Showing disrespect towards the Indian cricket team, Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Prothom Alo’ has produced a spoof ‘cutter’ advertisement, in which several Indian cricketers are seen standing with their heads half-shaven.
Young Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who tormented the Indian players in the ODI series, is shown endorsing a cutter – symbolising his ‘off-cutters’ – and the Indian players are holding a banner which reads, ‘We have used it. You can use it too.’
India had lost the three-match series 2-1 to give the hosts a historic bilateral series victory, with Man of the Series Mustifizur dismissing the top Indian batsmen in the first two ODIs on June 18 and June 21.
Although India won a consolation match in the third game on June 24, Bangladesh credited themselves with some fine all-round performances throughout the ODI series.
MUMBAI: In fresh controversy for the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra, women and child welfare minister Pankaja Munde, daughter of the late Gopinath Munde, has been accused of flouting rules in a Rs 206-crore purchase order.
Congress leader Sachin Sawant has filed complaint with anti corruption bureau (ACB) office against Pankaja Munde for allotment of 24 contracts worth Rs 206 crore have been sanctioned without following due procedure.
Munde had allegedly cleared the purchase of several items for government-run schools for tribal children, without inviting tender, such as chikki, mats, dishes and books by flouting the rules, at a cost of Rs 206 crore.
As per the government resolution, any purchase above Rs 3 lakh has to be done through inviting e-tendering. The government has banned purchases through the rate contract system, in which material is purchased after negotiations on its rate.
MIRPUR: Two senior cricketers, Suresh Raina and R Ashwin on Tuesday expressed their wholehearted support to under-fire captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, calling him a “legend” who could not be solely blamed for the team’s debacle in Bangladesh.
While Raina posted a picture of Dhoni along with his team-mates with just a simple message “respect” and a sign of folded hands alongside, Ashwin backed him to the hilt when he attended the pre-match press conference.
The beleaguered Dhoni had offered to quit ODI captaincy in the wake of the shock series defeat against minnows Bangladesh if it guaranteed success for the Indian team.
“If you don’t go behind your leader (now) then when will you? So as far as I am concerned it’s like an army, if you don’t go behind your leader then you are definitely going to get shot. If my captain asks me to die on the field, I’ll do it,” Ashwin said.
“It’s not just now, any captain you have to go behind him. If he asks you to die on the field, then you have to be prepared to do it.”
Calling Dhoni one of the legends of Indian cricket, Ashwin said: “He is one of star cricketers. He has done so much for the nation. We can’t really forget what he has done.
“Yes, I know bad results crop and all kinds of statistics crop up. With statistics you can prove whatever you want as you please. You have to give credit to the individual because he has done a lot of good things.
“You can’t blame him for the whole team’s performance.
That’s not fair. I would say we have failed as a unit, failed as a group. We need to grow up as a group. To finish a season on a loss is not always bad. You can go back and work on whatever you need to work on,” he insisted.
Several former cricketers on Monday voiced support for Dhoni to continue as ODI skipper, saying he still has a lot to contribute to Indian cricket.
Former captains like Bishan Singh Bedi, Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar and players like Chetan Chauhan, Chandu Borde, Syed Kirmani and Kiran More strongly backed Dhoni, saying that there was no need to press the panic button and he is the best bet till the 2016 World T20
Yet another rain-hit day – not even a full session’s play was possible – sent the one-off Test between Bangladesh and India on its way to a draw. In the 30.1 overs possible, Bangladesh’s top order mounted an emphatic response for most of the morning session, but Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin struck in quick succession – 15 minutes before lunch to give Bangladesh some anxious moments. However, the weather intervened 10 minutes before the scheduled lunch break to not allow any further play.
Knowing they wouldn’t likely need to bat too long in the Test, Bangladesh came out batting positively to keep India at bay. Imrul Kayes scored a quick half-century, Tamim Iqbal went past Habibul Bashar as the highest run-getter for Bangladesh, and Mominul Haque threatened to equal AB de Villiers’ record of half-centuries in 12 consecutive Tests. It was unlikely he would get another shot at the record: despite the two late wickets Bangladesh still seemed they might not need to bat again, especially with time sure to be lost to weather.
