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Ronaldo responds to "lies" about his Ballon d'Or rivalry with Lionel Messi.

Publish: 11:56 AM, 30 Nov, 2021


Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at comments made by Ballon d'Or organizer Pascal Ferre, saying the editor-in-chief of France Football "lied" about his rivalry with Lionel Messi.

Ferre told the New York Times on Friday that Manchester United forward Ronaldo's sole ambition was to retire with more of the awards for the world's best player than Messi.

Argentine Messi, who joined Paris St Germain on a free transfer from Barcelona during the close season, beat Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to claim a record-extending seventh Ballon d'Or award.

"Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for," Ronaldo, who has won the award five times, said in an Instagram post on Monday.

"It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d'Or."

France Football did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on Ronaldo's post.

"I always win for myself and for the clubs I represent, I win for myself and for those who love me. I don't win against someone," added the Portugal forward.

"The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football."


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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