Khulna (Bangladesh), Dec 2 (IANS) The West Indies suffered a humiliating 160-run defeat at the hands of hosts Bangladesh in the second One-day International of the five-match series here Sunday.
Batting first, Bangladesh set a target of 292 runs in their stipulated 50 overs, losing six wickets, at the Sheikh Abu Nasser Stadium, 180 km southwest of Dhaka, reports Xinhua.
Riding on the maiden century from opener Anamul Haque, Bangladesh set the massive target in which skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and debutant Mominul Haque contributed 79 runs and 31 runs respectively.
Anamul scored 120 runs off 145 balls and was adjudged the man of the match.
Chasing the target, the West Indies lost their wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 132 runs in just 31.1 overs.
The West Indies suffered a seven-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in the first ODI Friday. The third ODI will be played Dec 5 in Dhaka followed by the fourth and the final Dec 7 and 8 respectively.
A 15-member West Indies squad led by Sammy arrived in Dhaka in the first week of November for series involving two Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20 against Bangladesh.
The West Indies, which clinched the World Twenty20 title beating Sri Lanka by 36 runs in Colombo in October, had earlier toured Bangladesh for a full series twice, in 2002 and 2011.
Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 28 (IANS/CMC) Hard hitting West Indies batsman Keiron Pollard says the atmosphere in the team camp has been fantastic since his introduction to the regional side.
Pollard, who was recently elevated to the post of vice captain, has described the mood among the players as fantastic, reports CMC.
“Since making my entry into the West Indies team, this period has been the best not only in terms of results on the field but also off the field as well” said Pollard.
“The players are playing for each other, the mood is great and we have a bunch of guys who are happy to be representing the people of the Caribbean.”
The West Indies cricket team has experienced a purple patch over the past few months winning their Test series at home against New Zealand 2−0, as well as their T20 series and 50−overs series as well.
Only Sunday, they completed a sweep of Bangladesh in their Test series 2−0 and will now move on to the limited overs tournament, and the lone T20 clash.
“I am very excited to be in this role, supporting the captain Darren Sammy,” he said.
“He has done a great job in motivating the players and getting them to play for him and I am looking to support him 100 percent, in order to make sure we continue to get good results.”
West Indies are set to play Bangladesh in five One−Day Internationals and one Twenty20 starting Friday.
Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 28 (IANS/CMC) West Indies allrounder Andre Russell says he expects his side to continue its winning ways against Bangladesh in the five One−day cricket Internationals and the Twenty20 International.
The fast bowling all−rounder is one of six players shipped in to help form the limited−overs side for the series beginning Friday, reports CMC.
The Windies scored a crushing 10−wicket win against Bangladesh in the second Test in Khulna Sunday, to seal the series 2−0.
“The confidence from winning the Test series will motivate us to do well,” Russell said.
“We hope to have a good start, winning the first one or two, and get the momentum going for the rest of the series.”
Russell, a member of the Jamaica team for the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament in January, says he is looking forward to the limited overs series as well as playing his debut match at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
“It is going to be a different environment, different type of pitches, so we will be looking to get used to this surface as soon as possible, particularly the players that have come in to the limited−overs squad” he said.
“I’ve played in Bangladesh before. I have played in the Bangladesh Premier League. But I have never played at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, it’s my first time at this ground.”
Russell said he felt the limited−overs squad was well−balanced and there were players capable of performing in any conditions.
He said he still had ambitions of playing Tests for the West Indies adding that he was focussed on giving his all for the limited−overs side.
“Most of my games for West Indies have been ODIs and T20Is, so I just think that once I apply myself and continue to do what I have been doing so far for the team, I can’t go wrong,” he said.
“We have a number of good players, but if any day they don’t get it right, the captain can call me.”
Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 26 (IANS/CMC) West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has brushed aside suggestions that Bangladesh were walkovers in the two−Test series which the Caribbean cricketing side won convincingly.
Though both matches went the distance, Bangladesh’s batting suffered final day collapses on either occasion to send the side to defeat, reports CMC.
