Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) - Bangladesh U-19 cricketers are gearing up for their tour to England in July next to play a Tri-Nation Series, also involving hosts England and India.
Coach of Bangladesh U-19 team Mahabub Ali Zaki on Wednesday said the England tour will be a good chance for the junior Tigers to get themselves prepared ahead of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in 2020.
“We’re gearing up with two big challenges. The first one is the tour of England to participate in a tri-nation series involving England and India and also to contest in the Under-19 World Cup,” Mahabub told reporters.
In the ongoing camp, the junior Tigers are working on their fitness and later they will start the skill training soon as well.
“We’re emphasising on fitness training now. After that, we’ll start the skill training programme as well. The camp will continue till May 26. The boys will join the camp two days after Eid. This camp is our last chance of getting prepared ahead of the tour,” the coach further said.
“We’ve played well against England in the previous series. They failed to do well in our home soil. We’re working hard to build our strength and as well as to overcame our weakness. England will also try hard to win their matches at home. We’re preparing ourselves keeping that in mind,” Mahabub added.
The coach believes the tour of England will be an ideal chance for the boys to get adapted to the fast wickets. At the same time, the tour will be really a tough for the boys because they will have to play in an unfamiliar condition.
“The England tour is very important for us because it will be a good chance for us to prepare ahead of the World Cup. We’re really very serious about this tour. We’re trying to teach the boys the difference between the wickets of Asia and England, South Africa,” Mahabub further said.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) — After a thumping win against West Indies on Tuesday, Bangladesh eyes to display better performance against Ireland as well.
The Tigers will take on the hosts Ireland on Thursday in their second game of the ongoing tri-nation series.
The match will take the place in Dublin Bangladesh time at 3:45 pm. The match will be aired on Maasranga Television and Gazi TV. At the same time, the match will be broadcasted by Rabbithole on YouTube.
The tri-series is considered as Bangladesh’s final chance to sort out their options before the World Cup in England and Wales which is slated to be played from May 30. Bangladesh will play their first match of the World Cup on June 2 against South Africa.
Before heading to the tri-series, the Tigers lost to Ireland A by a big margin of 88 runs which created huge panic among the spectators about the ability of Mashrafe’s men in the soil of England and Wales.
However, coming into the tri-series, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, TamimIqbal, Shakib Al Hasan have wiped the fear and register a big win against West Indies who beat the hosts Ireland in the first match of the event by 196 runs.
But in the match against the Tigers, the Caribbean boys were far away from the performance that they have shown in the first game. Bangladesh did well both in bowling and batting departments.
Mashrafe-led bowling attack managed to restrict West Indies in 261 in 50 overs for nine wickets in spite of the opening stand of 89 by Shai Hope and Sunil Ambris. Hope struck a ton but Ambris was not that fearful for the Tigers.
They put up 207 for four wickets in 42.1 overs, but in the remaining overs, they just added 54 runs losing five more wickets. Bangladesh came up with more disciplined bowling at the death overs.
Mashrafe was the best bowler for the Tigers scalping three wickets for 49 runs while MustafizurRahman and Mohammad Saifuddin bagged two wickets each as well. On the other hand, Shakib Al Hasan and MehidyHasanMiraz took one wicket each conceding only 33 and 38 respectively.
While replying, Tamim and Soumya added 144 on the board and made the way to win an easy walk for Shakib and Mushfiqur. Soumya scored 73 while Tamim added 80. Shakib and Mushfiqur remained unbeaten for 61 and 32 respectively. In the end, Bangladesh won the game by eight wickets with five overs to spare.
Soumya, the southpaw, said after the match: “Every win helps to be more confident. We are really confident now (to do better). It is difficult in this condition to do well for Asian teams. since we cannot change the condition, we don’t want to think much about it. We just need to play our own game and do better.”
Madrid, May 8 (AP/UNB) — Roger Federer looked as comfortable as ever on his return to clay.
Showing no signs of rust after skipping clay-court tournaments the last two seasons, Federer cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet at the Madrid Open on Tuesday.
The fourth-seeded Federer needed less than an hour to win his first match on clay since 2016 and reach the third round in the Spanish capital.
"It feels good to be back on the clay," Federer said. "I enjoyed it. Some of these rallies, where you get pushed to the side, you slide. You can play in a different manner than you do on the hard courts or the grass."
