Tribhuvan Army Club turns champion of Aaha Rara Pokhara Gold Cup first time

Kaski: Nepal Army's departmental team, the Tribhuvan Army Club, has become the champion of the 23rd edition of the Aaha Rara Pokhara Gold Cup Football tournament held in Pokhara. In the final match held at the Pokhara Stadium today, the Army clinched the champion title first time by defeating five-time champion, Three Star Club, with 3-0 goal difference. The departmental team made opening goal in first inning and two goals in second half. Army's strikers Zilepsy Jung Karki (captain), Fatteman Ghale and Basanta Jimwa scored one goal each to ensure the victory of the team. The champion Tribhuvan Army Club bagged Rs 1,201,000 in cash and trophy while the first runner up Three Start bagged Rs 601,000 and trophy, organizing Sahara Club's Chairman Keshav Raj Baral said. Likewise, Army Club's Bimal Pandey was named the best player of the tournament and received an e-scooter. Army's Samit Shrestha was named the best goalkeeper, Army's Bimal Pandey was declared the best defender and Three Star's Bibek Poudel was announced the best midfielder while Army's Gilepsi Jung Karki was named as the best forward player and Army's Meghraj KC was named the best coach in the tournament and received Rs 25,000 each and trophy. Likewise, Army's Dinesh Hemjan bagged Rs 25,000 in cash for scoring the highest three goals in the tournament. Similarly, Jawalakhel Youth Club was named as the fair play team. Prior to this, the Tribhuvan Army Club had reached the final match in 2065 BS, 2066 BS, 2072 BS and 2075 BS. A total of 12 teams including a foreign team took part in the 23rd edition of the Aaha Rara Gold Cup.

Source: National News Agency Nepal

If we had scored 340/350, it could have been different: Shanto

DHAKA, Bangladesh stand-in captain Najmul Hossain believes

that their two run out dismissals changed the momentum of the game against

Australia.

According to him, things would have been different, if they could avoid those

two run outs as they were on course of a total no less than 350.

One run out is Shanto's himself as he was well set with 45 and the other one

is another set batter Mahmudullah Riyad who was dismissed on 32.

"I think for me the two run outs were crucial. The way we started was good

but after the two run outs, we lost momentum. If we scored 340-350, it could

have been different," Shanto who led the side in absence of injured Shakib Al

Hasan said after the match.

Bangladesh still posted 306-8, their highest total in this World Cup, thanks

to Towhid Hridoy's (74) maiden World Cup half-century. Australia overhauled

the target effortlessly with 32 balls to spare with Mitchell Marsh hammering

a brutal 132 ball-177 not out with 17 fours and nine sixes.

While the 340/350 could have applied more scoreboard pressure, Shanto also

lamented for the middle over bowling. Bangladesh in fact lacked a middle over

specialist bowler after fast bowler Ebadot Hossain was ruled out of the World

Cup with injury. No bowlers could have filled his place.

They put their belief on the spinners to give them some stability in middle

overs but they failed miserably.

"We did not bowl well in the middle overs (the spinners especially). The fast

bowlers bowled well. We need to improve in the middle overs," Shanto

lamented.

Bangladesh, however, ended their mission with two wins and seven defeats,

collecting four points from nine matches. From 2007-2019 they won three

matches in every World Cup and so stat-wise it became their worst World Cup

mission since 2007.

Shanto admitted that they didn't play as a team in this edition.

"We did not play our best at the World Cup as a team, in both bowing and

batting. Want to look at what we can do better moving forward. Mahmudullah

batted really well in the World Cup. Shakib bowled really well in a couple of

matches. It is not about individual performances. We will look back at all

nine matches and see where we have to improve as a team," he remarked.

Australia captain Pat Cummins said, the big chase with relative ease gave

them a confidence ahead of the semifinal game against South African.

"It was great. Great win leading to the semis, chasing a good total. We were

not at our sharpest in the first innings. It was a really good wicket. We

brought it back to a total that we could chase, not too upset with it,"

Cummins said.

He heaped praise of Mitchell Marsh who led the run-chase with massive

century.