Sammy said Bangladesh had been competitive in the series, pointing out that his bowlers did not have straightforward tasks.
“We had to work for most of our wickets and the pitches were really good for batting,” he argued.
“We stuck to our plans for most of the time. In the first innings in Dhaka, our bowlers didn’t hit the areas. From the second innings and both innings in this Test, we bowled much better. Bangladesh, like us, are naturally aggressive but our batsmen were more patient and let the bowlers come to them, not try to go searching for runs. Once you applied yourself on these pitches, you were bound to get runs.
“We have a lot of respect for the Bangladesh players but we always believed that we could come here and achieve our goal of winning the two Tests, so we are just happy to have accomplished this.”
Bangladesh pushed West Indies in both Tests but lacked the killer instinct in their batting when it mattered most.
They led on first innings in the first Test in Dhaka, amassing 556 in response to West Indies’ first innings 527 for four declared. And even after West Indies tumbled to 273 all out to leave them with a target of 245, Bangladesh’s batting collapsed dismally for 167 to hand the tourists victory.
The Tigers also shone in both innings of the Test here but the first innings deficit of 261 proved too much to come back from, after the Windies piled up over 600 runs in their first innings.
The West Indies have now won four Tests on the trot dating back to the clean sweep against New Zealand in the summer, and Sammy said the settled nature of the squad was playing a role in this success.
“The guys in this team played against New Zealand and were in England, with Chris Gayle returning to the team, so it’s a more settled squad, just like our Twenty20 team is quite settled so is our One−day International team,” Sammy pointed out.
“The more we play together on the cricket field, the more we know about each other. The most encouraging thing for me is that when we turn up, we know what to expect from the different players. You know what Tino Best will give you, or when Marlon Samuels goes out to bat and he starts his innings, you know what you will get from him, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and all of the other players.
“We also have guys who continue to play domestic cricket at home who perform and will challenge for places in the team. The nucleus of the team is quite settled, but the guys have been performing consistently in the last six to 12 months, so it is a good sign for us.”
The series win caps off a mixed year for the West Indies that saw them fail to win a single match on their tour of England and also go down 0−2 in a three−Test series against Australia in the Caribbean.
Sammy said his side would continue to work towards playing the quality cricket they knew was possible.
“We will continue to instil that work ethic in the dressing room, and continue to go out there and do what all the West Indies fans want us to do − play a brand of cricket that the world loves to see and be consistent and try to win more matches,” he said.
“It’s a good feeling when you are winning, and it’s even better when you plan and you go out and execute and see your teammates perform consistently. It was good being a part of this Test series and to see the little steps we are taking in bettering ourselves and moving up the ladder in Tests.”
Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 26 (IANS/CMC) West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has lamented the loss of strike bowler Tino Best for the upcoming limited overs series against Bangladesh.
The right arm pacer, who took 12 wickets at an average of 14.33 in the just concluded two match Test series, picked up a grade one hamstring strain and will return home for further treatment, reports CMC.
“It is unfortunate that Tino will be leaving after he came back and bowled so well in the second innings of this game,” Gibson said.
“His performance in the Test series shows that he is in form, so we will be missing an in−form bowler.”
Best, who has played sporadically for West Indies since making his debut nine years ago, bowled West Indies to victory in the Dhaka Test with a five−wicket haul in the second innings and repeated his heroics here in the second Test as he took six wickets to earn yet another convincing win for the Caribbean side.
He was expected to be a key member of the attack in the upcoming five one−dayers and single Twenty20 but Gibson says it was important the Barbadian get back to full fitness especially with a busy schedule ahead for the Windies.
“With the injury that he has sustained and the high intensity of the limited−overs format, it means that it’s too big a risk to take, so he will return home, get his rehab done, and get himself fully fit again,” Gibson explained.
“There is a lot of cricket coming up next year and it will be important for us that he gets himself ready for that cricket.”
Best has been replaced by lanky 21−year−old seamer Jason Holder.
Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 26 (IANS/CMC) Bangladesh all−rounder Shakib Al Hasan will miss the first two One−Day Internationals (ODI) of the five−match series against West Indies with a shin injury.