The 37-year-old Federer skipped the clay season the last two years to make sure he was fit for the rest of the year. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is preparing to make his first French Open appearance since 2015. He has won two hard-court titles this season, in Dubai and Miami. He is a three-time winner in Madrid, with his last title in 2012.
The fourth-seeded Swiss converted his three break points and didn't concede any to the 39th-ranked Gasquet at the "Magic Box" center court.
Gasquet was playing in his first tournament after enduring a going injury early in the year.
"I think Richard was also maybe a little bit hurt from his match yesterday, so it was nice seeing him back after so many months being away from the tour with injury," Federer said. "I think for both of us it was a special match being back here in Madrid."
Earlier, top-ranked Novak Djokovic started with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Taylor Fritz. He broke the American's serve once in the first set and twice in the second, conceding only one break opportunity. The top-seeded Serb had seven aces and lost only two service points in the second set.
"I don't think he was playing at his best today," Djokovic said. "But I think it was a solid opening match for me in the tournament."
Djokovic is seeking his second title of the year, and third overall in Madrid. He began the year by winning the Australian Open.
David Ferrer extended his career with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut, setting up a second-round meeting with defending champion Alexander Zverev. The 37-year-old Ferrer is retiring after the tournament.
"I want to be with my family and try to enjoy as much as possible the time that I have to play in this center court," the Spaniard said. "And tomorrow I have another opportunity and I'll go out there to try to enjoy every single feeling that I might experience out there."
Stan Wawrinka ended a three-match losing streak in Madrid by defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 6-3.
"I felt good. It was a great match, a first great match," Wawrinka said. "I have been playing good on the practice court, feeling really good, so it was important to start well today and I'm happy with the first match."
Brazil Open champion Guido Pella upset 12th-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, while Fabio Fognini beat Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-3.
On the women's side, top-ranked Naomi Osaka defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 in the second round.
"I feel like in the first set, I got a bit lucky there," Osaka said. "In the third set, I just, like, went zombie mode and then just thought of everything that I had to do to win and not necessarily the outcome."
Third-seeded Simona Halep defeated Johanna Konta 7-5, 6-1, while Caroline Garcia got past Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber withdrew ahead of her second-round match against Petra Martic because of a right ankle injury.
Brisbane, May 8 (AP/UNB) — Fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup after failing to recover from a shoulder injury in time to be ready for Australia's opening game on June 1.
Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed scans showed the right shoulder that Richardson dislocated while fielding during a limited-overs international against Pakistan in March wouldn't be repaired adequately to bowl at the level required for the World Cup.
"This is obviously very disappointing news for the team and for Jhye, who has been exceptional throughout his rehabilitation process," Australia's team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement. "After his most recent assessment and attempting to bowl in the nets, it was clear that Jhye was not progressing as fast as required and therefore, in consultation with selectors, we made the decision to withdraw him from the squad."
Kane Richardson has been drafted into the Australia squad to join a pace bowling group that includes Mitchell Starc, who is returning from a chest injury this week, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff. Veteran paceman Josh Hazlewood has again been overlooked for selection in the World Cup squad as he recovers from a back injury, but has been included in a second-string squad for a series in England starting later next month.
Defending champion Australia is playing three unofficial warmup games against New Zealand in Brisbane this week to fine-tune for the World Cup and to reintegrate ex-captain Steve Smith and his former deputy David Warner into the squad following their 12-month bans that stemmed from the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
The 22-year-old Richardson had been tipped to play an important role for Australia in English conditions utilizing his swing and consistency. He has taken 24 wickets in 12 one-day internationals at an average of 26.3 and an economy rate of 5.85.
Australia has nine group games at the World Cup, starting against Afghanistan in Bristol and concluding July 6 against South Africa in Manchester. The semifinals are scheduled to start July 9.
Australia's World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.
Liverpool, May 8 (AP/UNB) — Liverpool's players had their hands on their heads, seemingly unable to comprehend their achievement. One of them, James Milner, was in tears. When he wasn't punching the air, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp stood in front of The Kop in full voice and just took it all in.
Just when Liverpool fans thought they had seen it all — the so-called "Miracle of Istanbul" in particular, but also those storied comebacks at Anfield against Saint-Etienne, Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund down the years — along came another European night that just might top them all.
