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World Cup

Captaincy divided

Pacer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been named Bangladesh's ODI captain for the Zimbabwe series, set to take place in October-November, following a board meeting yesterday. The 31-year-old will replace Mushfiqur Rahim, who led the Tigers in all formats of the game for almost three years. Mushfiqur was earlier named captain till next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The wicketkeeper-batsman however, has been retained as the side's Test captain for the Zimbabwe series, which includes three Tests and five...

'World Cup 2018, 2022 report could prompt charges'

'World Cup 2018, 2022 report could prompt charges'

A report into alleged corruption at Fifa, football's world governing body, could lead to criminal charges, a Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe believes. Damian Collins has asked the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to request a copy of the report into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. American lawyer Michael Garcia...

LFP

Casillas gets vote of confidence

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti gave captain Iker Casillas a vote of confidence on Friday as the decorated Spain goalkeeper celebrated 15 years since making his debut for the 10-times European champions. Now 33, Casillas was a fixture for Real for well over a decade until he was dropped by Ancelotti's predecessor Jose Mourinho and has lost some of the aura that made him a hero to fans and earned him the nickname "Saint Iker". After captaining Spain to successive European...

Fifa proposes 2 kickoff dates for World Cup 2022

Fifa proposes 2 kickoff dates for World Cup 2022

Fifa has offered January and November in 2022 as alternative kickoff dates for the World Cup in Qatar. Fifa said it presented the two options Monday when its consultation group first met to seek ways to avoid playing in the desert heat of June-July. Fifa's executive committee should confirm the 2022 World Cup dates at...

Di Maria claims Real pressure not to play World Cup final

Di Maria claims Real pressure not to play World Cup final

Angel Di Maria has claimed his former club Real Madrid put pressure on Argentina not to play him in the World Cup final in another bitter chapter in his departure from the Spanish giants. Di Maria joined Manchester United from Real last month for a British record fee of 59.7 million pounds ($97.45 million)...

Chilean Pitbull ready to show his bite

Chile defender Gary Medel took part in his first training session with Inter Milan on Monday after completing his move from English Championship side Cardiff City. "I'm finally at Inter and I'm thrilled to be part of this great club," he told Inter's television channel. Asked if it is true that he is nicknamed the Pitbull, Medel replied: "Yes, it is ... I bite." Italian media said the transfer was finalised on Saturday but it was not confirmed by Inter at the...

Nasri calls time on France

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has confirmed his retirement from international football with France. The 27-year-old dropped a strong hint last week that he had decided to cut short his chequered international career, having been omitted from the France squad that went to the World Cup by coach Didier Deschamps. "I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European Championship, but the French national team doesn't make me happy," Nasri said in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian published...

'Does money grow on trees?'

'Does money grow on trees?'

In a rather celebratory ambience in the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis's headquarters at the Bangabandhu Stadium yesterday, nine players out of the 23-member national pool confirmed their teams for the Dhaka Premier League that begins in October. The players' transfers, in a way, marked the start of this year's eagerly anticipated domestic cricket...

Streak eager for pacy pitches

Streak eager for pacy pitches

With the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand expected to be a battle between pacers, Bangladesh's plight seems a bit worrisome. Chief selector Faruque Ahmed's decision to include four specialist pacers for the West Indian series clearly shows that the team management, all of a sudden, wants its quick bowlers to be...

Pakistan Head for Sri Lanka

Target top spot

 Skipper Misbahul Haq and head coach Waqar Younis Saturday said they were aiming for Pakistan to claim the top Test spot as they left for a Test and one-day series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan, currently third in the Test rankings, briefly attained world number two in 2006 but have never been number one. Misbah said Pakistan could take the top spot if they won in Sri Lanka and against Australia in October. "We have a very good chance and it's a big...

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