Team officials confirmed that the decision was taken to leave out the experienced 25−year−old after he underwent an MRI scan on his right tibia following the fourth day’s play of the second Test Saturday, reports CMC.
“We have decided that he will take no further part in the second Test match and will miss the two ODIs in Khulna,” physiotherapist Vibhav Singh said in a statement.
“We will review his scan report with an orthopaedic specialist in Dhaka to decide the best management plan for Shakib.”
Shakib featured prominently in the fourth day’s play, taking four for 151 with his left−arm spin in West Indies’ first innings before scoring a shot−filled 97 in Bangladesh’s second innings.
A former captain, he was expected to be a key member of the Tigers line up in the shorter format.
The first two ODIs will be staged here at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium starting next Friday and continuing Dec 2.
Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 24 (IANS/CMC) Despite stroking his first ever Test double century, West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is still a disappointed man.
The right−hander struck 260 as West Indies piled up 564 for four on the third day of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, CMC reported Friday.
However, Samuels lamented his failure to become only the fifth West Indies batsman to eclipse the 300−run mark.
“I’m definitely very disappointed that I did not pass 300, but a double−century is a double−century, and it’s a big milestone, so I guess I will have to allow it to sink in and enjoy the achievement,” he told reporters.
“To be honest, if I did not get out, I would have been waiting for the spinners to come back on to bowl. The ball was still new and it’s still a slow surface, and I would have been hitting sixes for the rest of the evening.”
He continued: “I said before the series I wanted to score a few more international hundreds this year and so this would count as two in my mind, but I am looking forward to the One−day Internationals to follow, and I’m sure everyone will enjoy watching.”
Starting the day unbeaten on 109, Samuels carried on from where he left Thursday, plundering the bowling to strike 31 fours and three sixes in an innings that lasted 10 hours and 18 minutes, and consumed 455 balls.
He batted quickly in the morning but slowed his tempo in the afternoon session, and noted that it was an important that he played a controlled innings.
“The way Bangladesh have played the game, it’s a slow pitch and they have placed a number of fielders on the boundary and they were tempting me to score over the top consistently,” he said.
“When I slowed down, I was just playing smart cricket because there were a number of singles that were there to be taken and I didn’t mind doing this until the fielders came closer and gave me the chance to score over the top.”
The Jamaican has scored heavily since returning to international cricket last year following a two−year ban for inappropriate ties to a bookie. He has now amassed 866 runs at an average of 86.60 in his last seven Tests, all this year.
Khulna (Bangladesh), Nov 20 (IANS/CMC) Despite their convincing victory in the opening Test, West Indies captain Darren Sammy believes his side can still improve further, as they face Bangladesh in the second Test starting Wednesday.
The West Indies brushed aside Bangladesh by 77 runs at the Sher−e−Bangla Stadium in Dhaka but needed a strong bowling effort after they were led on first innings and then also batted poorly in their second turn at the crease.
Speaking ahead of the encounter at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium which is hosting its first ever Test, Sammy said his batsmen were still struggling in the second innings and this was an area where they needed to step up.
“I would like us to improve our second innings batting. This is something that has affected us in the past, where we only bat well in one innings and don’t back it up in the next,” said Sammy.
“It was a much better effort in this Test, but it’s still something we can improve. The guys who scored runs for us in previous Test series, like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and myself, we didn’t get much in the first test, yet we still got a big total, so its good contributions are coming from different members of the team.”
In Dhaka, the West Indies piled up 527 for four declared with veteran left−hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul getting an unbeaten double century but Bangladesh produced an excellent reply to reach 556 all out.
The Windies were then bundled out for 273, leaving the hosts with 245 to get for victory.
Fast bowler Tino Best snatched five for 24 to cripple Bangladesh late on the final day.
Sammy hailed the Caribbean side’s bowling effort and said tour management was now mulling over including an extra pacer for the second Test.
“We took 20 wickets. In order to win Test matches, you have to take 20 wickets, you have to be able to bowl out the opposition twice,” Sammy noted.