The Liverpool players faced a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona from the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. They faced the great Lionel Messi, perhaps in the best form of his life. They faced fatigue from a grueling Premier League title race with Manchester City and the absence of two of the team's key forwards, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
How to explain, then, a remarkable 4-0 win that sent Liverpool into a second straight Champions League final, 4-3 on aggregate?
"We know this club is a mix of atmosphere, emotion, desire and footballing quality," Klopp said. "For me, this club has a big heart and tonight the heart was pounding like crazy. You could feel it all over the world."
It took a goal of breathtaking quality — but also extraordinary cheek — to complete the greatest in a long line of famous comebacks by Liverpool, which is one win away from becoming European champion for a sixth time.
Euphoria had already engulfed Anfield when Liverpool, leading 3-0 and smothering Barcelona with its intensity, was awarded a corner in the 79th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold, a 20-year-old right back, put the ball down in the quadrant and then turned around as if he was about to leave the kick to a teammate.
In an instant, he spun round again and whipped in a low cross that Barcelona's players weren't prepared for. Divock Origi was ready, though, and he swept home a finish from eight meters (yards) into the top corner for his second goal of the game.
Klopp was full of praise for the lucid thinking of Alexander-Arnold, the youngest player on the Liverpool team, and said he hadn't even seen the corner being taken.
"Incredibly smart," Klopp said, shaking his head. "Genius."
It was only the third time in the history of the competition that a team rallied from three goals down after the first leg of a semifinal and progressed to the final, after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona in 1985-86. No team had done it in the Champions League era.
"When you have a collapse of this nature," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, "we will have a few horrible days ahead."
For Barcelona, it was the second straight year that the team let a three-goal lead slip, having beaten Roma 4-1 at home in the quarterfinals in 2018 before losing the return leg 3-0 to go out.
As for Liverpool, given the opposition this display rivaled the comeback from three goals down against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.
There was also the 3-1 win over Saint-Etienne in the 1977 European Cup and the 4-3 win from 2-0 down against Borussia Dortmund in the 2016 Europa League quarterfinals. The last-gasp 3-1 win over Olympiakos, sealed by Steven Gerrard's late long-range goal, in the 2004-05 group stage also lingers long in the memory.
"The people from outside, they doubted us and thought we couldn't do it," said Georginio Wijnaldum, a halftime substitute who scored two of the goals. "But once again we showed that everything is possible."
Klopp had delivered a stirring speech on the eve of the game, telling his players to "fail in a beautiful way" if they were to get eliminated.
They took that to heart.
Salah, Liverpool's top scorer who missed the game as he followed protocols after a concussion, entered the stadium before kickoff wearing a T-shirt bearing the message: "Never Give Up."
Then teammate Andrew Robertson set the tone on the field, pushing Messi's head with two hands while the Barcelona forward was on the ground after an early challenge. Fabinho followed that up with a crunching tackle on Luis Suarez, who was jeered and goaded relentlessly by Liverpool fans at the ground he graced for 3½ years.
A goal was needed to really give Barcathe jitters and it arrived after seven minutes, with Origi tapping into an empty net after goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen parried a shot by Jordan Henderson.
Barcelona already appeared rattled, with Suarez living up to his role as the player opposition fans love to hate. In one incident, the striker flicked his boot back into the right knee of Robertson as they ran along together. Robertson needed treatment and was substituted at halftime, with his injury later confirmed to be a calf muscle problem.
Wijnaldum, who replaced Robertson, made an almost instant impact, making it 2-0 by sweeping home a low cross from Alexander-Arnold. Two minutes later, the Dutch midfielder made another run into the area and met a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri with a firm header into the corner past a flat-footed Ter Stegen.
The goals came in the 54th and 56th minutes — the times of Liverpool's first two goals in that 2005 final in Istanbul.
Philippe Coutinho, another former Liverpool player, was substituted for Nelson Semedo after an ineffective display and Barca quickly improved, exerting more control. Liverpool's players might also have wondered how to approach the game with the score tied on aggregate.
Then came the coup de grace after the cheeky play by Alexander-Arnold at a corner. Barcelona had no answer, with Messi — the star of the first leg with two goals — largely snuffed out.
Tottenham or Ajax await in the June 1 final in Madrid. Ajax leads 1-0 from the first leg.