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Sunday, July 13, 2003
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SPORTS CORRESPONDENT, CHITTAGONG, The Independent
July 12: Formidable Abahani Limited came from behind to share points with Bangladesh Army in the Nitol Tata National Football League today at the MA Aziz Stadium.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The two teams also locked to a goalless draw in the last year's National League in Rajshahi.
Hardly before the rival teams' players could settle in their respective positions, Army took a sudden lead through Ripon Biswas. Ripon receiving a right side cross and bemused Abahani custodian Tito with an angular drive.
Abahani took much time to settle in the game with their forwards finding it tough time to beat the tough Army defence line.
Abahani's midfielder Iqbal first came close to equaliser the margin in 12th minute when he leapt brilliantly to nod on a Liton free-kick. But with equal brilliance Army custodian Mamun foiled it.
Abahani kept up the pressure with Army falling back to defend their territory.
Abahani players looked to be not satisfied with a referee decision when the whistleman awarded them a corner instead of a penalty as demanded by Abahani.
Another Abahani attempt went in vain as an Iqbal well timed free-kick just sailed over the Army post in the 18t minute.
Abahani's Liberian striker Arkadia MU Toe and local striker Khokan spoiled two possible scoring opportunities in a span of two minutes with the entire Army defence crumbling. At 40 Babu shorted a possibility corner form left side. But it was not made an attack by strong defence of Army.
Eventually Saiful Islam Khokon rescued Abahani when he drew level five minutes into the second half after Pervez doing the spade work for him.Abahani went for all out attack in the closing minutes. Asad missed the easiest chance when he sent the ball straight to Army goalkeeper Mmaun from a one-to-one situation. In another occasion a Toe header entered the net, but the referee disallowed the goal owing to an off-side.
Abahani's last chance of earning full points was shattered when a Khokon close range shot hit against the cross piece and returned to play.
Ripon Biswas of Army was adjudged the man of the match and he received a cash award of Tk 5,000.
Later after the match, Abahani's manager Monem Munna slammed the government for "intentionally" blocked their foreign booters from reaching Bangladesh. He alleged that two Nigerian booters were denied visas by the Bangladesh embassy in Bangkok.
He further alleged that the referee deprived Abahani of two certain penalties and it may indicate that the authority did not want to see Abahani win a match.
Munna also said that the team did not get sufficient time to prepare the team.
Army manager Major M Nasirul Alam expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance. In particular he mentioned the names of Ripon and Asish for holding the mighty Abahani.
Abahani: Tito, Mintoo, Nazrul, Shuvra, Pradip (Jamal), Iqbal, Nayan, Pervez Babu (Bulbul), Liton, Khokon and Toe.
Army: Mamun, Kamal, Deedar, Kabir, Asish, Sony, Altaf, Shahid, Nasir, Tutul, Ripon.
Referee: Ibrahim Nesar
Arambagah KS vs Jhenaidah Mohammedan (4 pm)
SPORTS REPORTER, The Independent
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will make a policy to run the all activities of the BCB smoothly.
Chairman of the Cricket Committee and an advisor of the BCB Mahbub Anam said that they have reached to a decision to make specific plans to conduct their activities in a regulation way.
Anam informed that BCB was going to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) within three months. He said the CEO might be a foreigner who will be appointed for two years.
Besides a CEO, a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), a marketing manager and a media manager would also be recruited within three months.
He hinted that a new a four-member selection committee which included national coach Dav Whatmore would be announced soon. There was no selection committee following the resignation of chairman Aliul Islam and his two members Golam Nawsher Prince and Omar Khaed Rumi.
Former leading national cricketers would be included in the new committee. Press reports said that most likely former national captain Faruq Ahmed and former national all-rounder Athar Ali Khan would be invited to form the new committee.
Meanwhile, a three-member committee was formed to the start the renovation of the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to turn it as a cricket stadium.