Playing three seamers, India opened with Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin, targeting the left-hand top three of Bangladesh. The way Tamim began to plant his front foot down against Ishant and play without trouble, you knew the quicks would need the ball to reverse to be effective. Ashwin bowled well, but the batsmen – with not too much to lose – attacked him too. Soon, though, in his third over, Ashwin got one to dip and beat the outside edge of Tamim for Wriddhiman Saha to register his first stumping in Tests.
The scoring didn’t abate as Kayes stroked his way to a third half-century. Umesh Yadav troubled him and Mominul with a bit of pace but enjoyed little luck, with thick edges flying for fours. Making his return to the Test side, Harbhajan was not at his best, and Bangladesh moved along merrily until Harbhajan found some rhythm and was joined by Ashwin towards the end of the first session. Bangladesh had galloped along to 99 for 1 in 23 overs when the two spinners came together. They now tied the left-hand batsman down, drawing appreciable turn and cutting out the loose deliveries. Four runs came off the next four overs, which prompted some risks.
Kayes first skipped down to Harbhajan but got away with quite a thick edge that flew over cover. Two balls later Mominul was not so lucky: he skied this slow loopy offbreak to give Harbhajan just reward for some improved bowling towards the end of the session. Immediately Ashwin ripped in a quick offbreak to the new batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who was caught bat-pad at backward short leg. As Bangladesh’s best player, Shakib Al Hasan, walked out so did heavy clouds and a massive thunderstorm. The players went off for bad light, but rain arrived soon after.
Tamim breaks Bangladesh record
3039Runs scored by Tamim Iqbal in Test cricket,the mostby any Bangladesh batsman in Test history. He went past Habibul Bashar (3026) during his innings of 19 in the first innings.
4Number of times India have declared theirfirst inningsin eight Tests against Bangladesh. It was also the fourth time they declared in the first innings in the last five Tests.
88International matches that Harbhajan Singh has missed between his last appearance for India (2013) and this Test. India’s bowlers have bowled 62,130 overs in matches that Harbhajan didn’t play during this interim period.
1Number of previous instances where Tamim has been dismissed stumped in a Test match – off Mohammad Hafeezin Khulnain April 2015. R Ashwin had him stumped in this first innings of this Test.
Bangladesh111/3 (30.1 ov)
Bangladesh trail by 351 runs with 7 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari outclassed Chang Hye Jin of Korea in straight sets to clinch the bronze medal in the women’s individual recurve event of the World Cup, on Sunday.
Seeded ninth in the event, Deepika came out all guns blazing to deflate her second-seeded opponent 6 (26, 29, 26, 28) — 2 (25, 26, 28, 27) to come up with a clean performance.
Korea though did not return disappointed as their archers stood first and second on the podium with Deepika at third.
Earlier, the 20-year-old archer put up a brave fight in the semi-finals but was denied a place in the final by Olympic gold medallist Ki Bo Bae of Korea.
The in-form Deepika kept the tri-colour flying high after veteran archer Dola Banerjee, Satbir Kaur and Snehal Divakar all lost in the first round of the individual recurve.
The former world number one began the tournament with a 6-0 victory over Christine Bjerendal of Sweden and then got past Anastasia Pavlova of Ukraine, American La Nola Pritchard, Kaori Kawanaka of Japan and Taipei’s Shih-Chia Lin en route to her clash with Ki Bo Bae.
Duncan Fletcher’s checkered term as India’s head coach ended with their World Cup semi-final loss to Australia almost two months ago. His authority diminished towards the end of his stint with Ravi Shastri’s appointment as team director.
With another grueling season awaiting India, starting with a tour to Bangladesh next month and culminating with the World Twenty20 in 2016, there has been no official word on Fletcher’s successor.
While it is understood that the BCCI is trying to rejig the structure of the team’s support staff, there has been no official word. After discussing the vacant coach position in detail with BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, secretary Anurag Thakur said that the support staff for the Bangladesh tour “will be announced before June 6”.
Why is there a delay in appointing a head coach?
The change of administration in the BCCI is a key factor, since the previous regime under the deposed president N Srinivasan had set the ball rolling to find a replacement for Fletcher.
Are they looking for a head coach and a team director as well?
