Mar 312014

Bangladesh will be without veteran fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza for their World Twenty20 clash against Australia on Tuesday.

The all-rounder, who was extremely expensive against Pakistan, picked up a knee injury in that match, adding to the pre-tournament woes he had with his aging body.

Mortaza was not at his best and went for 63 runs without taking a wicket in his four overs, and the knee injury just added to the rib injury he sustained in an earlier match in the tournament.

The Tigers and the Aussies are both without a win in this stage of the tournament, losing three out of three, so the hosts could have done with the experienced all-rounder.

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Feb 082014
Mortaza To Lead Bangladesh In T20s
Saturday 8 February 2014 

Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza will once again captain Bangladesh as they play their final T20 matches before hosting the ICC World Twenty20 next month.

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Mashrafe Mortaza has been preferred to Tamim Iqbal to lead Bangladesh in their upcoming Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka.

Regular captain Mushfiqur Rahim was ruled out when the squad was named earlier this week. That was after he sustained a fractured finger during the drawn second Test in Chittagong. Abdur Razzak was also declared unavailable after injuring himself during the match.

Mortaza has captained Bangladesh before, but his injury-prone nature has meant that those spells have been short-lived. He, reportedly because of his previous experience, has been preferred to Tamim, who has been named as his deputy.

The first of two Twenty20 Internationals is in Chittagong on Wednesday, with the second following two days later at the same venue.

Bangladesh T20I squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain), Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mithun Ali, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Arafat Sunny, Farhad Reza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain.

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Jan 202014
So, that Pakistan win, eh?

Okay, let’s do this. Let’s write a 200-word article in which we somehow find a new way of emphasising how wonderful the third Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was for readers who already know precisely how wonderful it was and who probably followed the match much more closely than we did anyway.

We’ll also shoe-horn in a hilarious joke at our own expense which somehow makes a wider point about cricket with additional implications for wider society. We’ll do this off the top of our head during a break at work while trying to block out the world’s worst radio station. The first comment will then relate to why we haven’t yet covered some earth-shattering news which one of Cricinfo’s billion writers has broken during a live transcription of a Mashrafe Mortaza press conference which was supposed to be about the chances of Khulna Division in next year’s whatever-the-hell-Bangladesh’s-first-class-competition-is-called. The resultant masterpiece – which will obviously be nothing of the sort – will then sit in prime position on a website of almost no significance for a matter of hours before the moron of a writer feels he needs to add something ‘fresh’, thus pushing the article further down the page, where it will never again be seen by a human.

Alternatively, we could have some sort of tetchy meltdown and one of you can point out that we’ve actually written 236 words, plus a rubbish headline.

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