Mar 182014
 

Published: 6:32AM Wednesday March 19, 2014 Source: AP

Bangladesh was all but assured of qualifying for the main round of the World Twenty20 after inflicting an eight-wicket defeat on Nepal today.

The tournament host was the only team in its group with two wins from two matches, and is favored to claim the qualifying spot when it meets winless Hong Kong on Friday (NZT).

Nepal, which beat Hong Kong on Sunday, never looked like challenging when it was restricted to 126-5, and Bangladesh raced to 132-2 in 15.3 overs.

Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on 37 off 18 balls and sealed the victory with his fourth six after refusing to run a winning single on the previous ball.

Opening batsman Anamul Haque top-scored with 42 off 33 balls, and shared an opening stand of 63 with Tamim Iqbal, who made 30 as Nepalese bowlers found it hard to handle the wet ball under heavy dew.

Earlier, after electing to bowl first with the dew in mind, Bangladesh medium fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain took two wickets in three deliveries to have Nepal at 39-3 before captain Paras Khadka (41) and Sharad Vesawkar (40) added 85 for the fourth wicket.

“The toss was important because of the dew and it was very difficult to grip the ball,” Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said.

Khadka rued the fact that his batsmen could not hit a single six while Bangladesh batters smashed nine in their brisk run-chase.

“Nepal needed 140-plus to challenge Bangladesh in these conditions,” Khadka said. “We got stuck and didn’t rotate strike in the middle … lacked the big hits too.”

Bangladesh 132-2 in 15.3 overs(Anamul Haque 42, Shakib Al Hasan 37 not out; Basant Regmi 1-14) defNepal 126-5(Paras Khadka 41, Sharad Vesawkar 40; Al-Amin Hossain 2-17) by eight wickets.

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Mar 162014
 
Shakib, Dawlat Fined For Altercation
Dawlat Zadran, Anamul Haque

Dawlat Zadran (right) has been fined half of his match fee (as has Shakib Al Hasan)

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Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Afghanistan’s Dawlat Zadran have both been fined 50 per cent of their match fees for an altercation during the opening game of the ICC World Twenty20 2014.

The pair breached Article 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play during an international match’.

In the ninth over of Bangladesh’s innings, bowler Dawlat made deliberate contact with Shakib, who was batting at the time.

Shakib reacted, also making physical contact and the pair were reported by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong as well as third umpire Kumar Dharmasena and fourth umpire Richard Kettleborough.

Both players pleaded guilty to the charges.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle said: “Cricket is a non-contact sport and the teams were reminded at the pre-tournament briefings that intentional and avoidable physical contact of any form is unacceptable and these judgments reflect that.”

Bangladesh went on to win the game by nine wickets and put themselves in a strong position in Group A of the tournament.

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The eight lowest ranked sides will play in two groups of four between 16th and 21st March with the group winners qualifying for the next stage.

Group A: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal

Group B: Ireland, Netherlands, UAE, Zimbabwe

The sides in each ‘Super 10’ group will play each other between 21st March and 1st April.

Group 1: England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Group B Qualifier

Group 2: Australia, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Group A Qualifier

The semi-finals will be held on 3rd and 4th April with Mirpur hosting the final on 6th April

Mar 162014
 
Tigers tame Afghanistan

Bangladesh made a bold statement that they intend to play in the main part of the competition they are hosting by thrashing Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 opener.

The Tigers, who lost to today’s opponents in this month’s Asia Cup, Afghanistan’s first defeat of a full-member nation, are one of eight teams battling it out for two places in the tournament proper, which starts on Saturday.

And Mushfiqur Rahim’s side blew Afghanistan away in Mirpur, skittling them for 72 in 17.1 overs after winning the toss.

Shakib Al Hasan makes Najeeb Tarakai his second wicket in two deliveries as figures of 3-8 helped to dismantle Afghanistan for 72

Mohammad Shahzad hold out to extra-cover from the game’s first delivery and, although Gulbadin Naib cleared long-on for a six in the next over, Bangladesh bowled 24 dot balls in the powerplay.

