Enchantment at Bangabandhu

The Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) has a special place in the hearts of Bangladeshis, as it is where Bangladesh took its first tentative steps in top flight cricket. It had faded a bit when cricket was transferred to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in 2005, but all the passion came roaring back as the revamped venue hosted the opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup

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A saga of the favourites

Australia ruled the roost in the previous two editions of the World Cup.
The Aussies still hold the number one spot in ODI ranking but they are a far cry from the teams that participated in the 2007 and 2009 World Cup. India has emerged as a team to reckon with, but they still lack the knock-out punch. South Africa is yet to sustain big match pressure. Sri Lanka and

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Rickshaws bring them luck!

Hundreds performed in the gala opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, but fourteen, were simply exceptional for their roles in the show as they entered the field with 14 captains of participating nations on their rickshaws after the welcome song performed by singers Arnob, Mila, Balam, Elita, Hridoy Khan, Kona and Tipu

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Misbah, Shehzad tons help Pak pile big score

Dhaka: Opener Ahmed Shehzad and middle order Misbah-ul-Haque capitalised on Bangladesh’s wayward fielding to full effect as they guided Pakistan to an indomitable position in the warm-up match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Both of them ended up with tons after surviving from easy catches to help Pakistan recover from the shaky start. And later an explosive batting

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Tigers stuck, fans too kept waiting

When thousands of fans queued up for opening ceremony tickets across Dhaka and while Shoaib Akhtar was speaking his heart out in Sheraton, the big news was of the national cricketers being stranded in Chittagong yesterday. That the World Cup has truly arrived was further reaffirmed when the England cricket team arrived to play two warm-up games

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Not two, only one ticket!

Latent irregularities marked the first day of selling the World Cup’s opening ceremony tickets at various Dhaka Bank branches in the city yesterday.
According to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) a total of 9,700 tickets have been put on sale and the tickets are being sold through 10 branches of the

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England stand good chance

Captain Andrew Strauss believes England have a great chance of winning the World Cup even though his side are not among the perceived favourites of the tournament.
The Ashes holders arrived in Dhaka last afternoon and immediately after, Strauss said that it would be the co-hosts who would feel the weight of

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Beautification work progressing

Stage set for WCC
Beautification work progressing
The mega city of Dhaka is turning to a colourful city as the beautification works are going on in full swing while the zero hour to kick off the much-awaited ICC World Cup Cricket at Bangabandhu National Stadium is approaching.
Organisers have been expecting that the capital city of Dhaka would take a festive

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It all starts from here

Frenetic construction work is underway at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong as hundreds worked overtime to prepare the venue to host the first practice match in the lead-up to the World Cup between hosts Bangladesh and Canada today.
Bricks are being laid on the approach road to the stadium, even as a new coat of paint is

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The Tigers’ talisman

It was the third day of the first Test against a second-string West Indies side in St. Vincent in mid-2009. There had been some rain around, but the big story of the match was that Bangladesh had lost their new skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, during play the previous day.
Mashrafe, the team’s best bowler as well as their leader, had pulled up after bowling the third

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Looking forward to ICC World Cup 2011

The 10th ICC World Cup (2011), which is scheduled to kickstart on February 17 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka and to be held across Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, will witness 14 nations fighting for cricket’s most prestigious prize. The host countries – Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka – are now busy in giving a facelift to the tournament venues. But this mega event is especially

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Everything in place

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Everything in place
If there was any lingering sense of disbelief that a World Cup is actually going to be held on these shores, it must surely have been dispelled on Wednesday evening when the Canadian team became the first to arrive in Dhaka.
The North Americans were escorted to their team hotel from the Hazrat Shahjalal Airport

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Ctg ready to host WC

With the Tigers already in the city and Canada due to land this morning, the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong is ready to give Bangladesh’s World Cup mission a kick-start with the first official warm-up game on February 12.
A quick look into the ground on Thursday dispelled much of the concerns that had once

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Goals differ, dreams remain the same

There couldn’t be any starker contrast between two batsmen who have a similar game, are in the same team and have the big tournament temperament.
Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful have done batting look easy when on song but while the former sounds every bit confident as his bat flourishes, the latter is almost grateful for just being

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Razzak eyes top spot in bolwers’ ranking

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has set his sights on the number one spot of the ICC ranking for one-day bowlers and doing it in the forthcoming World Cup would be just an icing on the cake for him.
Razzak is not too far from realising his dream as he is currently ranked number three in the world.
A brilliant performance in Bangladesh’s last one-day series against Zimbabwe, in which

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Mahmudullah ready to make an impact

Mahmud-ullah promised to make an impact in the impending World Cup after the all-rounder had rediscovered his batting and bowling form and is confident to leave his recent bad patch in international cricket behind him.
After playing in every game of all formats since the tour of West Indies in 2009,

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Ashraful just one big innings away

Experienced batsman and former captain Mohammad Ashraful believes he is just one big innings away from returning to his blistering best during the forthcoming World Cup.
Ashraful was one of the key figures in Bangladesh’s successful campaign in the West Indies four years ago but with another World Cup looming, he is still uncertain about his chances of

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Shakib eyes quarterfinals

There is hardly any cricketer in this country equivalent of Shakib Al Hasan on the field and there is not a single man who can be as effervescent as he gets in front of the microphone.
In the first official press conference of the World Cup at Hotel Sheraton yesterday, the Bangladesh captain was typically breezy in his responses and though not as quirky as

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