Tigers pull it back on Day Two

Shahriar Nafees’s late dismissal undid a dutiful rearguard action by Bangladesh on the second day in the only Test against Zimbabwe. After the bowlers had made the all-important turnaround early in the piece, the third wicket stand between Nafees and Mohammad Ashraful almost strengthened the Tigers’ position.
At the Harare Sports Club yesterday, the visitors were 107 for three at stumps with

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Tigers eager to be Test-ed

A day after their demoralising four-wicket loss in the only practice match, the Tigers were keen to find avenues that could swiftly take them away from their plight.
Chief among the problems faced is the belief among the batsmen after two rather poor efforts. In the first innings, the Tigers lasted 60.1 overs where most of the top-order found the uneven bounce at

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Tigers suffer shock defeat

Bangladesh’s preparations for the one-off Test match against Zimbabwe hit a snag after the Tigers succumbed to a four-wicket defeat in the three-day warm-up match against the Zimbabwe Board XI in Harare on Monday.
Defending a target of 223, Shafiul Islam and Nazmul Hossain picked up early wickets to reduce the

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Batting falters once again

Tigers’ 3-Day Warm-up Match
Batting falters once again
The Bangladesh batsmen are running out of time to prepare themselves for the one-off Test from August 4.
On the second day of the Tigers’ lone three-day practice match, Imrul Kayes, Junaed Siddiqui and Shahriar Nafees all fell within an hour after Zimbabwe XI were shot out for 113 in the first innings earlier on Sunday.
Mohammad Ashraful, after a confident 28, and Mushfiqur Rahim, the first-innings top-scorer, gave

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Mushfique saves Tigers blushes

A resilient knock of 64 by Mushfiqur Rahim gave some respectability to Bangladesh’s innings as they were all out for 188 in their first inning against Zimbabwe Board XI in Harare on Saturday.
Mushfique’s knock came after a familiar top-order batting collapse saw Bangladesh reeling at 35 for five after skipper Sakib al Hasan won the toss and elected to

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The longest journey

Shakib Al Hasan, clad in the Tigers’ new tracksuit, walked out of the team hotel yesterday morning and sat in the sun-drenched driveway. “So this was the cold everyone was talking about,” he said with a wry smile.
Some of the other members of the team followed the captain out to see the near-perfect weather conditions in the middle of the Zimbabwean

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Tigers’ travel hassle

The Bangladesh cricket team ran into some complications on their journey to Zimbabwe for a Test and five-ODI tour in Doha yesterday. After their long stopover in Doha the Tigers and the accompanying journalists were denied passage to Johannesburg because they were without South African transit visas, the possession of which is a new regulation for passengers passing through South Africa. The BCB were

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Tigers go to Zim today

The Tigers will depart for Zimbabwe this morning to play one Test and five one-day internationals.
Shakib Al Hasan’s men will open their campaign with a three-day warm-up match at Harare starting from July 30.
Bangladesh is going to play Test cricket after a fourteen-month break while Zimbabwe will mark their return to Test cricket after a five-year hiatus with the match against Bangladesh starting from August

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Tigers toil till the end

Tasamul Haque and Alauddin Babu nearly spoiled Tigers’ preparation for the Zimbabwe tour but their untimely dismissals gave the national side a narrow escape in their last practice match against GP-BCB National Cricket Academy yesterday.
The Mushfiqur Rahim-led side finally won the game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium by 40

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Law not impressed with batting

Bangladesh’s new coach Stuart Law has asked his batsmen not to repeat the mistakes they made during the second warm-up match against the GP-BCB Academy in order to avoid trouble in the upcoming one-off Test and one-day series against Zimbabwe.
Law, who watched the Tigers win the two-day match against the Academy team at the Sher-e-Bangla

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Tamim looks to make up for lost time

Bangladesh vice-captain Tamim Iqbal said on Saturday that it will take one or two more practice sessions for himself and skipper Sakib al Hasan to get up to the speed with the rest of the squad after missing a large part of the preparation camp for the tour of Zimbabwe.
Tamim was away in England playing for Nottinghamshire in the Friends Life Twenty-20 tournament

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Sakib clears the air, finally

Beleaguered Bangla-desh skipper Sakib al Hasan finally came to terms with the fact that he has played it wrong by publicly criticising the selectors and not seeking a leave   before skipping training.
Sakib cleared the smoke in a meeting with the selectors and Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Manzur Ahmed on Friday and said that the much scrutinised events which have unfolded

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Law starts work sans Sakib

New Bangladesh coach Stuart Law began his work with the Tigers on Sunday at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium without skipper Sakib al Hasan and his deputy Tamim Iqbal.
Tamim was given a week’s rest to nurse his groin injury, but the absence of Sakib came as a mystery as he did not inform the team management anything

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Who is right?

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan came down heavily on the Akram Khan-led selection panel for not taking his opinion over the selection of the team for Zimbabwe.
The all-rounder, who returned home from England on Sunday after playing county cricket, expressed his disappointment over the team selection while talking with the reporters at the

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Bangladesh call up uncapped Nasir for Zimbabwe tour

Uncapped batsmen Nasir Hossain and Shubhagata Hom found their places in the 15-member Bangladesh national cricket squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe featuring a Test and five one-day internationals.
The team was announced late on Friday after a meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board in Sylhet.
Roqibul Hasan, Alok Kapali and Sohrawardi Shuvo, who played against Australia in Bangladesh’s

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‘Technical committee creating pressure’

Former Bangladesh captain turned chief selector Akram Khan has voiced his concern over the so-called technical committee’s involvement in the selection procedure following the drama with the announcement of the national team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour.
Akram found no reason to share the views with the technical committee before the team

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Drama puts Tigers’ squad on hold

Chief selector Akram Khan is already facing a severe first spell as he prepared to name the Bangladesh team for the forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe.
After the 23-member skills training camp under Sarwar Imran ended yesterday, it was expected that the announcement of the squad will be made today with one new face, all-rounder

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