and

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Tamim has no resentment over his sacking by BCB

The most assured batsman for the national team, Tamim Iqbal, is not worried or unhappy about the decision of the Bangladesh Cricket Board for sacking him as the vice-captain of the national cricket team.  The problems were brewing among the skipper and the selection committee, coach and board, coach and players regarding various issues from a couple of months ago. After the disastrous

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Sakib’s sacking surprises Law

Bangladesh coach Stuart Law said he was surprised to see Sakib al Hasan being sacked as captain but hoped the decision would not hamper progress of the national team. Speaking to reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday after the first practice session of the Tigers ahead of the home series against West Indies, Law also defended his decision of requesting head of delegation

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A question of culpability

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) took a major decision at a time when all the focus was on magical Lionel Messi and Co.
It was a bolt from the blue when the game’s governing body on last Monday announced after the directors’ meeting that they removed Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal from their posts of

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Mahmudullah, Rahim set for captaincy battle

BCB names teams for Challenge Cup
The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Wednesday named the national squad for the upcoming
Challenge Cup one-day without appointing a captain.
Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, widely viewed as the frontrunner to succeed Sakib al Hasan as Tigers’ captain, is expected to lead the side in the tournament that will also feature the

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Sacked Sakib feels no regret

Deposed national cricket captain Sakib al Hasan said that he harboured mixed feelings about the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s decision to strip him of the captaincy on Monday.
The BCB sprang a huge surprise when they axed Sakib, vice captain Tamim Iqbal and manager Tanjeeb Ahsan Saad after their leadership failed to produce a satisfactory outcome in the just

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Inquest a possibility

Manzur Ahmed said yesterday that an evaluation on the state of cricket in the country will be undertaken.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO believes that only an honest appraisal that looks into every corner will bring stability in the national team as well as the game as a whole.
“I would like to see it in management terms and in this case it will be called an evaluation,” said

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