Islamabad, Aug 8 (AP/UNB) — All-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik were omitted from the list of 19 players who were awarded central contracts for the 2019-20 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday.
Malik was in the top category A last season, but has already retired from test cricket and ODIs while Hafeez, who was in category B in the last season, was also left out.
The PCB trimmed the list to 19 from 33 players who were given central contracts last season.
"Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have not been offered contracts but they will remain available for selection," the PCB said in a statement.
Only captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, batsman Babar Azam and leg-spinner Yasir Shah were retained in category A.
Test opener Azhar Ali and Mohammad Amir, who announced retirement from test cricket last week, were demoted in category B and C respectively.
The PCB said that players' performance and fitness during the last 12 months and "the formats they are likely to represent Pakistan in the upcoming season was taken into consideration" while awarding the contracts.
"The PCB has set high standards and targets in its strategic plan for the upcoming season," PCB managing director Wasim Khan said.
"We want to attach a high value to receiving a central contract. We have complete faith and confidence that these players will set-up and produce on-field performances that will help us collectively achieve our objectives and targets."
Pakistan will play six World Test Championship matches, three ODIs and nine Twenty20s over the next year against Sri Lanka, Australia and Bangladesh.
Pakistan contracted players: Category A: Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah; Category B: Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz; Category C: Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Usman Shinwari.
Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNB) — The match between Bangladesh and India u-19 teams ended with no result on Wednesday at Beckenham due to rain.
However, Bangladesh secured the top place at the points table before the final.
Both teams will meet again in the final on August 11 at Brighton.
England were the other team in the tri-series but were out of the race after losing five of their seven league-stage games.
India won the toss and opted to bat first and amassed 244 all-out in 49.3 overs. Shubhang Hegde was the best batsman for India scoring 69 off 97 while Sameer Rizvi struck 44.
For Bangladesh, Shoriful Islam, Avishek Das and Shamim Hossain took three wickets each.
In reply, Bangladesh batted for only 5.5 overs before rain spoiled the match. Bangladesh were at 19/2 at that time.
Bangladesh won four of their eight league-stage games while two ended without any results. They lost one game and another was tied.
India, on the other hand, won three of their seven league-stage games. They will play their last game against England before meeting Bangladesh in the final again.
Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) - After waiting for weeks, Zimbabwe cricket team have finally confirmed their tour to Bangladesh to take part in a T20 tri-series, also involving Afghanistan.
Zimbabwe team will arrive in the capital on September 8 to play their first international event after being suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently.
But, Afghanistan will be first team to arrive here on August 30 to play one-off Test match against Bangladesh on September 5-9 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram before participating in the tri-nation T20 series.
Afghanistan will also play a two-day practice game at MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram against BCB XI from September 1 to 2.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday announced the itinerary of the tri-series and one-off Test series between hosts Bangladesh and Afghanistan scheduled for September 5-9 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.
The tri-series will be kick off on September 13 through the opening game between hosts Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur and end with the final match on September 24 at the same venue.
Despite the suspension from ICC, all the matches that Zimbabwe will play bilaterally will get the international status, Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, the chief executive officer (CEO) of BCB, confirmed on August 6.
The first three matches of the seven-match tri-series will be held at Sher-e-Bangla while the next three matches at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. After that, the top two teams will lock horns in the final at Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium again.
Before the main series, Zimbabwe will play a T20 practice game against BCB XI at Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah, on September 11.
September 13,: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, September 14: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, September 15: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, September 18: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, September 20: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, September 21: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan and September 24: Final.
Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) - Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is happy with the presentation of Russell Domingo as a candidate of the head coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team.
The 44-year-old South African arrived in Dhaka Wednesday morning to face BCB as one of the three shortlisted candidates and will leave Bangladesh on Thursday.
He was the head coach of his country from 2013 to 2017. South Africa played semifinals of the 2014 T20 World Cup under his coaching.
“We have a shortlist of three candidates who are interested in coaching the Bangladesh national team. Russell is one of them, and we’ve talked to him today (Wednesday). His presentation was satisfactory,” Jalal Younus, the chairman of the Media and Communication Committee of BCB, told reporters at Beximco Pharmaceuticals office at Dhanmondi where the meeting was held in the evening.
“He (Domingo) is a professional coach. His presentation about Bangladesh’s future in cricket, how Bangladesh can produce better results and more was really good. He worked for a long time in South Africa. He is qualified to coach Bangladesh. But we still have two candidates. We’ll take their interviews as well. After that, we’ll come to a final call,” Jalal further said.
He also said BCB is trying hard to appoint the head coach of the national team before the home series against Afghanistan. It is up to conduct meetings with the other two candidates before Eid-ul-Adza.
Jalal refused to reveal the names of the two other candidates. But he said they have the experience of coaching international sides.
Domingo never played professional cricket. The Port Elizabeth-born coach gained his coaching qualification when he was just 22. At the age of 25, he was hired as a youth coach for Eastern Province.
During the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2004 Bangladesh, he was appointed as the coach of South Africa U-19 team. After that, his biggest success was for the domestic cricket club- Warriors franchise.
He led them in the victory of domestic one-day and Twenty20 competitions during the 2009–10 season. He was the coach of the Warriors in the Champions League Twenty20 in 2010 and 2011.
After that, he got the job of coaching South Africa A team. In 2013, he got his dream job of coaching South Africa national team after the resignation of Gary Kirsten.
BCB is searching for a coach after they parted ways with Steve Rhodes. The Englishman was the coach of Bangladesh during the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, where Bangladesh failed to live up to the expectations. The failure in the World Cup might have prompted BCB to end their contract with Rhodes prematurely and find a new coach.
Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB)— Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team are set to start their preparation camp for next year’s Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia from Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The team have to play a qualifying tournament in Scotland from August 31 to September 7.
The Tigresses have not played any international games this year. So with this tournament in Scotland, the team will be back to international cricket.
“The qualifying event of the next Women’s T20 World Cup will be played in Scotland. We have to play well in this tournament in order to get a place in the main World Cup in Australia,” Nazmul Abedeen Fahim, the mentor of Bangladesh women’s team, told the media on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium.
“After the preparation camp in Bangladesh, we will have a 10-day practice camp in the Netherlands, where we will play four practice games as well,” Nazmul added.
Till date, Bangladesh women’s team played 58 T20 matches so far and won only 17 of them. However the team are the reigning Asian champions having won the 7th edition of the ACC Women's Asia Cup in 2018 in Malaysia.
“We don’t have quality hitters in the team who can do better in T20 cricket. Usually, we play 50-overs cricket in the domestic circuit. So it is really tough for us to find some batters who can maintain a strike-rate around 115-120,” Nazmul also said.
“But we are optimistic about a batter- Sobhana Mostari- who is yet to celebrate her 18th birthday. She has the tendency to bat in an aggressive manner. At the same time, we have Shamima Sultana and Aysha Akter who can hit for fours and sixes. But still, we have to find out more batters with more capabilities of hitting big shots,” he added.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce the 14-member national women’s squad soon. Nazmul said along with the experienced girls, BCB will call up young girls who have impressed in recent past in the domestic circuit and age-level cricket.