"It was Outstanding. I thought it was impressive the way he finished off the

innings. The tempo that he played at was sustainable and he is a scary

prospect to have in the next week. Seven games in a row, even when we were

not at our best in some of those games, we came away with a win. Chasing 300-

plus was something we did not do earlier. Feels like everything is clicking

together."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Cricket stadium will be built as a project of national pride

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has said that the government will build a cricket stadium as a project of national pride.

Speaking at a programme here Tuesday in honour of the Nepali national men's cricket team that qualified for the 2024 T20 cricket world cup, he said, "The government will soon announce a cricket stadium to be built as a project of national pride."

On the occasion, the Prime Minister also lauded the team for enhancing the reputation of Nepal at the international level with an excellent performance. "After ten years, Nepal has qualified for the T20 world cup, please work hard for it as well," he said.

Noting that the Nepalis especially the youth have increased their attachment to the sport of cricket, he said, "This attachment has motivated the government as well. We are inspired to encourage the players, invest more for them and develop more sports infrastructure.”

Stating that the sports sector is an important sector that can increase the reputation of the country, the Prime Minister mentioned that the role of cricket is important in it. "The work of cricket stadiums in Bharatpur, Mulpani and Kirtipur will be accelerated."

Acknowledging that distribution of prize as an incentive to the cricketers has been delayed due to some legal and procedural problems, the Prime Minister said that the government will be fully aware that this does not happen in the future.

On the occasion, Captain of the Nepali cricket team, Rohit Paudel, said that he was very excited with the importance accorded by the government to the game of cricket. "We are grateful for the efforts of the government including to improve infrastructures at TU cricket stadium. We are confident that the rest of the work will be completed soon", said Captain Paudel.

Source: National News Agency RSS

Shakib, Shanto snap Bangladesh’s losing streak in World Cup

DHAKA, Captain Shakib Al Hasan led the side with a stellar allround performance as Bangladesh snapped its six-match losing streak in the ICC Cricket World Cup with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi today.

His two wickets for 57 runs and 65 ball-82, laced with 12 fours and two sixes, were instrumental in the victory which kept Bangladesh aloft for a spot in Champions Trophy after the hopes for a World Cup semifinal was ruined.

He was unsurprisingly was adjudged man of the match, which made him the first Bangladeshi player to get the award in two World Cups.

Najmul Hossain Shanto complemented his performance with 90 runs as Bangladesh hunted down Sri Lanka 279 (all out in 49.3 overs), with 282-7, leaving 53 balls unused.

The game became heated following Angelo Mathews's 'timed out' dismissal during Sri Lanka's innings. He took the time more than two minutes to be at the crease because of the broken strap of his helmet.

According to ICC playing conditions, opposition captain could appeal for dismissal if a batter takes more than two minutes to be at the crease. Sharp-minded Shakib Al Hasan took the advantage to dismiss Mathews, much to the despair of the Lankan players and fans.

It led to a sledging between the two teams and particularly Shakib was targeted while he was in the crease. However the captain's master class was accompanied by an astute serenity that made the victory almost cake-walk.

Bangladesh lost Tanzid Hasan Tamim in the third over of the chase after he scored 9 runs but Liton Das hit two fours and as many sixes to give the side a flying start.

Dilshan Madushanka trapped him leg-before, bringing Shakib to the crease amid a huge sledging. The under pressure skipper following the side's dismal World Cup show was hardly bothered as he went high gear from the outset to keep Lankan bowlers at bay.

His innings was not chanceless as he survived at the early in his innings due to the butter-fingered Sri Lankan fielders.

After his six-single digit figure, Shanto finally got his rhythm as he joined Shakib in accelerating the innings. The duo stitched 169-run for the third wicket to edge the side closer to the victory.

However one shot too many led Shakib's dismissal, that too off the bowling of Mathews who unsurprisingly gave Shakib an angry send-off.

Soon after the dismissal of Shakib who now stayed century-less since the 2019 World Cup, Shanto who hit a half-century in six-wicket win against Afghanistan in Bangladesh's first match, missed out his first World Cup ton by 10 runs. Mathews again was the bowler as he rattled Shanto's stump with scrambled seam.