It is still not clear whether the BCCI wants to fill both positions, or just one of them. The popular perception in the board is that a team director aided by three assistant coaches would serve the purpose. The position of team director was created for the first time when former India allrounder Ravi Shastri was appointed after India’s defeat in the England Tests. Shastri had agreed to continue in the role as an interim arrangement till the end of the World Cup.
How are the two roles different?
In the six-month period when they functioned together, head coach Fletcher was in charge of preparing the team for matches. Team director Shastri was more of a facilitator between the players, the coach, the selectors and the BCCI. Most of his work was in the background, but he was responsible for the overall performance of the team.
Who are the contenders for the team director’s role?
Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri are definitely in the fray, along with a few undisclosed overseas candidates.
It is understood Shastri has the confidence of the players, who were happy with his open approach. There is no clarity on whether the BCCI has approached him or whether Shastri himself wants to carry on in the long term at the cost of his media assignments. It is understood that Ganguly has the backing of the BCCI, but the man himself said in Kolkata he would talk about it “once we get to it”.
One hurdle facing BCCI and Ganguly is he is also secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal and heavily involved in its day-to-day administration. Ganguly also has lucrative contracts with various media houses and if he does pick up the team director’s role, would he have to forsake his other commitments is a question BCCI needs to workout.
And the candidates for the head coach?
Since it is still not clear if the BCCI would prefer a head coach along with team director, no names have emerged so far.
Has the BCCI set a deadline for the appointment(s)?
Not really. The BCCI is prepared to wait until it finds the most suitable people. That India’s next two assignments – a tour to Bangladesh in June to be followed by a limited-overs series in Zimbabwe in July – are low key gives them time to scan for the best candidate. If the new coach/ team director is not finalised before the team’s departure to Dhaka on June 7, then the BCCI may well send a support staff consisting of three assistant coaches without a chief. Or they might request Shastri to continue in the team director’s role for another series.
Who are involved in selecting the head coach?
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and secretary Anurag Thakur are the two main decision-makers. They are understood to have sought inputs from some former India captains including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar and Shastri himself to help them shortlist the candidates. The two captains – Dhoni (ODI and Twenty20 captain) and Virat Kohli (Test) – would suggest some names as well and are expected to play prominent roles in the process.
What happens to the current support staff?
The pair of assistant coaches Sanjay Bangar and B Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar await message from the BCCI about their future.
The incredible opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes passed the 300-run mark, setting more records while making short work of what had seemed like a match-winning lead for Pakistan a little over 24 hours ago and attained, undeniably, one of the top spots in Bangladesh cricket legend.
Kayes, who moved shoulder to shoulder with Tamim during the stand, fell for 150, but there was no stopping Tamim. He had kick-started Bangladesh’s resurgence in the Test and went on with unwavering resolve to register the highest Test score – 206 – by a Bangladesh batsman.
As Tamim walked back after a rare mistake in the 99th over, Mohammad Hafeez, the successful bowler, was the first one to congratulate him on an enthralling innings that was both serene and audacious. And it came at a time of grief in the family. Kayes’ innings was no less vital.
The draw in Khulna was in line with improvements Bangladesh have shown across formats after a difficult 2014. The transformation happened somewhere along the home series win against Zimbabwe last October, continued through the World Cup down under and if there were still doubts after the ODI and Twenty20 wins against Pakistan, the first Test should quell them.
It was the first time in nine Tests that Pakistan were not able to force a win against Bangladesh. Irrespective of the conditions, that stat alone was a huge boost for Bangladesh cricket. Pakistan, a few rungs above the home side in Test rankings, are still favourites ahead of the Dhaka Test, but will be under severe pressure.
The seeds of doubt for Pakistan were solely sown by the Tamim-Kayes stand. The striking feature of the batsmanship was the ability to change gears from time to time. A number of remarkable innings have been played by Bangladesh batsmen in the past, but not many have seen batsmen marrying personal goals with team requirement as seamlessly as Tamim and Kayes did in this Test.
Tamim had said before the start of play on the final day that it was crucial for Bangladesh to keep their concentration through the first session as they were still behind in the Test, and both he and Kayes took time to set themselves up again. Only six runs were scored in the first five overs, with Kayes playing out three maidens on the trot from Junaid Khan, one more than what they had played in the 61 overs yesterday.
