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Lionel Messi wins men's Ballon d'Or for seventh time

Publish: 09:40 AM, 30 Nov, 2021


Lionel Messi won the men's Ballon d'Or award for a record-extending seventh time at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

Messi won the last edition of the Ballon d'Or in 2019 before last year's awards were canceled due to the pandemic. He also won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and in 2015.

The 34-year-old scored 38 goals in 48 games last season for Barcelona and won the Copa del Rey before captaining Argentina to Copa America glory in July.

That was the first major international title of his glittering career, which had been spent entirely with Barcelona before his tearful departure from the Camp Nou in August and subsequent move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi has played just 11 games for PSG so far, scoring four goals, but he was rewarded as much as anything for his continued brilliance down the years.

He has now won the Ballon d'Or twice more than his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo -- between them, they have won 12 of the last 13 editions with the exception coming in 2018 when Luka Modric claimed the prize.

Prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski finished second and Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was third in the voting by a jury of journalists from around the world.

Spain starlet Pedri won the Kopa Trophy for the best player aged under 21 at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in Paris on Monday, while Italy's Gianluigi Donnarumma was named the best goalkeeper.

Barcelona midfielder Pedri, who only turned 19 last Thursday, was a key player for Spain as they reached the semi-finals of the European Championship and featured in their side that lost in the men's Olympic football final against Brazil in Tokyo.

In addition, he played 52 games for Barcelona, helping them win the Copa del Rey.

Pedri, who joined Barca from Las Palmas last year, recently extended his contract at Camp Nou to 2026.

The Kopa Trophy is named after Raymond Kopa, the Real Madrid and France star of the post-war era who won the Ballon d'Or in 1958.

France forward Kylian Mbappe was the inaugural winner of the prize in 2018, and Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus and the Netherlands won it in 2019.

There was no Ballon d'Or awards ceremony last year because of the pandemic.

Donnarumma won the Yashin Trophy for the best goalkeeper after his outstanding performances in Italy's glorious Euro 2020 campaign.

The 22-year-old left AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain following the European Championship.

Liverpool and Brazil star Alisson was the first winner in 2019 of the Yashin Trophy, named after former USSR icon Lev Yashin.

Spain's Alexia Putellas wins women's Ballon d'Or

Alexia Putellas of Barcelona and Spain won the women's Ballon d'Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday, completing a remarkable year for the 27-year-old.

Putellas is the third winner of the prize, following in the footsteps of Ada Hegerberg, who won the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or in 2018, and United States World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, winner in 2019.

The 2020 Ballon d'Or awards were canceled because of the pandemic.

Putellas captained Barcelona to victory in this year's Champions League, scoring a penalty in the final as her side hammered Chelsea 4-0 in Gothenburg.

She also won a Spanish league and cup double with Barca, the club she joined as a teenager in 2012, and helped her country qualify for the upcoming Women's Euro in England.

Her Barcelona and Spain teammate Jennifer Hermoso finished second in the voting, with Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Australia coming in third.

It completes an award double for Putellas, who in August was named player of the year by European football's governing body UEFA.


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Tamim Iqbal adamant in his decision

Publish: 09:56 AM, 25 Jan, 2022


Tamim doesn't want to play in the International Twenty20 anymore. When BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon recently reported that, the national team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon said he would try to get Tamim back from his decision. However, the latest news is that Tamim's meeting with Sujon did not bring any positive result. Tamim Iqbal, the opener of the national team is adamant in his decision about not to play in the Twenty20 International matches.

The country's best opener has not been seen wearing a national team jersey in the short version of cricket since the Zimbabwe series in 2020. He even withdrew himself from the T20 World Cup squad.

National team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon discussed Tamim's decision with him. That discussion on Sunday was not fruitful. Tamim is unlikely to return to the Twenty20 Internationals.

Last Saturday, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon also told the media that Tamim was adamant about not playing T20. However, he wants to continue ODI and Test cricket.

Tamim Iqbal   BCB   Khaled Mahmud Sujon  


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U19 World Cup: Tigers' performance in the group stage


Under-19 cricket World Cup is underway. Last year's champion Bangladesh team successfully passed the group stage again. Bangladesh won two of the three matches in the group stage and lost one. The Rakibuls have entered the quarter finals as group runners up. Before the start of the Youth World Cup, Bangladesh youth team captain Rakibul said that their goal is to play in the semi-finals. The team is also walking in that path. Before going to the field in the quarter finals, let's take a look at the performance of the Bangladesh team in the three matches of the group stage:

 Bangladesh vs England: The youngsters of Bangladesh played against England in their first match in the group stage of the Under-19 World Cup. In their first match, Bangladesh team performed very poorly. They went down to bat first and were bowled out for only 97 runs. In the end, if bowler Ripon Mandal had not scored 33 runs, there would have been doubts as to whether Bangladesh would have scored half a century. Bangladesh did not get much in batting in that match. Ripon Mandal's 33-run innings proved that he has the ability to score runs with the bat at the end.

Bangladesh was also dull at bowling in that match. It is also normal to be dull. Because, it is foolish to expect to win after scoring 97 runs against a team like England in a match of 50 overs. In that match Bangladesh bowlers were able to take 3 wickets. The match was lost by 7 wickets.

