BCB names Nic Pothas as new assistant coach
Former South African batter Nic Pothas has been appointed as the Assistant Coach of the Bangladesh cricket team. The 49-year-old has signed a two-year agreement with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and will start his new role next month during the three-match ODI series against Ireland in the United Kingdom. The series is a part of the ODI World Cup Super League. Pothas has an extensive coaching career spanning over a decade, during which he served as the head coach of the West Indies (2018-2019) and Sri Lanka (2017-2018) cricket teams. Read More: BCB announces search for new assistant coach for Tigers He also worked as an assistant coach and fielding coach for the West Indies and was the lead fielding coach for Sri Lanka. Before joining Bangladesh, Pothas was the wicketkeeping coach of Hampshire County Cricket Club. As a right-handed batsman during his playing days, Pothas appeared in three ODIs for South Africa and made over sixteen thousand First-class and List-A runs. Pothas expressed his excitement about his new role, saying, "I am honoured to commit to the Bangladesh National Team. The depth and array of talent running through Bangladesh is exceptional, and I believe we have some exciting years ahead of us. Read More: Chandika Hathurasingha takes over as head coach of Bangladesh cricket
BCB to mark month of language during BPL matches Friday
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will pay homage to language martyrs and mark the month of language during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) matches Friday. All commentators and hosts will don specially designed attires with the Bengali alphabet imprinted on them tomorrow. They also will delve into the rich history and importance of International Mother Language Day during the matches, in both English and Bangla. This will be an exceptional moment for Bangladeshi fans, as the commentators will provide commentary in Bangla and non-Bengali commentators will also try to incorporate some Bangla words into their commentaries, said the BCB. Before the start of the matches, players will be interviewed in Bangla. English will be used only if a non-Bengali player is named the player of the match. The post-match presentations and interviews will also be conducted in Bangla to underscore the reverence for the mother tongue. All players, match officials, commentators, and hosts will don special armbands with the Bangla alphabet printed on them to express their support for the language. To enhance the celebration, a selection of words from the month of language will be showcased on the giant screen in the field. Bangladesh observes Amar Ekushey – the Language Martyrs Day (Shaheed Day) and the International Mother Language Day – on February 21 to mark the supreme sacrifice of the language heroes in 1952 for upholding the right to speak their mother tongue Bangla. The day is also observed around the world as UNESCO on November 17, 1999, recognised the Ekushey February as International Mother Language Day to celebrate the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity. Read more: PM opens Ekushey Book Fair 2023 in person for first time in 3 years
BCB congratulates Women's U-20 football team for winning SAFF U-20 Championship
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has congratulated the Women's Under 20 football team for winning the SAFF U-20 Women's Championship. The team lifted the championship title for the first time after defeating Nepal 3-0 in the final in Dhaka Thursday. "This victory is another shining proof that our women's football teams are the best in South Asia," BCB President Nazmul Hasan said in a media statement. "The win is a continuation of the good work from last year's SAFF Championship triumph of the senior side. I have no doubt that performance like this will inspire and encourage women in all sports in Bangladesh," he added. Before this U-20 competition, the Bangladesh team made history by clinching their first SAFF Women's Championship title last year in Nepal. Read more: Bangladesh lift SAFF U-20 Women's Championship title beating Nepal 3-0
BCB appoints David Moore as head of programmes
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Wednesday announced the appointment of David Moore as its head of programmes. The 58-year-old Australian cricket professional has agreed to a two-year term with the BCB which starts next month. Moore will be responsible for planning, devising strategies, and implementing the high performance (HP) and Tigers' programmes to ensure that they serve the senior team. He will also oversee the development programmes for coaches. The 58-year-old brings extensive experience as a high-performance general manager and coach developer with expertise in coaching, player and coach development and administration, both internationally and in Australia. He served Cricket NSW as its general manager of Cricket Performance and head of Coach Development and was a senior coach at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence. Moore worked as an assistant coach of the West Indies cricket team and became the side's head coach for the England tour in 2007. He also coached the Bermuda national team. "I am delighted to have been appointed to oversee and develop some very important programmes that will provide opportunities for elite cricketers to perform in the international arena," Moore said in a media statement. "I'm very excited to be commencing my role as head of programmes at the BCB. I look forward to working with the head coach, his coaching and support staff, and players to help them unleash their potential," he added.