The pitch had refused to change much though it was the fifth day but Junaid was reversing the ball both ways in that initial spell. Kayes was saved by the inside edge first ball of the morning as one swung in late. Then Tamim was floored by a vicious inswinger that struck him flush on the boot, the batsman falling forward on his elbows after losing balance. That delivery would have grazed the leg stump, too. If there was any hangover from yesterday, it was duly shaken off.
Two balls later, Tamim watchfully clipped a similar delivery to fine leg before Kayes, in the same over, leaned into a fuller delivery to hit the first boundary of the day, which drew the pair level with Colin Cowdrey and Geoff Puller’s 55-year-old record of the highest opening stand in second innings of a Test. In the next over, Tamim stepped out of the crease and crisply drove Yasir Shah through covers to put Bangladesh in the lead.
And just like that, they were back in cruise mode again. Bangladesh reached 300 in the 69th over, Tamim touched 150 in the 71st and Kayes joined him three overs later. While Tamim went on to pass his previous best of 151, Kayes, looking to push the scoring, holed out at long-off.
Unaffected by the dismissal, Tamim carried on in a controlled manner, his calmness gnawing on the last crumb of hope Pakistan might have harboured. Mominul Haque came and went, missing a fuller delivery to give Junaid his first wicket of the match, but the score kept moving along.
Then, as if waking up from an afternoon slumber, Tamim surprised Yasir Shah to move from 182 to 194 in two balls. In the next over, after being beaten on the charge, he smashed Junaid down the ground for his seventh six to move past Mushfiqur Rahim’s 200.
At the time of Tamim’s dismissal, Bangladesh’s lead had swelled to 103 runs. Shakib Al Hasan led the grind of Pakistan bowlers and took the score past 413, Bangladesh’s previous highest second-innings total to eventual 555 for 6, their best against Pakistan. It was also the first time Pakistan had leaked more than 500 in the second innings.
James Anderson became England’s highest wicket-taker in test cricket when he claimed his 384th victim in the drawn first test against West Indies in Antigua on Friday.
The 32-year-old fast bowler surpassed Ian Botham’s haul of 383 wickets when he had Denesh Ramdin caught for 57 by Alastair Cook at first slip in the final session on the last day of his 100th test.
“My immediate emotion was we were back in the game,” Anderson told Sky Sports television.
“We were hoping to get the win. Great to have my family here as well and taking over from an English legend is a hugely proud moment for me.”
Despite Anderson’s record England failed to win as West Indies, chasing an unlikely victory target of 438, finished on 350 for seven to keep the three-match series level at 0-0.
“We got into a great position,” Anderson said. “We got ourselves back in the game with great hundreds from Belly (Ian Bell) and Gaz (Gary Ballance) but we couldn’t find anything in that pitch whatsoever. We tried our hearts out.”
Anderson made his test debut against Zimbabwe in 2003 and has been the mainstay of England’s pace attack for the last few years thanks to his ability to swing the ball.
He has 16 five-wicket hauls and has twice taken 10 wickets in a match, his best figures of seven for 43 coming against New Zealand in Nottingham in 2008.
“I think the difference from when I started is that I know my game now,” Anderson said.
“When I started I didn’t have a clue, ran up and bowled as hard as I could. I developed skills. (The record) has not been a target. I love taking wickets for England.
“My target is to keep my place in the side. We have a hugely talented side at the minute and everyone is very excited about where we go.”
Former all-rounder Botham, now a Sky commentator, was gracious after losing his record to Anderson.
“I’m delighted for Jimmy. It’s been a burden for him and for me. He was always going past it,” Botham said.
“I’ve watched him develop those skills. It’s not easy to bowl the inswinger and away-swinger with very little detail change but it’s great to watch those skills. I enjoy watching him bowl, it’s a pleasure to commentate.”
Same island, different ground, same result. Six years ago West Indies defied England nine down at the Recreation Ground in Antigua, after the Test was shifted due to the dangerous outfield at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, with Daren Powell and Fidel Edwards surviving 10 tension-filled overs on the historic ground. This time the last-wicket pair were not needed as Jason Holder, a 23-year-old on whom so much rests for the future of West Indies cricket, produced an outstanding display of maturity in scoring a maiden first-class hundred in an innings spanning 216 minutes and 149 balls, and with help from Denesh Ramdin and Kemar Roach hauled the team to safety.
