BCB boss struggles to explain Bangladesh’s World Cup failures

Published at : 03 July 2024, 09:00 am
BCB boss struggles to explain Bangladesh’s World Cup failures

Following Bangladesh's disappointing T20 World Cup campaign, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan met the media, struggling to explain the national team's failures. Initially saying the board was pleased with reaching the second round, he later admitted uncertainty about the team's poor performance.

His contradictory remarks underscored the board's own struggles to pinpoint the issues hindering the team and chart a path forward for Bangladesh cricket, reported UNB.

Bangladesh won three of seven matches, one against Sri Lanka and two against associate nations—Netherlands and Nepal. Despite a favorable chance to secure a semifinal spot with a win over Afghanistan, their failure sparked widespread criticism and questions about the team's direction.

In a chaotic press conference, Nazmul's statements wavered between defending and expressing disappointment in the team.

“The wickets against Australia and India were vastly different from those in New York and St. Vincent. It's tough to win against them on such pitches,” he offered, attempting to rationalize the team's poor showing.

“When we needed to defend, I saw them trying to hit. When we needed to hit, I saw them defending,” he remarked, criticizing the team's lack of strategy and execution.

Against Afghanistan, Bangladesh needed 116 runs in 12.1 overs to qualify for the semifinals with a better run rate than Afghanistan and Australia. The team fell short. Captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto later said they abandoned their effort to win within 12.1 overs after losing three quick wickets.

Nazmul's frustration was evident. “This is unacceptable. As long as I watched, it didn't seem like that. They tried while Tawhid Hridoy was there. Mahmudullah (Riyad) and Rishad (Hossain) also got out trying to hit sixes.”

While addressing questions, Nazmul admitted the board had yet to communicate with the players and coaching staff about the team's performance, saying he could have provided more insights had they done so.

Nazmul also addressed the harsh criticism of the players, often devolving into personal attacks, vowing that the board would not tolerate such behavior in the future.

“You want to ask questions, I won't stop you, and I won't ever not answer. Whether it's right or wrong, I've always told you what I think,” he affirmed. However, he stressed the need for boundaries, particularly when criticism becomes personal.

Mushfiqur to play for Fortune Barishal in BPL 2024

Published at : 24 September 2023, 03:42 pm
Mushfiqur to play for Fortune Barishal in BPL 2024

Bangladeshi wicketkeeper-batter Mushfiqur Rahim is set to feature for Fortune Barishal in the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).


Mushfiqur had played for Sylhet Strikers in the last edition. His price was fixed at 80 lakhs in the players' draft according to the category. Which means he was in 'A' category.

The top category player will play along with other star players like Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, and Khaled Ahmed in Fortune Barishal.

Neymar quits PSG to sign for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:06 pm
Neymar quits PSG to sign for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal

Neymar said he was relishing “new challenges and opportunities in new places” after he joined Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal from Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal Tuesday, becoming the latest big name lured to the oil-rich Gulf state.

The Brazil forward, 31, ends a six-year stay in the French capital and follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane in swapping Europe for the Middle East.

“I have achieved a lot in Europe and enjoyed special times, but I have always wanted to be a global player and test myself with new challenges and opportunities in new places,” Neymar said in a statement from the Saudi Pro League.

“I want to write new sporting history, and the Saudi Pro League has tremendous energy and quality players at the moment,” he added.

Neymar ‘in negotiations’ over Saudi move as Mbappe returns to PSG good books

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:05 pm
Neymar ‘in negotiations’ over Saudi move as Mbappe returns to PSG good books

Neymar was “in negotiations” on Sunday to become the latest football superstar to decamp for Saudi Arabia, leaving Paris Saint-Germain just as Kylian Mbappe was brought back in from the cold by the French champions.

A source close to PSG told AFP that 31-year-old Neymar “no longer figures in the club or manager’s plans” with the Brazilian immediately linked to Al-Hilal in the Gulf kingdom.

Another source in Saudi Arabia said that “direct negotiations” between Neymar’s agents and the Public Investment Fund (PIF) were ongoing.

PSG get better of Dortmund in Champions League opener

Published at : 20 September 2023, 05:03 pm
PSG get better of Dortmund in Champions League opener

Paris Saint-Germain got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start on Tuesday as a Kylian Mbappe penalty set them up for a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Parc des Princes.

The French champions had dominated the first half without overly troubling the Dortmund defence, but they went ahead four minutes after the break when Mbappe scored a spot-kick awarded for a Niklas Suele handball.

Achraf Hakimi added a memorable second, and PSG could have won the Group F encounter by a far more handsome margin in the end.

The result immediately puts them in control of the group, after AC Milan and Newcastle United drew 0-0 earlier, and coach Luis Enrique will hope they can build on this performance when they visit the English side next in a fortnight.

"It was an almost perfect evening," said Luis Enrique.