Inclement weather continued to
frustrate Bangladesh's preparation for the home series against New
Zealand for a second successive day at the Bangabandhu National
Coach Dav Whatmore's 21 probables
were forced to train in two groups as heavy morning rain meant only
brief nets could take place in the afternoon. And those who missed
out Monday's batting session took part while another ten cricketers
led by former national captain Khaled Mahmud were involved in
fielding practice at the nearby Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium.
There was however good news for
fans of Mashrafee-bin-Mortuza as the Narail quick bowled without any
trouble. Out of action for the better part of a year after
sustaining a career-threatening knee injury, the right-arm paceman
however started off cautiously.
He was not running at full pace but
all the signs indicated that he was nearing full fitness since
breaking down during last winter's home series against England.
Alok Kapali recalled to the side
after being excluded from the ICC Champions Trophy also had a good
workout with the bat under the watchful eyes of his coach.
The talented right-hander has been
going through a lean spell after his famous hattrick at Multan
against Pakistan last year. But the real problem was his
inconsistency with the bat despite his sound technique. He however
said that he was seriously trying to overcome those flaws.
"I think being dropped from
the team has given me a chance to think where I'm going wrong. The
problem I think is that I want to play too many shots before getting
set. Now I'm concentrating hard to stop playing rash strokes,"
said the player after training.
Kapali will be one of three players
hoping to make a comeback when Whatmore tries to bring sanity to his
fragile batting ahead of the two Tests and three one-dayers against
the Kiwis who arrive on October 8.
The first Test starts on October 19
and the Bangladesh coach will desperately want his captain Habibul
Bashar fit to bat.
Bashar is still unable to hold a
bat since returning from Australia where he underwent surgery on his
The country's leading run scorer in
Tests was present during training but only did some light exercises.
But the right-hander said that he was confident of resuming full
training from October 4.
However there is little chance for
Bashar to play in the only practice match, a three-day game, against
the tourists that starts on October 14.
Provided there is good weather then
the camp will start at 8.30 this morning.
Sunbeams emerged champions in the
girls' final of the AKTEL School Basketball Championship when they
scored a thrilling 20-19 victory over a spirited Maple Leaf at the
Dhanmondi Wooden-floor Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
The game went into the final minute
with the score at 17-19 but Sunbeams erupted into ecstasy when
Ashreen scored three points. Ashreen was also the top-scorer with 8
points while her teammate Raya slammed 7 and Zeenat added 5.
Earlier, BKSP won the boys crown
when they defeated St Gregory's by 83-74 points. The boys of
country's lone sports institute led the reputed old town school
37-32 at the breather. Setu led the BKSP charges with highest 27
points followed by Sumon and Shaon, who scored 15 points each.
St Gregory's Pankaj caged 27 and
Mowla added 23.
But the girls' final was an
absorbing affair with fortunes fluctuating from one end to the
At the start both teams began
nervously but it was Sunbeams who somehow managed to settle before
taking an important 10-6 point lead in the first half.
Maple Leaf started without their
key cager Mehjereen, who had a high fever, and could not take part
in the first half. However, she made an appearance in the second
half, which produced plenty of excitement even though her
contribution was little. Before the final, where she failed to score
a single point, Mehjereen had been a prolific scorer with an average
of 18 points per game.
Sunbeams relied on collective
effort to withstand a second half Maple Leaf pressure in a rather
low scoring final.
Rumpa and Farin with 6 points each
were the leading scorers for Maple Leaf.
The only solace for Maple Leaf was
that Mehjereen was declared player of the tournament despite her
final disappointment. Raja of Green Herald was named the best player
in the boys' event.
Minister for Science and
Information and Communication Technology Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan
witnessed the final as the chief guest and later gave away the
prizes among the winners.
Chairman of TM International
(Bangladesh) A M Zaheer Uddin Khan was present on the occasion as
special guest. The AKTEL supremo announced that they have decided to
sponsor the tournament for the next five years after being
encouraged by its success.
Champions Trophy. Englad 2004
A day for the heroes
Barbados Nation/BBC, undated
Hugs, high-fives and kisses were
directed at every turn, and work at the Grantley Adams International
Airport crawled to snail's pace as the men with the courage under
fire returned to a memorable heroes' welcome on Sunday afternoon.
Airport personnel, cricket
officials, family, friends and most of all Caribbean people of all
walks of life, seemed to line almost every vantage point from as
early as 2:30 p.m. just to get a glimpse of the British Airways
flight bringing in the triumphant West Indies team from England.
The International Cricket Council
Champions Trophy is the second biggest prize in world limited-overs
cricket and, as expected, there was an outpouring of emotion when St
Lucian Darren Sammy made his way down the steps at 3:16 p.m. with
the coveted golden award clutched in his hand.
Cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers,
Minister of Sport Reginald Farley and West Indies Cricket Board
president Teddy Griffith, all snazzily attired and beaming,
spearheaded a delegation waiting on the tarmac to greet captain
Brian Lara and his cricket warriors.
Sammy, the first St Lucian to play
international cricket, was followed by team manager Tony Howard,
coach Gus Logie, Lara, Ryan Hinds and Merv Dillon.
Each was cheered loudly, but the
biggest applause was reserved for Barbadians Ian David Russell
Bradshaw and Courtney Oswald Browne, who turned the final against
England on its head for the last time with their match-winning
ninth-wicket stand of 71 that sealed the deal for the West Indies.
Browne, who has seemingly revived
his international career with some tidy glovework and the batting
heroics in the final, got his first greeting, a kiss from his
girlfriend, Tricia, shook a few hands, and then had a hug from his
mum, Erla, and 12-year-old son, Alex.
When Lara finally got hold of the
trophy, he fittingly gave both Sir Garfield, a former West Indies
captain, and ex-West Indies vice-captain Desmond Haynes, a touch of
Many airport staff sought
autographs from Lara, Browne, Bradshaw, and new find 20-year-old
Dwayne Bravo, while one man, sports fan Charles "Disco"
Ifill brought a stormy poster that let everyone knew how he felt.
"Like Ivan you have blown
England away and stunned the cricketing world. Alas, you have
silenced the critics. Welcome Home, Champs!" the poster
At a Press conference called in
honour of the conquering heroes, Teddy Griffith hailed the captain
and his supporting cast for "a splendid victory" while
Minister Farley thanked Lara and his men "for breathing a new
breath of life into Caribbean people".
"If people were walking
Friday, they are running today. If people were sitting Friday, they
are jumping today," Farley added.
Team manager Tony Howard said he
never gave up.
"At 147 for eight, we were
just toying with England. I always knew we would do it," he
Howard revealed how a woman from
Grenada, where 37 people died as Ivan tore across the island, had
telephoned him on the eve of the final.
"She said 'my house has been
blown down but if you guys win for me tomorrow, it really doesn't
matter. I'd be the happiest woman in the world'.
"I expressed that to the team
and with one voice they indicated it would not be a problem,"
The championship could secure
Lara's position as skipper, which had been in doubt.
"I want to leave a legacy. I
want to leave a team that's going to take us where we belong,"
"We all lay in our beds very
comfortably while our people in the Caribbean were fighting for
"It was the catalyst for this
very young team, for what they achieved in England over the past
three weeks," said Lara.
He also spoke in glowing terms
about the contribution of the two who featured in a record 71-run
ninth-cket partnership to seal victory over England in Saturday's
"Ian Bradshaw is someone who
has brought so much to this team. He has brought energy, experience,
together with knowledge of cricket," Lara said. "His
performance since his arrival in West Indies cricket is
Of his longtime friend Browne, Lara
noted he had a 100 per cent record of being ready to train every
morning at seven.
"When he walked out to bat, it
was divine intervention. I said this guy can't train every possible
day and something can't happen for him," said Lara.
Another player, whom Lara said
possessed the right attributes and had "a bright future"
was dynamic 20-year-old all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.
Looking at Bravo he said:
"Your work ethic is one that everybody should follow. You play
the game the way in which it is supposed to be played and I hope you
Sachin relief for the Aussies
Australia will not encounter Sachin
Tendulkar on the field when they open their Indian tour with a
three-day match here from Thursday, but there will be no respite
from the master batsman off it.
Tendulkar, sidelined from active
cricket for almost two months with a tennis elbow, has agreed to
speak to his Mumbai teammates on Wednesday to pep them up for the
clash with the world champions at the Brabourne Stadium.
"Sachin has agreed to my
request to have a word with the boys and he has promised to meet
them on Wednesday," said former Test wicketkeeper Chandrakant
Pandit, who coaches the national champion state team.
"He is the right man to plan
our strategy against the best team in the world."
Tendulkar, one of the most prolific
batsmen in world cricket with 33 Test and a record 37 one-day
centuries, has closely followed the fortunes of his home team even
when away on international duty.
When Mark Taylor's Australians
played Mumbai at the start of the 1998 tour, Tendulkar hit his
maiden first-class double century to power his team to a stunning
10-wicket victory by tea on the third day.
Three years later, Steve Waugh's
tourists again played Mumbai before the Test series and even though
Tendulkar was unavailable, the hosts dominated the three-day game
before it ended in a draw.
On both occasions, India went on to
win the Test series 2-1 and current Mumbai captain Sairaj Bahutule
was looking for an encore.
"We have twice undermined the
Australians which has helped the national team do well when the
Tests come," the leg-spinner said.
"We want to continue the same
good work in this game too. It will benefit India if Mumbai does
Tendulkar, who was forced to miss
three successive limited-overs tournaments over the last two months
due to the injury, is almost certain to be ruled out of the first
Test which begins in Bangalore on October 6.