 Bangladesh vs Canada: After losing the first match, Bangladesh team focused more on practice, especially batting. Bangladesh also got the result of rigorous practice. The Rakibuls picked up a big win of 8 wickets in their second match. Not only did they win against Canada, but Bangladesh won the match with a bang.

Canada scored 136 runs before batting against Bangladesh. Ripon Mandal was great with the ball that day. He took 4 wickets for 24 runs. Like Ripon, Meherb was brilliant with the ball. He also took 4 wickets. It did not cost much for Bangladesh to bat down in reply to 137 runs. Iftir's unbeaten 61 and Nabil's 33 helped the Tigers to an 8-wicket victory with almost 20 overs to spare.

 Bangladesh vs UAE: Rain interrupted the third and final match of the group stage. Bangladesh won the match by 9 wickets against the United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh also batted later in that match. Batting for 50 overs seemed to be the ultimate goal of the UAE. Despite much efforts, they could not bat for full 50 overs. Batting like a test innings they managed to survive till 48.1 overs. The UAE gave Bangladesh a target of 149 runs in that match. Rain disrupted the match after batting for that goal a little and the new target for Bangladesh was 107 runs. Bangladesh achieved that target with 9 wickets and 25 overs in hand.

Passing the group stage, Bangladesh team is now in the quarter finals. Bangladesh will have to fight against India in the quarter finals. Which is one of the strongest teams of the event. Winning against India is not going to be easy, but it is also not impossible. It remains to be seen whether Bangladesh will be able to reach the semi-finals after winning against India.

Bangladesh   Cricket   U-19 World Cup  


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Shakib, Mushfiq and Fizz in ICC ODI team of year

Publish: 03:25 PM, 20 Jan, 2022


Bangladesh have highest three places in International Cricket Council's ODI team of the year as Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman were rewarded for their consistency in the 50-over format in 2021.

It was another year, another Shakib masterclass as the veteran all-rounder continued to showcase his class for Bangladesh, said ICC in its official website Thursday.

In nine matches, he managed to score 277 runs at an average of 39.57 with two half-centuries.

He also scalped up 17 wickets at an average of 17.52.

He was in full flight in his return to international cricket in the series against West Indies at home, where he was adjudged the Player of the Series for his efforts.

Mushfiq too continued to be a solid contributor to Bangladesh's cause.

Playing nine matches, he aggregated 407 runs at an average of 58.14 with one century.

Typically, busy at the crease, Mushfiq ran hard to accumulate his runs while playing some glorious shots in between.

Meanwhile, Mustafizur, who got selected in ICC's T20I team of the year Wednesday, again ruled the roost with his clever variations and change of pace.

Lethal up front and at the death, he scalped 18 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 21.55.

He also proved tough for the batters to get away as proven by his economy of 5.03.

ICC ODI team of the year

Paul Stirling, Janneman Malan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Rassie van der Dussen, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mustafizur Rahman, Simi Singh, Dushmantha Chameera.


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U19 Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh's chance to turn around

Publish: 09:36 AM, 20 Jan, 2022


The journey to the Youth World Cup was not good for the youth of Bangladesh to retain the title. Bangladesh started their journey in the World Cup by losing to England in their first match. After overcoming the mistakes of that match, the world winning youth will take the field against Canada in their second match today. The Rakibuls will take to the field at Warner Park in St. Kitts at 7 pm Bangladesh time. Bangladesh is thinking of nothing but winning against a relatively weak opponent Canada. Canada has already been knocked out of the event after losing to the United Arab Emirates and England.

In order to win against Canada, Bangladesh has to pay a lot of attention to batting. The bowling and fielding against the English in the first match was not bad, but the main reason for Bangladesh's defeat in that match was the extreme failure of the batsmen. The cricketers have also paid extra attention to batting in the last few days of practice before going on the field against Canada.

Bangladesh captain Rakibul has also hinted that Bangladesh batsmen will ignite against Canada. He said his team is thinking of nothing but a win against Canada. Rakibul said, "I want to turn around with strong batting in the next match.

With a big win in their second match, the Bangladesh team will pick up the first victory of their current World Cup journey, that is the expectation of cricket fans. At the same time, cricket fans believe that the current champions will fight for the title till the end.

U19 Cricket World Cup   Bangladesh  


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Bangladesh wins by huge margin against Malaysia

Publish: 10:44 AM, 18 Jan, 2022


Cricket has been included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time. The main episode of the Games will be held in Birmingham from 28 July to 8 August this year. Before that, the qualifiers started in Malaysia. Bangladesh women's cricketers got an easy and big win against Malaysia in the first match of the qualifying round. Malaysia scored 48 runs for the loss of 9 wickets at the end of 20 overs. Rumana Ahmed and Suraiya Ajmin took 2 wickets each for Bangladesh. Bangladesh won the match quickly after batting for 49 runs. Bangladesh won the match with 72 balls in hand. Bangladesh's Shamima Sultana played a stormy innings of 28 off 19 balls. Besides, 14 runs came from Murshida's bat.

BCB   Bangladesh women's cricket