James Anderson prized out the seventh wicket shortly before the start of the final hour, finding Ramdin’s edge to first slip with a classical leg-cutter, to make him England’s leading Test wicket-taker, overtaking Ian Botham’s 383 scalps having gone level with Botham during the morning session when Marlon Samuels edged to gully. It broke a stand of 105, leaving England 18 overs to take the final three wickets, but they could not get past the sturdy defence and big hearts of Holder and Roach.
With two overs remaining, Holder went to his hundred with a brace of lofted drives off James Tredwell in three balls, becoming the eighth West Indies batsman to score a Test century at No. 8, then Roach negotiated four balls of the last over from Anderson to prompt Alastair Cook to offer his hand to the undefeated West Indies batsmen meaning England have still had not won overseas since November 2012 in Kolkata.
There were a couple of near misses in the closing stages. With six overs left, Holder hammered a drive into silly point’s ankle that rebounded towards Tredwell who could not quite hold on diving forward and to his left. Then, with 17 balls remaining, Roach edged Anderson in front of Cook at first slip and later in the same over England used a futile review in the faint hope Roach had edged a full delivery to Buttler.
England removed three wickets before lunch – Tredwell and Joe Root claiming one apiece – to seemingly put themselves on course for a 1-0 series lead and when Jermaine Blackwood departed moments before the second new ball West Indies were 189 for 6 with 51 overs remaining in the day. But they could only claim one in the second session as Ramdin and Holder began their resistance, firstly by negotiating the second new ball and then blunting England on a surface that offered little encouragement.
The trueness of the surface – and it was certainly not as flat as those seen at the Rec so many times – should not diminish Holder’s effort in the slightness. It was an innings of immense character and fortitude from a player who has a vast part to play in West Indies’ future. This was another example of why some judges believe batting could surpass bowling as his major asset.
Early in his innings against Stuart Broad he pulled short of Jonathan Trott at deep square leg, but his upright defence and classic strokeplay withstood everything England could throw at him. His shot selection should certainly have been a lesson to Blackwood and Devon Smith who threw their wickets away with horrid strokes when there was a Test match to save.
The opening seven overs of the day brought one run when Smith and Samuels resumed, with any notion of West Indies aiming to chase down the runs clearly not on the agenda. Tredwell provided the opening breakthrough, his only wicket of the final day, when Smith gave away 174-balls of concentration by picking out mid-on as he all of a sudden tried to come out of his shell and advanced at the bowler.
Tredwell continued to vary his pace and flight skilfully – twice responding to sixes by Samuels by troubling him with turn and bounce, the second chance producing a tough stumping opportunity – and helping to compensate for the fact that he is not a huge turner of the ball. A 13-over spell was ended 20 minutes before lunch when Root was given another chance to be a partnership breaker. Once again, the move paid off handsomely.
In the second over of his spell Root slid one into the pads of Shivnarine Chanderpaul that would have crashed into middle and leg stump – the first lbw of the match. Chanderpaul, a man very capable of batting out two sessions, reviewed in hope rather than expectation and was walking off the ground before the decision was confirmed.
As he did in the first innings, Blackwood mixed caution with aggression until, in the last over before the new ball was due, inexplicably charging at Chris Jordan, swinging across the line, and getting a bottom edge which was well held by Jos Buttler. It was the type of stroke that appeared to signal a white flag, but not for the first time in the match West Indies showed their resolve and left Antigua as elated as England were deflated.
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday regained the number one position in international rankings after China’s Li Xuerui dropped a couple of rungs to third in the latest list issued on Thursday.
Saina, the first Indian woman shuttler to be world number one after her India Open Grand Prix Gold triumph earlier this month, had dropped to the second place following her semifinal finish in the Malaysia Open Super Series.
She skipped last week’s Singapore Open Super Series but gained in the rankings after Xuerui also pulled out from the tournament, leading to loss of two positions in the women’s singles chart.
Elsewhere, P.V. Sindhu dropped out of the top 10 and was placed 12th this week after slipping three spots.
In the men’s rankings, K. Srikanth retained the fourth spot, while P. Kashyap rose a rung to 14th owing to his semifinal finish in the Singapore Open.
H.S. Prannoy, who ended a quarterfinalist in Singapore, slid one spot to be 15th in the rankings.