Cricket board doctor Anant Joshi
declined to confirm if Tendulkar will be available for the remaining
"All I can say for now is that
he is recovering well," Joshi said. "We are monitoring him
closely but I would not want to put a time frame on his
The Mumbai team includes
Tendulkar's childhood friend Vinod Kambli, a former Test batsman,
and current international Ajit Agarkar.
Australia, meanwhile, are expected
to field their likely Test eleven in the tour opener, the only
warm-up match before the Bangalore Test.
The remaining Tests will be played
at Madras (October 14-18), Nagpur (October 26-31) and Mumbai
Qamar stresses on fitness
Under-21 squad go down to national team
team which are preparing to play in the Under-21 Challenge Cup
Hockey Tournament went down fighting 1-2 to Bangladesh national team
in a warm-up match on Tuesday at Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium.
The five nation
tournament involving Oman, Afghanistan, Myanmar, India and
Bangladesh will begin from tomorrow. The first match between Oman
and Afghanistan will take place at BKSP ground at 9 am. Bangladesh
will face Myanmar in the second match at 3.30 pm at Maulana Bhashani
Hockey Stadium after the formal inauguration.
Rafiqul Islam Kamal
and Sohel scored one goal each for the national side, while Turja
brought the lone goal for Under-21 squad.
The match was
organised to see the real strength of the squad after camping for 23
days under Pakistani coach Qamar Ibrahim.
Coach Qamar talking
to the journalists after the match said he is trying to impart
something new to Bangladesh Under-19 team in a bid to increase their
players could improve their fitness level then I think they could
easily come up to a certain standard.
I had seen
Bangladesh matches in the Asian Junior Cup in Karachi and I think
due to poor physical fitness they could not continue the full match
at the same rhythm." Qamar after coming here mainly emphasized
on fitness of the players so that they could improve their running
without the ball. and that was the reason why had changed the team's
"I don't want
to see the players play at a fix position and that was the reason
why I had made total change in the team structure," said Qamar,
former Olympian of Pakistan team.
however, added, "It is not possible to change a team radically
in such a short period, but I can tell you the boys will play for
Replying to a
query, Qamar said the boys fared bad in all departments. But during
the practice sessions at BKSP they gave a lot of good performance.
Replying to another
question said, it was not possible for any team to give a good
hockey on such a "horrible turf". He said the present
condition of the astro turf at the Bhashani Hockey Stadium was
totally unfit to play at any level of hockey and said the condition
of BKSP turf is much better.
The warm-up match
was played in three sessions (20 minutes each session).
In the last session
the Under-21 team faced a 13-member national team in a bid to learn
to play under pressure.
US basketball coaches to train Bangladesh cagers
instructors Omari Faulker and Courtland Freeman from the United
States were due to arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday night to train
Bangladesh basketball players.
The coach duo will
conduct training sessions at Bangladesh Basketball Federation
Gymnasium at Dhanmondi in the city and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha
Protisthan, Savar, during their three stay in Dhaka.
They are here as
part of the US State Department initiative to build and strengthen
relationship among diverse world cultures, specially for youth.
Swimming from Oct 5
DHAKA, The Independent
The 20th National
Swimming Championship, organised by Bangladesh Swimming Federation (BSF),
will be held from October 5 to 8 at the Army Swimming Pool. This
year's competition is being sponsored by Keya Cosmetics (pvt)
Secretary Shahabuddin Ahmed told the news agency that he is
expecting that 50 teams would take part in this year's meet. Twenty
events for males and 20 events for females will be at stake for the
swimmers. Male waterpolo and diving events have also been included.
When asked why BSF
is not holding the national championship at the Mirpur National
Swimming Pool, he said that most of the electronic timing devices of
the lanes of the pool are not working.
It is for the first
time that the electronic timing will be used in the national meet,
"It is now very important for our swimmers to have the
advantage of competing with the help of electronic timing. It will
help them know the exact position and precise timing."
He added that
previously in 1993 SAF Games, electronic timing was used and again
in the 1995 in the 2nd South Asian Swimming Championship in Dhaka.
storm into final
DHAKA, The Independent
advanced to the final of the Stamford Inter-Private University
Football Tournament with a 5-0 win over Northern University in the
first semifinal at the Army Stadium in Banani on Tuesday.
sponsor Stamford University will play the final on Saturday with the
winners of North South University and Asian University of Bangladesh
who meet in the second semifinal today.
After a barren
first half, Ruhul and Hasan scored two goals each, while Russell
netted the other goal for Stamford University.
Ruhul of the
winning team was adjudged man of the match.
tournament committee in a press release on Tuesday denied the
allegation of bias and wrongdoing against IBAIS University.
On Monday, IBAIS
University alleged that the tournament committee was involved in a
conspiracy to bring North South University in the semifinal and
violated tournament rules to deny IBAIS's progress.