Bangladesh announces ODI squad for India series
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday announced the 16-member squad for the three-match ODI series against India starting on December 4 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Tamim Iqbal will lead the team in this series as the regular ODI captain. He was out of the national team for a long time as the team was busy playing Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim are all set to return to the national team with this series. They were also out of the Bangladesh setup when the World Cup took place in Australia. While Mahmudullah was overlooked by the selectors, Mushfiqur retired from the T20 format. Read more: BPL 2023: Mahmudullah in Barishal, Mushfiqur in Sylhet Anamul Haque Bijoy is also in the ODI team. He hit two fifties in his last three ODIs against Zimbabwe. He was also part of the T20 team in Zimbabwe series, but he was axed from the World Cup squad. Mosaddek Hossain, Taijul Islam and Shoriful Islam were overlooked for this series. They were part of Bangladesh team in the last ODI series against Zimbabwe. To replace them, Bangladesh included Shakib Al Hasan, who was out of the Zimbabwe series due to personal reasons, Yasir Ali and Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury. While the first match of the series is on December 4, the second match is on December 7, and the last match will be played on December 10. First two matches will take place in Dhaka, the last match will be hosted in Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Read more: Bangladesh Cricket League One-dayers: South Zone, North Zone win 2nd round matches After the ODI series, Bangladesh will take on India in a two-match Test series with the first Test being played in Chattogram and second in Dhaka. Bangladesh ODI squad: Tamim Iqbal (Captain), Liton Das, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmudullah Riyad, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nurul Hasan Sohan
BCB plans to sell Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup jersey online
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to sell the Bangladesh national team jersey for ICC T20 Men's World Cup 2022, chairman of the board Jalal Yunus confirmed. BCB unveiled the jersey on September 30 through its social media channels. Soon after the jersey design was revealed, there was a huge demand for it among Bangladeshi cricket fans. Read: BCB unveils Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup 2022 jersey “We are planning to sell the jersey to fans,” Jalal Yunus told media. “We are yet to decide who will sell it. But initially, we want to sell the jersey through BCB’s official website.” He, however, did not confirm when fans will be able to buy the Bangladesh team jerseys. Previously, BCB sold official jerseys through local third parties and online platforms. Read BCB announces Tk 50 lac reward for SAFF Champions Bangladesh's official jersey for 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup has been designed based on the themes of Sundarbans, the Royal Bengal Tiger and the famous Jamdani motifs.
BCB unveils Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup 2022 jersey
Finally, the wait is over! The new jersey for the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2022 was finally unveiled by the Bangladesh Cricket Board on Friday (September 30). The BCB unveiled the eagerly anticipated new uniform for the Tigers men's cricket team for the Australia 2022 Twenty20 World Cup via a number of social media platforms. Read: Tigers to leave for New Zealand on Friday According to a video published by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the Bengal tiger, the Sundarbans, and the traditional Jamdani sari are shown on the Bangladesh men's national cricket team jersey. The jersey has so far been well-received. Keep in mind that the Bangladeshi team's T20 World Cup campaign will begin on October 24 and will play their final group stage fixture on November 6 against Pakistan. The top two teams from each group will progress to the semifinals. Bangladesh will compete in a tri-nation T20I series against Pakistan and New Zealand before the World Cup. Read: The 3 challenges Bangladesh may face in New Zealand Tri-Series 2022
BPL: From “world’s second-best” to “best domestic” league
There was a time when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials used to claim that the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) was the second-best T20 cricket league in the world. According to them, the BPL was positioned right after the Indian Premier League (IPL). But now, they say, they are working to make the BPL "one of the best leagues" in the country. The next season of the BPL is slated to be played from early January to mid-February, 2023. BCB has already drafted the names of the owners of the seven participating franchises. If all goes well, the franchises will be finalized soon after the prospective owners pay the bank guarantee of BDT 100 million. Read: Shakib Al Hasan shines in Caribbean Premier League At least two other leagues are scheduled to be played at the same time as the BPL. As a result, the BPL may not be