`Confident` Dhoni insists India upbeat over World T20 title

News4u-Sports Desk- India’s limited-over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday expressed confidence on winning the upcoming World T20 in the country, saying that the team has all the required ingredients and qualities needed to clinch the title.

“I have the belief and also the talent as required to win a big tournament. This team has all the ingredient. What will be important is to keep the team fit and at the same time try to give as many games as to all the individuals who are the part of the side. A lot of that will also depend upon where we are positioned in the tournament, in Asia Cup, especially. After which we have two games before the World T20 Cup starts. I feel if everybody gets chance to play, it will be very good for us,” Dhoni told the media ahead of Asia Cup.

Reflecting on his side’s strategy, the 34-year-old said that India would try to dismiss the big hitters as early as possible in order to keep the match in their favour.

“It’s all about the team and the talent you have. But ultimately you have to go and do well on the field. That’s what cricket is all about. In this format, you have to keep the big hitters away from the game. If you are playing against a team that have two big hitters. You have to make sure that they don’t score a runs because if the big hitters are scoring the run then they will usually take the game from you,” he added.

The wicketkeeper-batsman also hoped for fast bowler Mohammad Shami’s quick fitness, insisting that he would strengthen his side’s bowling attack.

Shami has been ruled out of the Asia Cup due to hamstring injury. His availibility for World T20 is also unlikely.

“Of course he will have to prove his fitness. If he doesn’t, we have replacement. He has been one bowler who has bowled really well for us with the new ball and also at the depth. If he will be fit then our bowling attack will look better,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni further expressed his views on New Zealand retiring skipper Brendon McCullum, who smashed the fastest Test century during his side’s second Test against Australia.

He took just 54 balls to reach the three-figure landmark, surpassing former West Indies skipper Vivian Richards and Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq’s record of 56 balls.

Dhoni lavished praise on McCullum and described him as a good ambassador of cricket.

“He is just a fantastic cricketer. He is also a wicketkeeper-batsman. He has played a lot of ODI, T20s for New Zealand. He is the kind of batsman who really entertains the crowd right from the very first ball. He has been a very good brand ambassador when it comes to cricket,” Dhoni insisted.

India are going into next week’s Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh as the number one team in the world and will aim to lift the shortest format’s pinnacle event title for a second time. (ANI)

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Earthquake leaves scores injured in Bangladesh

News4u-News Desk- A 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted Bangladesh, leaving scores injured, with Myanmar-India border region as its epicenter.

The earthquake hit about 33km northwest of Imphal in northeast India, near its border with Myanmar and Bangladesh, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The USGS estimated that as many as 98 million people in the region may have felt the earthquake

At least 16 students were injured at Dhaka University (DU) while coming out of dormitories hurriedly. The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), The Daily Star reported.

Meanwhile, at least 40 people, who were injured while rushing for safer places, were admitted to DMCH. (ANI)

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Avijit Roy’s book publisher hacked to death in Dhaka

News4u-News Desk- The publisher of author Avijit Roy, who was slain by extremists earlier this year for his critical view on religion, was hacked to death on Saturday in Dhaka.

Faisal Arefin’s publishing house Jagriti Prakashani had published Roy’s book Biswasher Virus ( The Virus of Faith).

In August, three people were detained by the Bangladesh Police in connection with the murder of Avijit Roy and secularist blogger Ananta Bijoy Das.

Das used to write blogs Mukto-Mona, a website once moderated by Avijit Roy.

Roy, who moderated the website and spoke out against religious intolerance, was killed in a machete attack while he visited Dhaka in February.

His murder had sparked widespread street protests from students and social activists, who accused the law enforcement authorities of failing to protect critics of religious bigotry.

Another blogger, Washiqur Rahman , too, was hacked to death in Dhaka in March. (ANI)

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Bangladesh claim spot in Champion’s Trophy

News4u-Sports Desk-Bangladesh’s breakout year in one-day cricket has earned them a place in the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006, the International Cricket Council has confirmed.

Bangladesh has replaced the West Indies among the eight sides to contest the 2017 tournament, which will be played in England.

An excellent showing in the World Cup earlier this year saw Bangladesh defeat England to advance to the quarter finals.

Since, they have won ODI series against Pakistan, India and South Africa, helping them jump from ninth to seventh in the ICC’s ODI rankings.

