• Bangladesh says World T20 safe after Windies pull out
  • Taranco meets with AL, Jamaat delegations
  • West Indies U-19s cancel Bangladesh tour
  • Court permits police to quiz Hannan, Rizvi at jail gate
  • Boy killed in Sirajganj as blockade continues for 3rd day amid violence, UPDATE
  • JP ministers not attending cabinet meeting
  • Environmentalists hail China shark fin ban at official banquets
  • More than 70 leaders expected for Mandela memorial, funeral
  • ICT closes cross-examination of 15th witness
  • Thai PM calls elections as 100,000 join protests
  • Lawyers to meet Quader Molla Tuesday
  • Legal notice served on govt against Mollah's execution
  • Opposition blockade extended to 6:00am Friday
  • Solution lies in political will, readiness to compromise: Taranco
  • Red notice for Tarique dropped
  • State defence submits list of witnesses to defend Khokon in war crimes trial
  • Jamaat calls strike on Tuesday
  • Important talks taking place: CEC
  • Taranco holds meeting with Khaleda
  • Khaleda sits in emergency meeting with party leaders
  • Chhatra Dal leader shot dead in Jessore
  • BSF detains two Bangladeshi at Thakurgaon border
Print Friendly and PDF

Blast rocks West Indies U-19s

Staff Correspondent

The West Indies Under-19 cricket team players look bemused after a bomb blast near their hotel in Chittagong on Sunday. — Courtesy photo  The West Indies Under-19 cricket team players look bemused after a bomb blast near their hotel in Chittagong on Sunday. — Courtesy photo

The second youth one-day international between the West Indies and Bangladesh U-19 teams was postponed for a day after a blast near the visiting team’s hotel, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Sunday.
The match had been scheduled for Sunday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
The BCB said that a small bomb exploded outside the Agrabad hotel  –  where the West Indies U-19s are staying – on the roof of a pastry shop around 8:45pm on Saturday, leaving the visitors extremely scared.
The West Indies U-19 team, who are currently involved in a seven-match series against their Bangladeshi counterparts, refused to play the match or continue the tour following the blast, officials said.
The incident sent a wave of chills through the BCB headquarters in Dhaka, with Bangladesh preparing to host two high-profile international competitions – the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 – and a bilateral series against Sri Lanka early next year.
BCB cricket operations chief Akram Khan, who was in his hometown Chittagong, rushed to the hotel and held a series of meetings with the tourists and top officials of local security agencies to convince the visitors to continue  the series.
‘The security agencies have assured the players and management that there was no risk to their safety,’ Akram later said in a statement. ‘Nevertheless, security measures will be reinforced further as we will not compromise with matters that concern the well-being of international teams.’
The West Indies U-19 side have expressed their confidence in the arrangements and it has been decided that the second match will get underway tomorrow [Monday],’ said Akram.
The BCB also decided to change the venue of the third match on December 11 from Cox’s Bazar to Chittagong in a move to limit the amount of travelling the teams will have to do during the series. The rest of the itinerary of the seven-game series will remain unchanged.
The West Indies Cricket Board also issued a statement, which said they were closely working with the BCB to ensure the continued safety of the team. 
In the statement, the WICB said the visitors were ‘not targeted’ and ‘not in any immediate danger’.
‘The team gathered shortly after the incident and are safe at their team hotel and have been afforded additional security protection.
 ‘The WICB thanks the BCB and Bangladeshi authorities for their efforts in hosting and providing security for the team.
 ‘The WICB is contacting the parents and guardians of all the players and will provide further updates as necessary,’ it added.
‘The WICB management has been in contact with team manager Altamont Solomon and will continue to receive regular briefings.’
The Bangladesh U-19s currently lead the series 1-0.