able to attract the attention of the best foreign players. Many have already signed contracts with teams in the other two leagues, one of which will be held in the United Arab Emirates and the other in South Africa. Ismail Haider Mallick, member secretary of the BPL governing council, today said, "BPL was a good T20 event when there were not many leagues like it." "Now too many leagues are there – CPL is happening, PSL is here, UAE is going to host a league and South Africa is also on the scene. Now, it’s tough to compare (BPL) with other (international) leagues. We want to make it one of the best domestic leagues. " Read: BPL Governing Council announces names of seven BPL franchises The first edition of the BPL was played in 2012. Four years after that, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) started the Pakistan Super League (PSL). While BPL is still trying to establish its brand, PSL is generating a lot of money for PCB. "It costs a lot to host an event like BPL," Ismail added. "To make it bigger, we have to sell the ownership of a franchise for a lot of money. But the reality is, we cannot even host it as a home-and-away event. We don’t have enough venues for it. What we are looking forward to is making it one of our best domestic events. " Since BPL may fail to attract the attention of foreign players this season, BCB is going to relax conditions. Ismail said a franchise will be able to sign a foreign player at any point of the tournament, and they will also be able to sign a foreign player for any period of time. Read: Bangladesh champions of ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022 It means if a franchise gets a player for only two matches, they are allowed to sign the player. At the same time, Ismail said, a franchise can play two foreign players in a match instead of four. BCB has already fixed the remuneration of the players. According to BCB, the local players in the A category will get BDT 8 million, while the players in the lowest category will generate half a million taka. Every team is allowed to sign one local player directly out of the draft, but there is no limit to signing a foreign player. The BCB will not decide how much money a team will pay to recruit a foreign cricketer outside the draft. Read: A narrow escape: Bangladesh beat UAE by 7 runs in 1st T20
BCB announces Tk 50 lac reward for SAFF Champions
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a cash reward of Tk 50 lac for the National Women’s Football Team who won the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship for the first time. BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon has lauded the success of the women footballers. “The women’s football team has made the whole nation proud with its exceptional performance and historic achievement,” Papon was quoted in a BCB press release. Read: Rise and rise of Bangladesh women and football “As a mark of our appreciation and support for their effort, I am declaring 50 lac taka for the entire team on behalf of the BCB. I have no doubts that the SAFF triumph will greatly inspire sportsmen and women around the country and sports teams to strive for international glory in respective disciplines,” the press release further reads. Bangladesh women beat the hosts Nepal in the final by 3-1. Before that, Bangladesh beat the hot favourite India in the semifinals. It was the first time for Bangladesh women to win the SAAF. In 2003, Bangladesh men won the event in Dhaka beating Maldives.
It's time for young guns to fire on all cylinders: Nurul Hasan
Bangladesh T20 team vice-captain Nurul Hasan Sohan has said the time has come for the young guns of the team to fire on all cylinders. In the upcoming World Cup, Bangladesh will miss the services of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad. While Tamim and Mushfiqur called time on T20s, Mahmudullah was overlooked by the selectors. In this situation, the young players will have to take the responsibility on their shoulders, Nurul said. "The senior players have performed really well for Bangladesh cricket. They have brought us here, now the onus is on us to take the team forward," he said after a training session Thursday. "Many players of the T20 World Cup squad have been playing international cricket for more than five years. So, they will have to deliver no," he added. Read: Twenty20 World Cup 2022: 5 issues Bangladesh team should address "We are more mature as cricketers now. We always want to do well for Bangladesh. If we can play as a team, can stick to our plan, I think the result will come our way," he added. Nurul was Bangladesh's captain during the Zimbabwe tour. But an injury ruled him out of the team. The wicketkeeper-batter also missed the Asia Cup due to that injury. Now he is ready to make a comeback with the two-match series against the UAE this month. The Bangladesh team will leave for the UAE on September 22. The T20 series against the UAE will be played on September 25 and 27 at the Dubai International Stadium. After the series, the Bangladesh team will return home for a break of two-three days. Following that, the Tigers will fly to New Zealand for the tri-series against New Zealand and Pakistan.