Pakistan were ranked ninth earlier this year and faced the genuine prospect of missing the Champions Trophy tournament, but were saved after winning series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

The West Indies have not played a one-day match since the World Cup, with a lack of matches denying them a chance to rise up the rankings, with September 30 the cut-off date for qualification.

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India to allow minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh to stay without papers

News4u-News Desk- India today decided to allow minority refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan to stay in this country even after expiry of their visas on humanitarian grounds.

The central government has decided, on humanitarian considerations to exempt Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals belonging to minority communities who have entered India on or before December 31, 2014.

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It’s a ‘dream start’ to my ODI career, says Kagiso Rabada

News4u-Sports Desk- Kagiso Rabada, who made a stunning entry to one day international (ODI) cricket by picking up a hat-trick on his debut, said that he had not expected this and added that it was a ‘dream start’ to his career.

Young speedster Rabada also registered the best debut figures in an ODI by returning figures of 6-16 and guided South Africa to an emphatic eight wicket win over Bangladesh in the first ODI of the three-match series.

Rabada said that it was a dream start to his career and also revealed that Tamim Iqbal’s wicket was the priced one out of all six, Sport24 reported.

Revealing about his emotions before the hat-trick ball, he said that he did not know what to bowl, adding that he went in there trying to execute good length, good line and varying it up with some bouncers and yorkers that the team have been working on in practice sessions.

Rabada insisted that he feels no added pressure to his international career post his record-breaking performance, and said that he would continue with the simple approach to his game. (ANI)

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India’s push to save its cows starves Bangladesh of beef

News4u-News Desk-Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government this year - stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-majority neighbour.

Roughly every other night, troops armed with bamboo sticks and ropes wade through jute and paddy fields and swim across ponds to chase ageing bovines, and smugglers, headed for markets in Bangladesh.

The crackdown is one of the clearest signs yet of how Indian policies, increasingly influenced by Hindu nationalist ideology, are having an economic impact on neighbouring countries as well as the sizeable Muslim minority at home.

About 2 million head of cattle are smuggled into Bangladesh annually from India. The $600 million-a-year trade has flourished over the past four decades and is considered legal by Dhaka.

Modi’s government, which came to power with the help of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), wants to put an end to it.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh travelled this spring to the frontier with Bangladesh, calling on the Border Security Force (BSF) to halt cattle smuggling completely so that the “people of Bangladesh give up eating beef”, media reported at the time.

“Killing or smuggling a cow is equivalent to raping a Hindu girl or destroying a Hindu temple,” said Jishnu Basu, an RSS spokesman in West Bengal, which shares a 2,216 km (1,375 miles) border with Bangladesh.

BEEF PRICES UP, EXPORTS DOWN

So far this year, BSF soldiers have seized 90,000 cattle and caught 400 Indian and Bangladeshi smugglers.

Bangladeshi traders who operate auctions to facilitate the sale of cattle to slaughter houses, beef processing units, tanneries and bone crushing factories estimate the industry contributed 3 percent to the country’s $190 billion economy.

The hit to GDP from India’s policies is not yet known. But H.T. Imam, a political adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said there was “absolutely no doubt” that the beef trade and leather industry were suffering.

Syed Hasan Habib of Bengal Meat, Bangladesh’s top beef exporter, said it had to cut international orders by 75 percent. The company exports 125 tonnes of beef a year to Gulf countries.

He said the price of cows had gone up by 40 percent over the past six months because of India’s move, and they had been forced to close two processing units.

Habib plans to import cows from Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar to meet domestic demand, but he said Indian cows had better quality meat and raw hide.

Bangladesh Tanners Association president Shaheen Ahmed said 30 of 190 tanneries had suspended work due to lack of hides, and about 4,000 workers were jobless.

A senior official in India’s home ministry said Bangladesh should find new sources of beef because India would stick to its stance.

COW PROTECTION FORCE

India is home to 300 million cattle and is the world’s largest beef exporter and fifth-biggest consumer.

But since Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is closely linked to the RSS, came to power last year, the rhetoric on cow protection and the beef ban has increased.

Critics say tougher anti-beef laws discriminate against Muslims, Christians and lower-caste Hindus who rely on the cheap meat for protein. Butchers and cattle traders, many of them Muslim, say the push threatens thousands of jobs.