Shanto hit 12 fours in his 101 balls knock. But Shakib's whirlwind batting ensured the asking run rate was under control. Bangladesh then lost Mahmudullah Riyad (22), Mushfiqur Rahim (10) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (3) cheaply but didn't find it tough to seal the deal with ease. Towhid Hridoy was not out on 15.

Earlier Charith Asalanka guided the side with his second ton, a 105 ball-108, studded with six fours and five sixes.

Opener Pathum Nissanka made next-best 41 while Dhananjaya de Silva scored 34.

Nissanka kept the side rolling after the dismissal of Kusal Perera (4) for single digit figure by pacer Shoriful Islam. Shakib got into act with the wicket of Kusal Mendis who made 19.

Sri Lanka got further setback when Tanzim Hasan Sakib who made his World Cup debut, got the better of Nissanka, leaving them at 72-3.

Asalanka took the onus and got an able support from Sadeera Samawickrama. Shakib returned and broke the dangerous partnership after they added 63 runs for the fourth wicket. Mathews was 'timed out' thereafter and Sri Lanka were at tricky 135-5.

As Bangladesh sensed a chance to bowl Sri Lankan out cheaply, Asalanka again resisted with the support from Dhananjaya. Mehidy Hasan Miraz broke through after they shared 68-run for the sixth wicket.

Asalanka drove the side past 250 and got out in the penultimate over by Tanzim Sakib who took three wickets on debut but was expensive as he conceded 80 runs in his 10 overs.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier Final: Nepal and Oman vying for title

Kathmandu: Hosts Nepal is facing Oman for the title of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier at TU cricket ground in Kirtipur today.

The match starts at 11:00 am with both sides vying for the winner's cup after successfully qualifying for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 to be held in the West Indies and USA.

Nepal defeated the United Arab Emirates by 8 wickets while Oman trounced Bahrain by 10 wickets to enter the final match of the qualifier, and also book a ticket to the T20 World Cup 2024.

In the last match of the group stage, hosts Nepal lost to Oman by 5 runs in a thriller held at the same ground on November 2.

Source: National News Agency RSS

T20 world cup qualifier: Nepal defeats Malaysia by 6 wickets

Kathmandu: Nepal defeated Malaysia by 6 wickets in the match held today under the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier final underway in Kathmandu.

In the match held at TU International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur, Nepal achieved the victory target of 166 runs set by Malaysia at the loss of 4 wickets in 18 overs.

Kushal Malla scored 65 runs in 34 while opener Kushal Bhurtel scored 43 runs to guide the host for a second successive victory. Aasif Sheikh contributed 32 runs while Sandeep Jora scored 18 runs.

For Malaysia, Mohammad Amir took 3 wickets and Pawandeep Singh took one wicket.

Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, Malaysia scored 165 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the scheduled 20 overs. Opener Syed Aziz scored the highest 68 runs while Zubaidi Zulkilfe contributed 24 runs to the Malaysian total.

For the bowling side, Abinash Bohora took 4 wickets while Sandeep Lamichhane, Gulsan Jha, Rohit Paudel took one wicket each.

In the first match, Nepal defeated Singapore by 8 wickets. In the qualifier, Nepal is in Group A also including Malaysia, Oman and Singapore. Group B comprises the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Hong Kong, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Nepal will now play against Oman on November 2.

Source: National News Agency - Nepal

Feeling better to get runs as I was low in confidence: Shakib

DHAKA, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said he felt better now after getting some runs despite his side's seven-wicket defeat to Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata today.

Shakib today got his highest individual score in this World Cup, making 43. He was key alongside Mahmudullah Riyad who hit 56 and Liton Das (45) to help Bangladesh put up 204 in 45.1 overs after a familiar top order collapse.

"We are not getting many runs from the top four batters. I was batting in the top four but I wasn't scoring. My confidence was low too. Luckily I got some runs, felling better now," Shakib told the broadcaster after the match.

"We can't put up enough runs, the wicket was really good, we lost early wickets again. There were some partnerships, but not big partnerships. Disappointing with the bat. Credit should go to Pakistan, the way they bowled and the way they batted in the first 10 overs."

This was Bangladesh's sixth defeats in the showcase event on the trot after starting the tournament with six-wicket win over Afghanistan.

Shakib stressed upon the requirements of collective performance which he said was absent at this moment.

