England opt to bat against India in 1st Test

England skipper Ben Stokes won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the opening Test of a five-match series on Thursday.

Can England retame the beast?  

Historically, winning a Test series in India has been one of the most difficult challenges in cricket.

Alcaraz rues missed chances but leaves Australian Open 'happy'

Carlos Alcaraz rued missed opportunities after coming up short against Alexander Zverev in a thrilling Australian Open quarter-final early Thursday but said he could leave Melbourne with his head held high.



Shoaib Malik advises youngsters to 'grab every opportunity'

Shoaib Malik has been in the limelight yet again but not for his on-field performances. The former Pakistan captain has been the centre of discussion after the news of his separation with former wife Sania Mirza and his third marriage.

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BCB following ‘conservative approach’ for Shakib’s eye treatment 

“Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has been diagnosed with a retinal condition in his left eye. This revelation comes after the player reported visual function concerns,” BCB stated in a press release today.

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Suryakumar named best T20I cricketer again

India’s explosive batter Suryakumar Yadav has won his second successive ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award, with West Indies’ dynamic all-round captain Hayley Matthews claiming the ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year as the first set of individual winners of the ICC Awards 2023 were announced on Wednesday.

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Shoaib Bashir granted India visa: ECB

"We're glad the situation has now been resolved," said the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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India not unbeatable at home, says Rohit Sharma

Since Alastair Cook led a touring England to a 2-1 series victory more than a decade ago, India have gone on to win 16 consecutive test series at home.

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Speedster Johnson steers Brisbane Heat to BBL trophy

"I feel like we were the best team all year so I think we deserve to have the medal around our neck," said man-of-the-match Johnson

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Ravindra ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year

Ravindra beat South Africa quick Gerald Coetzee, Sri Lanka pacer Dilshan Madushanka and India batter Yashasvi Jaiswal for the prized award on the back of an amazing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in India where he amassed a whopping 578 runs.

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Anderson out as England pick four spinners for India opener

The tourists opted for speedster Mark Wood ahead of veteran quick James Anderson at the start of the five-match series in Hyderabad.

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Chelsea hit Middlesbrough for six to reach League Cup final

Chelsea stormed into the League Cup final with a 6-1 thrashing of second-tier Middlesbrough to easily overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

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Al-Nassr postpone China friendlies as Ronaldo injured before Messi's Miami clash

The 38-year-old Ronaldo apologised to fans as he confirmed he was struggling with a fitness issue.

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Late drama as Cameroon advance to last 16 and Ghana go out

Defending champions Senegal beat Guinea 2-0 in the other Group C match

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Asian Cup / Palestine 'fulfil promise' after historic victory

Palestine squeeze into the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

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The thunderclap who stayed true to his Sardinian 'family'

Sardinia was mourning the loss of a sporting deity on Monday after the death of former Italy striker Luigi "Gigi" Riva, who did more than anyone else to put the Italian island on the footballing map.

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Federation Cup / Fahim ends goal drought as Sk Jamal reach quarters

National forward Faisal Ahmed Fahim scored for the first time this season to guide Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to the quarterfinals of the Federation Cup as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over Rahmatganj MFS in Dhaka today.

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Ronaldo 'health reason' spurs sudden delay of two China matches

"For me, today is a sad day," Ronaldo told a Tuesday evening press conference, during which he apologised to Chinese fans.

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Benzema wants to ‘temporarily’ leave Saudi club: reports

Al-Ittihad offered to loan the French striker to another club in the Saudi Pro League but he has refused, the source added.

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Australian Open / Zverev stuns Alcaraz to set up semi with Medvedev

The German sixth seed eventually prevailed 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to make the last four at a Grand Slam for the seventh time.

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Australian Open / Russia's Medvedev, Ukraine's Yastremska in semifinals

Third seed Daniil Medvedev was forced to dig deep into his reserves to outlast Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the tightest of quarterfinals on Wednesday and reach the last four of the Australian Open for third time.

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Australian Open / Ukrainian teen criticised for shaking Russian player's hand

The handshake defied an unwritten rule among her fellow Ukrainians to not congratulate their Russian and Belarusian opponents as war rages in their homeland.

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‘Not even 5 percent’: Papon grossly overestimates federations’ demands

The newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports is confident of meeting the demands placed by eight sports federations and national women’s sports association.