Shakib Al Hasan struck twice in two balls during the last over of restrictions, initially ousting Naib for 21, and Abdur Razzak also gained two scalps as Bangladesh continued to chip away.

Shakib wrapped up the innings for outstanding figures of 3-8 as extras was one of just four double-figure contributors for Afghanistan.

In the reply Tamim Iqbal being dropped on nine was not too costly when Samiullah Shenwari trapped him in front for 21.

However, Anamul Haque completed a nine-wicket win with eight overs unused via his third six, accompanied by four fours. He was unbeaten on 44 while Shakib had 10.

Feb 222014
 
Shakib Al Hasan punished for lewd gesture on TV

Shakib pointed towards his crotch and then towards the camera soon after his dismissal during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Dhaka on Thursday

Shakib Al Hasan punished for lewd gesture on TV (© AP)

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Dubai:  Bangladesh’s premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will miss Saturday’s final one-dayer against Sri Lanka and the first two matches of the Asia Cup after being banned for making a lewd gesture on live television.

Shakib pointed towards his crotch and then towards the camera that was focused on him in the players’ balcony soon after his dismissal for 24 during the second one-dayer in Dhaka on Thursday.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), which conducted a disciplinary hearing on Friday, suspended the 26-year-old for three one-day internationals and fined him 300,000 Bangladesh taka ($3,860).

“Shakib has been penalised for breaching the BCB Code of Conduct,” the board said in a statement late Friday. “He admitted the offence and accepted responsibility for the act.

“Shakib was repentant for the incident and readily accepted that the behaviour was unbecoming of a player of his experience and stature. We also reminded him that his action was unacceptable,” the statement quoted BCB’s acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury as saying.

Sri Lanka have already taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, but Shakib’s absence from the first two Asia Cup matches against India and Afghanistan next week will be a bigger blow for the hosts.

Shakib, who has played 34 Tests, 131 one-dayers and 28 Twenty20 games, is the senior-most player in the current Bangladesh team and one of the top all-rounders in the modern game.

Feb 212014
 
Video: Player banned for groin grab

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BANGLADESH all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been handed a three-match ban and a $4,000 fine for what the country’s cricket board has dubbed “unbecoming behaviour”.

Shakib attracted the ire of the Bangladesh Cricket Board by making an “inappropriate gesture on live television” during the second ODI in their series at home against Sri Lanka.

The 26-year-old, who played in the Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers, had just returned to his team’s rooms after being dismissed for 24.

Initially, the live broadcast showed a shot of Shakib sitting in the Bangladesh team’s viewing area.

As the commentators criticised how he got out while watching a replay, one saying he had “thrown his wicket away”, the broadcast cut back to the shot showing Shakib, who then gestured towards his groin and then at the camera.

The footage was also reportedly shown on the big screens around the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

“Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been penalised for breaching the BCB Code of Conduct,” the board said in a statement.

“Shakib appeared at a disciplinary hearing of the BCB today and admitted the offence and accepted responsibility for the act.”

BCB’s acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said: “Shakib was repentant for the incident and readily accepted that the behavior was unbecoming of a player of his experience and stature.

“We also reminded him that his action was unacceptable.”

The penalty will see Shakib miss the final game in Bangladesh’s ODI series against India, as well as the team’s first two Asia Cup matches.

Feb 212014
 
Cricket Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan suspended for three ODI matches

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for three matches by the BCB for “making an inappropriate gesture on live television” during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mirpur. He was also been fined BDT 300,000 ($3800).

Shakib was summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee before the final ODI against Sri Lanka. Three ODI ban meant that he will bow miss that final ODI as well as Bangladesh’s first two Asia Cup matches – against India and Afghanistan.

Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been penalised for breaching the BCB Code of Conduct,” the board said. “Shakib appeared at a disciplinary hearing of the BCB today and admitted the offence and accepted responsibility for the act.

BCB’s acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said: “Shakib was repentant for the incident and readily accepted that the behavior was unbecoming of a player of his experience and stature. We also reminded him that his action was unacceptable.

The hosts had already lost the ODI series against before the third ODI, but Shakib’s absence for the first two Asia Cup matches is a huge blow to Bangladesh team.

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