"At this moment, changing too many things gets difficult. We have to keep moving forward. We have to perform together. We need collective performance, which is not happening. Two more matches, hopefully we can bounce back."

Shakib also said there is also lot to think about his batting position as the team is not enough runs from the top four.

He vowed to give the fans something back as they always get behind them.

"Hopefully we can bounce back. Everywhere we go, they (fans) keep supporting us. We have to give something back to them so they can smile."

Pakistan captain Babar Azam, meanwhile, felt relived after getting a myuch-needed victory following a four consecutive defeats. The victory however kept their semifinal hopes alive.

"All credit to the boys the way we played in all three departments. We know, if Fakhar bats for 20-30 overs, it's a different ball game, he played his natural game. Good to see him. We are trying to win the next two matches, we'll see where we stand," Babar said.

"We started well, the way Shaheen started. After 15-20 overs, they built a partnership, our main bowlers picked wickets. We picked wickets in the middle overs, which was crucial."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

It’s very unlike Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan

DHAKA, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan lamented their poor batting performance, saying that the batting performance they demonstrated in the ICC Cricket World Cup is not Bangladesh-like.

His comment came after Bangladesh's crushing defeat to Netherlands, a team which is trying to find its feet into the International Cricket.

"We have been poor with the bat all tournament and this is as bad as it gets," Shakib told the broadcaster after their 87-run defeat to the Dutch at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

"Throughout the tournament we have been struggling, I don't know what's on the players' minds. It's very unlike the Bangladesh team."

Bangladesh were expected to win this match and also were favourtie when they bundled out Netherlands for 229, a score looked easier to chase in a pitch that suited the Tigers more than the Dutch.

But their poor batting led the downfall as they were bowled out for just 142 to concede their fifth straight defeat in the tournament.

Shakib however held poor fielding responsible also, saying that they should have bowled out Netherlands below 200. Bangladesh dropped Dutch captain Scott Edwards twice early in his innings in the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman. Edwards hit 68 to help Netherlands propel past 200.

"I thought we bowled really well but we were sloppy in the field. We should have restricted them to 160-170 from the position we were in," Shakib said.

Shakib said it's tough to motivate themselves after such a disappointing performance but still he wants to finish on high, winning the last three matches.

"There is more cricket to come and we have to pick up ourselves and I know it's hard but we have to try to finish the tournament on a high."

Throughout the tournament we have been struggling, I don't know what's on the players' minds."

The Kolkata's Eden Gardens were filled with Bangladesh fans, as the city was very close to Bangladesh. However some the fans booed Shakib after he was dismissed for 5.

Shakib was similarly booed by the fans in Mirpur when he came for training with his childhood mentor Najmul Abedin Fahim ahead of the match against Netherlands.

But he had no grudge over the fans, saying: "The fans have been supporting us through our ups and downs."

Scott Edwards, the Netherlands skipper, was over the moon after their second victory in the tournament. He believes their hard work paid off.

"I was sort of speaking to a couple of guys and we thought that if we could get somewhere around 220+, we would have a chance," Edwards said.

"The bowlers have been brilliant. Probably a bit of everything. The system has been getting better in Netherlands. We have had a good 18 months. We feel like we are putting the work in and we are getting some of those rewards. We spoke at the start of the tournament about giving us a chance at the semis and that looks tricky but that'll remain out goal."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Nepal sets 163-run target for UAE in finals of Tri-Nation T20 International Series

Kathmandu: Nepal has posted a 163-run target for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the finals under the Tri-Nation T20 International Series underway in Kathmandu. The match is being held at Kirtipur-based Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground. Losing the toss and batting first, Nepal made 162 runs in allotted 20 overs losing eight wickets.

For Nepal , Kushal Bhurtel hit a half century off 28 balls with six fours and three sixes. Similarly, Karan KC made 23 not out off 17 balls. His score included two boundaries and one six. Dipendra Singh Airee hit 20 off 15 with one six and one four. Captain Rohit Kumar Paudel contributed 18 off 17 with one boundary, Sompal Kami 13, Sandip Jora 10, Aasif Sheikh seven, Gulshan Jha five and Kushal Malla one. For UAE, Aayan Afzal Khan took three wickets singlehandedly. Similarly, Zahoor Khan and Ali Naseer claimed two each, and Junaid Siddique one. The UAE is batting.

