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Monday, October 27, 2003

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Brothers' Fed Cup test

Brothers Union will face their first test since their pre-season coup when the glamourous Gopibagh outfit take on Dipali Jubo Sangha in the opening match of the Federation Cup qualifiers at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Thursday.

Tibet, a popular brand of a cosmetic company, is the official title of the traditional football tournament. Brothers hogged the spotlight in the inter-club players' transfer this season by roping a galaxy of national stars. Although they have to go through the qualification because of their poor finish last year, they will be team to beat.

A total of 21 teams, split into two groups, are taking part in the knockout first phase. Top two finishers from each group will advance into the final round and join the four semifinalists of last year -- Mohammedan Sporting Club, Abahani Krira Chakra, Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and Dhanmondi Club.

Brothers have been pencilled in one group with Arambagh Krira Sangha, Bangladesh Army, Prantik Krira Chakra, Dipali Jubo Sangha, Wari Club, Bangladesh Police, Dhaka Wanderers, Farashganj SC and Victoria SC.

The other group comprises Sheikh Russell KC, BRTS SC, Bangladesh Under-20 team, Mahakhali Ekadash, Bangladesh Navy, Sadharan Bima KS, Badda Jagarani Sangsad, Agrani Bank, Bangladesh Air Force, Fakirerpool YMC and Rahmatganj MFS.

The first round matches will also be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

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Ashraful gets another chance

Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful has been called up for the BCB Development Squad that will play in a limited-overs practice match against England at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on November 5.

The teenage right-hander was ignored for the home series against Michael Vaughan's men after poor performances in Pakistan. Another discarded national opener Ehsanul Haq will lead the local selection, which also includes Test paceman Talha Jubair.

The selected players have been asked to report on November 1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 10 am.

BCB DEVELOPMENT SQUAD: Ehsanul Haq (captain), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Humayun Kabir, Dhiman Gosh (wicket-keeper), Nasiruddin Faruque, Kafi Khan, Ashiqur Rahman, Monjurul Islam Rana, Ali Arman, Nazmul Hossain, Safaq Al Jabir, Talha Jubair, Arif Hossain and Gazi Alamgir. Minhaj Ahmed Shafil (manager), Sarwar Imran (coach).

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