Reader’s Comment

comments powered by Disqus

Blast rocks West Indies U-19s

The West Indies Under-19 cricket team players look bemused after a bomb blast near their hotel in Chittagong on Sunday. — Courtesy photo
The second youth one-day international between the West Indies and Bangladesh U-19 teams was postponed for a day after a blast near the visiting team̢۪s hotel, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Sunday. Full story

BCB out for damage control

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is looking for damage control after a small bomb exploded outside Hotel Agrabad in Chittagong on Sunday creating panic among the visiting West Indies Under-19 team. Bangladesh are... Full story

Aussies just four wickets away

Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson (L) and England batsman Ben Stokes (R) exchange words as Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena (C) tries to intervene during day four of their second Ashes Test match in Adelaide on Sunday. — AFP photo
Beleaguered England survived their first full day of resistance Sunday but the prospect of another heavy defeat loomed large heading into the final day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. The Ashes holders were... Full story

BFF coaching shuffle on cards

The Bangladesh Football Federation is likely to shake-up its coaching ranks when coaches̢۪ contracts expire on December 31, highlighted by the addition of coaches̢۪ instructor Saiful Bari Titu. The proposed coaching shuffle comes... Full story

Tigers fitness training starts today

The Bangladesh national team and A team back to their business today as they will have fitness training before the three-match T20 Challenge Series staring from December 11. The fitness camp was... Full story

Tensions rise in Ashes Test battle

A physical confrontation and verbal sparring again marred a tense day on Sunday as Australia closed in on victory over England in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. Australia̢۪s fearsome fast bowler Mitchell Johnson appeared to... Full story

Hello ICC, I am not cheat, says Cairns

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns on Sunday challenged ICC to contact him directly after being linked with match-fixing allegations and lashed out at media for maligning his name. In an article in the ‘Dominion Post’, Cairns... Full story

Good start for Zia in London Chess

Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman of Dhaka Mohammedan won his first round game in the 5th London Chess Classic FIDE Open that began on Saturday in Olympia Conference Center in Kensington in London. In the first round matches, Zia beat CM Puccini Jack of Australia. Full story

Sharif wins third round in GM Chess

Sharif Hossain won his third round match in the SREI International Grandmaster Chess Tournament (Kolkata) now being held in Town hall in Kolkata. In the day̢۪s third round matches, M Sharif of Titas Club beat... Full story

Real held by lowly Xativa

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is seen downheaded after missing a goal scoring opportunity during their Copa del Rey match against Olimpic de Xativa at the La Murta stadium in Xativa on Saturday. — AFP photo
Real Madrid badly missed the firepower of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as they were held 0-0 away to third tier Olimpic Xativa in the first-leg of their Copa del Rey fourth round tie on Saturday. With Ronaldo suspended... Full story

Roma end draw sequence

AS Roma’s Maicon (C) scores his team’s opening goal against Fiorentina during their Serie A match at the Olympic stadium in Rome on Sunday. — Reuters photo
Serie A title challengers AS Roma ended a run of four successive draws with an enthralling 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, helped by an inspirational display from Gervinho who set up both their goals. The Ivorian has enjoyed a new lease... Full story

Moyes dismisses RVP speculation

Manchester United manager David Moyes has dismissed suggestions that Dutch striker Robin van Persie is unhappy at Old Trafford, after a shock 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle United. The defending champions have now... Full story

PSG demolish Sochaux

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two late goals and set up two more as Paris St Germain returned to winning ways with a thumping 5-0 victory over visitors Sochaux to open up a four-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday. Full story

Spain pairing with Netherlands odd, says Casillas

Spain captain Iker Casillas has said he finds it strange that the format of the draw for the World Cup finals allowed the holders to be placed in the same group as Netherlands, the team they beat in the final in 2010. Full story

Spurs leave Sunderland marooned

Tottenham Hotspur pursued their Premier League revival by coming from behind to win 2-1 away to bottom club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. A 50th-minute own goal from Sunderland captain John O̢۪Shea settled the game, after Adam... Full story


Ronaldo to marry for a fourth time Brazilian legend Ronaldo, 37, is to marry again after his girlfriend Paula Morais accepted his proposal on her 28th birthday, reports ESPN FC. Il Fenomeno only retired two years ago after... Full story

Pacers finally beat Spurs

Paul George scored 28 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 111-100 win over San Antonio on Saturday, ending an 11-game losing streak against the Spurs. David West had 20 points and Lance Stephenson scored 15... Full story

Rodgers salutes man of the moment Suarez

Red-hot striker Luis Suarez followed a swashbuckling four-goal midweek show with another outstanding display to inspire Liverpool to a 4-1 drubbing of lowly West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday. Full story
  • Online Poll

    Do you think that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life after the January 5 elections?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No comment
    Ajax Loader