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International Torch Relays Banned PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 March 2009

International torch relays ahead of the Olympics have been scrapped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), reports the BBC.

It follows the controversy that surrounded the Beijing Olympic relay which was dogged by protests as the torch made its way around the world.

Super Cup Final Generates A Buzz In Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2009

The Bangabandhu National Stadium is likely to see the highest turnout in six years when arch-rivals Dhaka Abahani and Mohammedan SC lock horns in the Citycell Super Cup final on Friday.

The much-talked about Super Cup has already created a buzz across the country with the winners being awarded a record Tk one crore and the football-loving people are searching for final tickets.

Enamul To Officiate ICC WC Qualifying Matches PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009

Umpire Enamul Hoque has been appointed by the International Cricket Council to officiate in the 2009 ICC World Cup qualifiers.

Enamul, an international panel umpire from Bangladesh, is scheduled to leave for South Africa on Thursday, said a BCB press release.

IPL Chief Rushes Abroad To Finalise Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

The chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will travel to South Africa and England in an effort to finalise an overseas venue for this year's edition of the Twenty20 competition.

The Indian cricket board announced on Sunday that it would stage next month's event abroad after failing to get government clearance for security cover because the tournament dates clashed with the country's general elections.

BSJA Awards Ceremony To Be Held On Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

The Kool-BSJA sports award ceremony, organised by the Bangladesh Sports Journalist Association, will be held at the NSC Tower auditorium on Tuesday.

Information and cultural affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad will distribute the awards while State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker will be present as special guest. Sponsor Square Toiletries managing director Anjan Chowdhury Pintu will also attend the programme.

BFF Seeks Portion Of Sylhet BKSP PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2009

The Bangladesh Football Federation seeks a portion of the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Sylhet to run its football academy's activities round the year.

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin sought the help of the National Sports Council chairman and Army chief Moeen U Ahmed in an hour-long meeting at the cantonment on Sunday.

Brazilians Hail Another Precocious Talent In Neymar PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 March 2009

Brazilians believe they have uncovered another precocious talent in the shape of 17-year-old Neymar, who after only four first-team appearances has been hailed as the new Robinho.

Neymar, who still has a brace on his teeth, wears the Santos number seven shirt which once belonged to Robinho and has the same frail-looking physique and ability to confound opponents with his trickery.

United To Play Porto, Liverpool Face Chelsea Again PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 March 2009

Holders Manchester United will face 2004 winners FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Friday's draw at UEFA headquarters also paired Liverpool with Chelsea. Barcelona meet Bayern Munich while Villarreal will play Arsenal.

I Thought My Career Was Over : Samaraweera PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009

Thilan Samaraweera feared for his career after the Lahore attack but is now confident of making a comeback to international cricket. Cricket, he says, remains his first priority and he is even open to playing in Pakistan again.

Samaraweera, who had a bullet removed from his left leg, was discharged from a Colombo hospital on Tuesday - two weeks after the attack - and went to the Sri Lankan board office today for physiotherapy.

JS Body 'Frustrated' Over Poor World Cup Prep PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009

A parliamentary body expressed its frustration over Bangladesh's poor preparation for hosting the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup in early 2011.

The parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of youth and sports on Thursday also asked the ministry to upgrade three stadiums for hosting the world cup matches.

Govt Cancels Pakistan, Other Tours PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Bangladesh's home series against Pakistan and other teams at the moment have been cancelled on security grounds, the sports minister says.

"After the Pilkhana events, our national security is not yet full-proof. In these circumstances, it is not possible to invite any foreign team," Ahad Ali Sarker told reporters at his home Tuesday night.

South Africa To Stage Champions Trophy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

South Africa will stage this year's Champions Trophy one-day tournament in September and October, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. The ICC executive board made a "unanimous" decision in a teleconference after its executive committee made the recommendation last week.

The eight-team event was originally scheduled to take place in Pakistan but was postponed last year and then switched due to security concerns.

Delhi 2010 Games May Be Off If Security In Doubt: Official PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 March 2009

The 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi could be cancelled if a security assessment one month from the start deemed them unsafe to proceed, said a leading Australian official.

Security around the Games, due to be held from Oct. 3-14, has come under scrutiny after an attack in Mumbai in November that killed at least 171 people and a recent attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan.

Biman Determined To Keep Razzak PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 March 2009

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak's issue of playing in the ongoing Premier Cricket League hangs in the balance as Bangladesh Biman struck to their stance of playing him in their side.

Razzak was kept outside the pool list before the inter-club players' transfer and Biman signed him up though at that time Razzak was suspended for his bowling action by the International Cricket Council.

Striker Villa Not Interested In Man City Move, Says Agent PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 March 2009

Valencia striker David Villa has no intention of moving to a club outside Spain, his agent was quoted as saying on Friday.

Britain's Times newspaper quoted Valencia vice president Fernando Gomez on Thursday as saying that the Primera Liga club had discussed the sale of the Spanish international to Manchester City. Both clubs declined to comment on the Times report.

Shakib Given One Month Rest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 March 2009

Shakib Al Hasan is likely to miss the home series against Pakistan as the all-rounder has been given one month rest following his growing injury.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board plans to invite Pakistan later this month after their scheduled visit was suspended due to the Bangladesh Rifles mutiny.

Razzak Set To Return To Int'l Cricket PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2009

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak is likely to return to international cricket after being cleared of his suspect bowling action, an unconfirmed source said on Wednesday.

It is understood that the International Cricket Council has yet to tell the Bangladesh Cricket Board officially about the decision.

Don't Compare India To Pakistan, Says IPL Chief Modi PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 March 2009

The chairman of India's popular Twenty20 league has dismissed security fears ahead of the second edition of the tournament, insisting it was wrong to compare the situation in India to Pakistan.

"We are a very safe country. You are sitting here, I am sitting here, we all are sitting here... We are not Pakistan. I really see no concern," Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi told reporters on Tuesday.

BFF Starts Publicity Campaign For Super Cup PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 March 2009

The Bangladesh Football Federation on Monday launched a publicity campaign ahead of the Citycell Super Cup.

The Tk one crore competition gets underway on March 11 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium with B League champions Abahani taking on Rahmatganj MFS at 4:30pm. The second match between Sheikh Russel and Chittagong Mohammedan is at 6:30pm.

India Govt Sanctions $15.2m For 2010 Games Security PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2009

The India government has sanctioned 782.6 million rupees ($15.2 million) to beef up security at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next year.

"A total of 78.26 crore rupees has been sanctioned to Delhi police to procure additional security equipment like X-ray scanners... specifically for (the) Commonwealth Games 2010," an unnamed Home ministry official told PTI agency on Sunday.

12 Super Cup matches on BTV PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2009

Dhaka, March 6 ( – As many as 12 matches of the Citycell Super Cup will be telecast live on Bangladesh Television from the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

The richest-ever local football competition is billed for March 11-27.

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