Source: National News Agency - Nepal

UAE beats Hong Kong in T20 triangular series

Kathmandu: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has defeated Hong Kong by six wickets in a march today under the T20 triangular series.

In the match played at Mulpani Cricket Groun in Kathmandu on Sunday, UAE chased the 150-run target set by Hong King at the loss of four wickets.

UAE Captain Muhammad Waseem gathered 40 runs off 17 balls with four fours and three sixes while Khalid Shah contributed 37 runs for the country.

Put into bat after losing toss, Hong Kong made 149 runs at the loss of five wickets in the allotted 20 overs match.

Babar Hayat scored 66 runs with three fours and five sixes facing 45 balls. Likewise, Ezaz Khan secured 48 runs. Hayat and Khan made 113 runs partnership for fourth wicket.

Zahoor Khan of UAE took four wickets while Nilansh Keswani sent two batsmen to pavilion.

Nepal and UAE are set for final match under the series on Monday.

Source: National News Agency RSS

National phase of Bangabandhu Inter-College Football Tournament inaugurated

DHAKA, The national phase game of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Inter-College Football Tournament began today at Mohammadpur Govt. Physical Education College ground in the city.

State Minister for Youth and Sports Mohammad Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP, formally inaugurated the meet as the chief guest.

Youth and Sports Secretary Dr. Mohiuddin Ahmed presided over the opening ceremony of the competition, which is being held with the cooperation of Department of Sports under the initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Ministry's Additional Secretary Mostafa Kamal Majumder, Director of Sports Department ANM Toriqul Islam, former national footballers Md. Abdul Ghaffar, Sheikh Md. Aslam and Khandaker Rakibul Islam were also present on the occasion.

Speaking as the chief guest on the occasion, the state minister said the ministry launched the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Under-17 Football Tournament for the first time in the tenure of the current government in 2018 and organized the Bangabandhu Inter-University Sports Championship with the students of all the public and private universities of the country.

He said in continuation of this, initiative has been taken to organize Bangabandhu Inter-College Football Tournament. Nationwide Bangamata Intercollegiate Football tournament for boys' as well as girls' would be introduced from next year.

Russel said advanced training would be conducted in the country and abroad with the best selected from all these tournaments.

On the first day of the meet, Adamji Cantonment College of Dhaka division team beat Bhatara Higher Secondary School of Jamalpur district 3-0 goals.

Atiq Shahriar scored two goals and Sabbir Hossain Mollah netted the other one goal for the winning side.

In the day's second match, Krishnagobindpur Degree College of Chapainawabganj district confirmed the quarter final spot beating Fenchuganj Government College 3-2 goals in penalty shootout after the regulation time ended goalless draw.

Earlier, 15912 contestants from 884 colleges participated in this higher secondary level competition. The best two teams of the district level got the opportunity to participate in the divisional competition.

A total of 2304 players from 128 colleges participated in the divisional phase and sixteen teams including the champions and runners-up teams from each division are taking part in the national phase.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Army, Navy reach final round of Independence Cup

DHAKA, -Bangladesh Army football team and Bangladesh Navy

football team moved to the final round as the qualifying round of

Independence Cup football has begun from today (Friday) at Birshreshtha

Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city's Kamalapur.

In the day's first match, Bangladesh Army blanked ten men Bangladesh Air

Force by 2-0 goals with Raihan and Mijanur scored one goal each for the

winners in the 57th 89th minutes respectively.

In the day's second match, Bangladesh Navy beat Dhaka University Football

team also by the same identical margin of 2-0 goals with Akash and Abu Sayed

netted one goal apiece for Navy in the 24th and 72nd minutes respectively.

Although Dhaka University lost the first match, but they still have the

chance to go to the final round.

Dhaka University will take on Air Force in the batte of final round to be

held on Monday (Oct 23) at the same venue. The winning team of that match

will qualify for the final round Independence Cup.

The Independence Cup will be held with the participation of thirteen clubs of

premier league and three teams from the qualifiers.

The Independence Cup will begin from October 27. The draw will be held before

this competition.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha