Indian world famed opening batsman Rohit Sharma will be Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal’s next guest on his live social media broadcast.
The two celebrated cricketers from two neighboring countries will go live for the first time on social media at the Tamim's official Facebook page and YouTube channel which available for the viewers on Friday from 10:30 pm.
In a global Coronavirus situation, a good number of sportsmen across the world have availed the option of going live on social media to share their updates, memories and some of their unknown stories with their fans, or alert them about the pandemic.
Tamim had already brought different guests from home and abroad in his previous episodes on social media.
He came to live in the first two sessions with former Bangladesh skipper cum wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and the T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad respectively on Instagram live.
Later ,Tamim moved the program to his Facebook and Youtube channel where recent past Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, pacers Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain have appeared and shared some of their unknown stories.
In the latest episode, Tamim made a live session with former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Wednesday (May 13) night.
Earlier last Sunday, Tamim invited three former Bangladesh skippers Khaled Mahmud, Habibul Bashar and Naimur Rahman as his guests to share the past history of Bangladesh Cricket.
Tamim, started his live video chat shows on May 2 to keep the fans entertained with inside stories and anecdotes at a time when all sporting activity has come to a halt due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Captain of South Africa cricket team Faf du Plessis expressed his interest to take part in Bangladesh’s premium T20 league- Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). During a Facebook Live show with Tamim Iqbal on Wednesday night, Faf said he would love to take part in BPL in coming years.
Faf was Tamim’s first guest from abroad in his social media Live Session which he has started with the show with Mushfiqur Rahim on Instagram 11 days ago. In the next episode of the show, Tamim will talk live with India’s superstar Rohit Sharma.
“Obviously I am interested to take part in BPL. But I don’t think this is the right platform to talk about that (laugh)!” Faf said during the show after Tamim asked him about his thoughts on playing in the league.
In the light-hearted Facebook Live session, Tamim told Faf that he would like to have him in BPL and in his team.
During the show, Faf applauded Bangladesh team for their consistent development in international cricket. He said: “There was a time when Bangladesh team used to rely on one or two performers. But now you have many players who can change the game at any time. We saw you play a wonderful brand of cricket during the World Cup 2019. It was expected that you would play well. But the way you really played was amazing.”
Before ending the show wishing Bangladeshis a very good Eid surpassing the COVID-19 pandemic, Faf looked back to the painful memory of the World Cup 2015 when South Africa were eliminated from the semifinals of the event.
“I have never been broken after a game like I was after that semifinal. Not just me, but all of us were broken. It was tough for us. We used to take dinner together. But none were talking on the dinner table,” Faf said remembering those days.
The South African captain also talked about the COVID-19 situation in his country. He said many people in South Africa are struggling for foods as most the part of the country is under lockdown, and many people have lost their jobs.
Both Tamim and Faf urged their fans to stay home safely so that the spread of the coronavirus can be contained in coming days.
Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful's historic bat is not going under the hammer as the cricketer says the procedure of auction is not clear to him.
Ashraful had announced to put the bat he used to hit his first ODI ton in 2005 against Australia in England on auction to raise money for people severely affected by coronavirus pandemic.
“I saw there are many fake bidding for the bat of Mushfiqur (Rahim). If anything happens like that, then there's no meaning in putting a bat on auction. I actually don’t understand how auction works in Bangladesh. I don’t think we have a good culture of the auction in the country,” Ashraful told the media.
“I wanted to put this bat on auction so that we can arrange a good amount of money for the people. But now I think we should have a good process for auction,” he added.
Sources say the former Bangladesh captain wanted to set a base price of Tk 15 lakh. But Auction 4 Action, who wanted to organise the bidding, declined to accept this price, leading to Ashraful's change of mind.
“What will the auction mean if we don’t get a good amount of money? I can help people from my personal fund. I wanted to put the bat on the action for a good amount so that we can help more people who are suffering from the pandemic,” Ashraful said.
Earlier, Auction 4 Action organised the auction of the bat of Shakib Al Hasan, which was sold for Tk 20 lakh to a Bangladeshi living in the USA.
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E-commerce company Pickaboo.com is currently organising the auction of Mushfiqur Rahim’s bat that he used to hit Bangladesh’s first double-ton in Test back in 2013 against Sri Lanka. But this auction saw some fake bidding which forced the organiser to put the process on hold for a while.
Auction for the bat of Mushfiqur Rahim, what he used to smash the first-ever double-ton for Bangladesh back in 2013 against Sri Lanka, has been suspended indefinitely due to countless fake bidding.
Mushfiqur was the first Bangladeshi cricketer to announce putting his historic bat on auction aiming to raise money for the disadvantaged people around the country who have been left stranded due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The auction was suspended on Tuesday after the bidding crossed the mark of BDT 40 lakh. But the organizers-- Nibco and Pickaboo.com -- claimed that most of the bidders were fake as they have bid unexpectedly.
“We are not asking for token money or safety deposit from the interested people. We wanted to make it as open as possible. But due to many fake bidders, we had to pause it temporarily. We are hoping to come back soon with the option to filter the fake bidders,” Pickaboo.com CEO Morin Talukder told the media.
Right after Mushfqiur, Shakib Al Hasan had also put his bat auction, and his bat was sold for BDT 20 lakh. All of this fund will be used to help the people around the country under the initiative taken by Shakib Al Hasan Foundation.
Like Mushfiqur and Shakib, Taskin Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar, Akbar Ali also put their cricketing gears on the auction to raise money to help the underprivileged people during this pandemic. Besides this, a good number of cricketers have been helping people from their personal funds as well.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today (Tuesday) postponed two more qualifying events including ICC Women's World Cup due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) pandemic.
The ICC also postponed the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2.
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier was due to take place in Sri Lanka between July 3 and 19, where three teams were to qualify for the 2021 event in New Zealand.
The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2022 was scheduled to begin with the European Regional Qualifier in Denmark between July 24 and 30.
As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process and after consultation with members and with the relevant government and public health authorities, the decision has been taken to postpone the qualifier to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 and the start of the qualification pathway to the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2022.
The ICC will work with all participating members to identify when these events will be able to be staged, said an ICC media release on Tuesday (May 12).
Chris Tetley, the head of the ICC events said: “In light of the continuing travel restrictions, global health concerns and government and public health authority advice we have decided to postpone two further upcoming qualifying events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the Europe qualifier to the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 have both been impacted.
“Our priority during this difficult period is to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take well-informed, responsible decisions in relation to both postponing events and resuming international cricket.
“These are both important events with the Women’s CWC Qualifier one step away from New Zealand 2021 and the Europe qualifier which signifies the start of the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 pathway. We will work in partnership with the Members to find an appropriate window to reschedule these events as soon as is safe and practical to do so. I would like to thank the members for their cooperation and continued support.”
The two remaining ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 events are being monitored and kept under review: the Africa event is due to take place in Tanzania between August 7 and 14 and the Asia event between December 1 and 9 in Thailand.
The Division 1 events in all five regions are scheduled to take place in 2021.