The rhetoric has also emboldened vigilante cow protectors.

“I was chained to a tree and beaten by members of the cow protection force. They forced me to recite a Hindu prayer,” said Mohammed Tarafdar, who was caught smuggling two calves near the Bangladesh border in April.

“My religion permits me to eat and sell beef, so why should Hindus have a problem?” said Tarafdar, sitting in a crammed prison cell in Basirhat district.Some BSF soldiers said they could not understand why they were chasing cows. Some animals are caught and auctioned by the BSF, only to be bought and smuggled again.

Two soldiers were killed by a gang of Bangladeshi smugglers, while three dozen have been injured by the animals.

“It is a wild chase, but not of a kind a soldier appreciates,” said Vivek Tyagi, a BSF commander at the Ghojadanga check post.Reuters

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India beat Bangladesh by 77 runs

News4u-Sports Desk- India on Wednesday registered their first win in Bangladesh after beating the hosts in the third and final game of the bilateral ODI series by 77 runs.

Batting first, the Men in Blue registered their highest score of the series, posting a daunting 318-run target for the hosts at Dhaka, thanks to contrasting fifties from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan.

While Dhawan (75) continued his form with the bat, Dhoni and Ambati Rayadu provided an able support by scoring 69 and 44 respectively. Subsequently, Suresh Raina smacked a brisk 38 off 21 balls to help India finally set a formidable target for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Mushrafe Mortaza was the pick of the bowler for the hosts as he claimed three wickets in a slow pitch and was ably supported by Mustafizur.

In reply, Bangladesh got off to a sluggish start, with Dhawal Kulkarni providing India with something that had eluded them throughout the series - an early breakthrough - with Tamim Iqbal dismissed for just five runs. Thereafter, many Bangladesh batsmen got off to good starts but were unable to convert them into a big score, with Soumya Sarkar (40), Litton Das (34) and Sabbir Rahman (43) all falling just when they seemed to be taking the match away from India.

Once Rahman was dismissed with only 197 runs on the board, it was all over for the hosts, India picking up the remaining four wickets with little fuss.

Suresh Raina was the best bowler for India, picking up three wickets for 45 runs, while Kulkarni and Ravichandran Ashwin contributed with useful figures of 2/34 and 2/35 respectively.

However, Bangladesh have already clinched the series after winning the first two games of the series. This is their first ODI series win over India. (ANI)

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Ex-cricketer Chetan Chauhan wants Dhoni to continue till T20 WC

News4u-Sports Desk- Ex-cricketer Chetan Chauhan believes that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not the only person to blame for India’s loss against Bangladesh, holding the whole team responsible for the defeat.

“The players looked tired and it seemed that they just wanted to complete the formality. I would not blame the captain alone but the entire team and the entire management for the debacle against Bangladesh,” Chauhan said.

Dhoni has been facing criticism from all corners after the humiliating defeat in Bangladesh and earlier offered to step down from as captain.

” Dhoni is saying this thing because he wants to own the responsibility as he was the leader of the team and it was always that the captain is more responsible and more accountable,” Chauhan opined. “We should not forget the laurels that he has brought to the country and thus he should continue till T-20World Cup and then see how he fares,” he added.

India lost the first two ODIs against Bangladesh, with the hosts seemingly making light work of the higher-ranked team. They two teams play the final match of the bilateral series on June 24. (ANI)

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Bangladesh beat India by 79 runs

News4u-Sports Desk- DHAKA: Bangladesh beat India by 79 runs in their first game of the three-match ODI series at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in city’s Mirpur on Thursday.

Chasing Bangladesh’s 308-run target, Team India were all out for 228 runs in 46 overs in their first ODI match against India at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday.

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina scored 63, 30 and 40 runs respectively.

Mustafizur Rahman grabbed five wickets and became player of match. Shakib and Taskin bagged two wickets each.

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and elected to bat first. The match kicked off at 3:00pm local time.

The host team scored 307-run, the highest team total losing all wickets in 49.4-over. Tamim, Soumya, Shakib and Sabbir Rahman took 60, 54, 52 and 41 respectively before going back to pavilion.

Ashwin took three wickets while B Kumar and UT Yadav took two wickets each. Jadeja and MM Sharma took one each while Soumya was run out by Raina.

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