Led by the chairman of the BCB cricket development committee, Arafat Rahman, BCB advisor Mahbub Anam and Shafiqur Rahman Munna are the members of the committee. It will submit a report to BCB within a week. The committee has already been identified the areas where the renovation work would be needed immediately.
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, which was constructed specially for football and athletics, was officially handed over to BCB for cricket. Chairman of the National Sports Council and the State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman handed over the document of Sher-e-Bangla Stadium formally at a function at NSC conference room on July 7.
AFP, DARWIN (AUSTRALIA), The Independent
July 12: Bangladesh needed a further 97 runs for victory over the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI after dominating the third day's play here on Saturday.
Earlier, the Northern Territory tail crumbled against the Bangladeshi bowling attack, the last three wickets falling for just one run.
The home side was bowled out for 136, setting Bangladesh 187 to win the four-day match. At stumps, the tourists had advanced to 90 for four, largely due to a fine knock of 44 from opener Javed Omar Gullu.
It would be an improbable victory for the Bangladeshis after they were rolled for 139 in their first turn at bat, conceding a 50-run lead to the Territory XI after the first innings.
Australian one-day spinner Nathan Hauritz was a significant casualty of the sustained Bangladeshi bowling attack on Saturday, badly bruising his finger on his right hand while facing young fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza.
He was eventually out for 13, caught by Al-Sahariar Rokon from the bowling of Mohammad Ashraful.
"I have got a busted finger and couldn't hold the ball," Hauritz said.
"I went off and got painkillers." Hauritz, who bowled a nine-over spell after being injured, will be assessed before taking the field on Sunday's final day. Hauritz, who played in Australia's one-day series against the West Indies in the Caribbean last April-May, was full of praise for the cricket minnows, predicting their first Test against world No.1 Australia starting here on July 18 could last the full five days.
"They've got all the shots and can handle the pace," he said.
"I think definitely they will last for five days if they play as well as what they can do.
"They will surprise a lot of people ... it will be good if they did because it's been a pretty tough road to international cricket." Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said he was happy with the team's effort, but disappointed they had lost four wickets before stumps.
"The bowling was a fantastic effort ... great ticker, great heart, great effort," he said. "The bowlers got us back into the game." Tapash Baisya was the best of the bowlers, taking 3-19.
NT Chief Minister's XI 1st innings: 189
Bangladesh 1st innings: 139
NT Chief Minister's XI 2nd innings:
I Redpath b Mortaza 0
N Berry b Monjurul 0
AN Williams b Tapash 24
M Clarke b Monjurul 1
K Vowles b Sujan 34
K Skewes c Pilot b Ashraful 13
N Hauritz c Rokon b Ashraful 13
D Treumer lbw b Rafique 17
A Dent not out 22
M Hatton lbw b Tapash 1
B Hatton lbw b Tapash 0
Total (all out, 59.4 overs) 136
DNB: A McAdam.
Fall of wickets:1-0, 2-0, 3-5, 4-63, 5-63, 6-88, 7-93, 8-135, 9-136, 10-136.
BOWLING O M R W
Monjurul 11 3 23 2
Mortaza 14 3 24 1
KM Sujan 12 2 30 1
Tapash 10.4 3 19 3
M Rafique 6 0 17 1
M Ashraful 6 1 21 2
Bangladeshis 2nd innings:
Hannan lbw b Dent 12
JO Gullu lbw b McAdam 44
HB Sumon st Treumer
b M Hatton 12
M Ashraful lbw b McAdam 11
KM Pilot not out 0
Extras (b 2, lb 5 , w 4) 11
Total (4 wickets, 45 overs) 90
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-62, 3-89, 4-90.
BOWLING O M R W
B Hatton 3 0 8 0
McAdam 7 4 10 2
Dent 5 1 15 1
Hauritz 9 4 14 0
Redpath 7 2 14 0
M Hatton 11 4 22 1
Clarke 3 3 0 0
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