“I think it was a good decision to play the extra bowler in the first Test. Veerasammy Permaul created some important breakthroughs for us. Neither (Sunil) Narine nor I bowled as well as we could in the second innings. The way Tino Best bowled and the way they played him, we may be tempted to play Fidel Edwards, since he too is quite pacy.”
Saturday’s victory was the third straight Test win for West Indies following their clean sweep of the two−match series against New Zealand during the summer.
And with Test wins a rarity for West Indies in recent years, Sammy said capturing the second Test would not be only important in terms of a convincing series win but it would extend a winning streak which was important to building team confidence.
“The previous match was a hard−fought victory for the team. We have seen more of (the Bangladeshis). We know how competitive they will play, so we can formulate a better plan for them going forward, both batting and bowling,” Sammy added.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah (vice captain), Tamim Iqbal, Zunaed Siddique, Shahriar Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan, Naeem Islam, Nazim Uddin, Nasir Hossain, Mohammed Elias, Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan, Shohag Gazi.
West Indies : Darren Sammy (captain), Denesh Ramdin (vice captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels.
Dhaka, July 2 (IANS) Myanmar President Thein Sein’s visit to Bangladesh has been postponed due to ongoing ethnic tensions in that country.
Dhaka made the announcement Sunday following foreign secretary level talks between the two countries here, Xinhua reported.
Myanmar president was scheduled to start his three-day official tour July 15.
A state of emergency was clamped in Myanmar’s Rakhine state following clashes between Muslims and Buddhists last month. Dozens of people had died.
Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said a new date will be announced soon.
He said a joint team comprising officials of both countries will be formed to discuss trade, air and road connectivity, and Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh.
Dhaka, June 30 (IANS) World Bank has decided to cancel its $1.2 billion credit for Bangladesh’s Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, said WB statement received here Saturday.
“In light of the inadequate response by the government of Bangladesh, the World Bank has decided to cancel its $1.2 billion IDA credit in support of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, effective immediately,” Xinhua quoted the statement as saying.
The Bank had sent a high-level team to Dhaka to fully explain the Bank’s position and receive the government’s response, but the response has been unsatisfactory, said WB.
The bridge project ran into trouble after the Washington-based lender suspended its $1.2 billion loan to the Bangladeshi government in October last year over alleged graft.
Dhaka, June 27 (IANS) Nearly 90 people have died in Bangladesh in flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains, officials said Wednesday.
Rains have wrecked havoc in the three hill districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazaar and Bandarban since Tuesday, killing at least 88 people, Xinhua reported.
The military, police and the fire service personnel have joined the rescue efforts.
According to the Met Office, Chittagong received more than 460 mm rain till 9 p.m. Tuesday, submerging almost two-thirds of the city.
Dhaka’s flood forecasting centre Wednesday said that the water-levels in all the major rivers are rising, while some were flowing over the danger mark.
It warned that the situation may become worse in the coming days.
Raipur, June 27 (IANS) Panic has spread as at least two persons have been trampled to death and several houses damaged by herds of wild elephants rampaging in Sarguja forest and its adjoining areas of Chhattisgarh over the last few days, forest officials said Wednesday.
On Sunday, a herd of nine elephants attacked Sargaon village, 5 km from Ambikapur block’s headquarters Shankargarh. On seeing the elephants, all the villagers ran away, except two people who were trampled to death. The villagers returned only after forest officials reached the village and chased away the elephant herd.
“A lone jumbo separated from its group, active in the Prem Nagar range of south Surguja forest division, about 300 km north of state capital Raipur, damaged several houses in half a dozen villages during the last six days,” Forest Conservator (Wildlife) Shetty Panwar told IANS.
In Tuba village panchayat, Farsabahar block, over a dozen houses were damaged by elephants Saturday, creating panic among villagers, many of whom fled their houses, fearing for life.
According to villagers, four herds of elephants are roaming in the dense forest located between Tuba and Bangaon. Just after sunset, one or the other herd of elephants enters the village, creating panic. Villagers blame forest officials for their failure to contain the menace. The herds have come from adjoining Jharkhand, officials said.