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Australian Open / 'Trapped' Djokovic feels the heat

Novak Djokovic said he felt "trapped" in the heat during his battling quarter-final win against Taylor Fritz on Tuesday, which left him on track for a record-breaking 25th Grand Slam title.

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Australian Open / Djokovic extinguishes Fritz fire to make Melbourne semis

The 36-year-old defending champion had beaten Fritz in all eight of their previous meetings, including a five-sets win at Melbourne Park in 2021 and a crushing victory at the U.S. Open last yea

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Gauff grinds past Kostyuk into Australian Open semis

"Happy, really proud of the fight I showed today," said Gauff, who had never progressed beyond the fourth round at Melbourne Park in four previous attempts.

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Australian Open / Alcaraz mows down Kecmanovic to reach quarterfinals

"I did everything almost perfectly. In our Miami 2022 match it was closer. It was a good match today as well. I pushed him to the limit in every point," said Alcaraz, who set up a clash with sixth seed Alexander Zverev.

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Podcast / What’s wrong with the BPL?

The 10th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League will commence at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on January 19, with defending champions Comilla Victorians taking on Durdanto Dhaka. Ahead of the latest season, The Daily Star’s Sports Podcast Pitch Perfect points out factors associated with the franchise tournament which are far from ideal.

No bar for BCB boss Papon to resign

Following Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon’s swearing in as Minister for Youth and Sports in the new government on Thursday, questions have been flying around whether the incumbent BCB boss can resign now and a new president is nominated, or does he need to wait till the end of his tenure to do that, which is October 2025? There seems to have been a lot of curiosity, and confusion too, in this regard among the general people. ...

Hadudu for above 60-year-olds in Manikganj

The third edition of Hadudu for people above 60 years of age has been held in Manikganj

Bangladesh gear up for Asia Cup Super 4

The last time Bangladesh made it to the final of the Asia Cup was in 2018 when the latest 50-over edition of the tournament was played. The Tigers beat Pakistan to qualify for the final and lost to eventual champions India. But Pakistan’s eleven has come a long way from what it was in 2018 and is mighty strong, especially when it comes to their fast bowling.  

Bangladesh’s Asia Cup mission gets underway with Sri Lanka encounter

Bangladesh have made the Asia Cup final three times but are still searching for their first trophy. Can Shakib Al Hasan’s side put an end to their trophy hunt? The wait continues but before that let’s take a look at Bangladesh’s strengths, weaknesses, and chances of winning. The Tigers begin their Asia Cup mission with an encounter against Sri Lanka. Can the Tigers trump the Lankans in their opening fixture? To discuss all of this and much more, The Daily Star brings you Star Non-Striker’s End.

Rezwan elected BSPA president, Samon general secretary

Razwan-uz- zaman Rajib of Channel 24 was elected as the new president and Samon Hossain of Dainik Manab Zamin was re-elected as general secretary of the Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA) for the next two years.

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Rohit hopes England's Bashir visa row resolved 'quickly'

India skipper Rohit Sharma said Wednesday he feels for England's Shoaib Bashir after the uncapped spinner was forced to return home to resolve visa issues ahead of a five-Test series.

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New T20 captain for Australia in Windies T20 series

Australia are hosting West Indies for three T20s between Feb. 9-13 as part of their preparations for the T20 World Cup, which will be held in the Caribbean and U.S. in June.

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Covid spreads in Aussie camp

Travis Head earlier contracted the virus after the first Test in Adelaide but tested negative on Tuesday after flying to Brisbane on his own ahead of the second match of the series.

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Stokes 'frustrated and devastated’ as Bashir returns to UK

"As captain I find it particularly frustrating. We announced the squad in mid-December and now Bash finds himself without a visa to get here...It's unfortunate and I'm very frustrated for him. With Bash unfortunately not able to be here, it rules him out of this game."

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Bumrah excited by 'Bazball' challenge ahead of crucial WTC series

"They are playing successful cricket and the aggressive route of taking the opposition on, showing the world there’s another way to play Test cricket," Bumrah said.

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'Hard-working' Nahida’s effort recognised

Unaware of the news that she was named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year for 2023, Bangladesh spinner Nahida Akter yesterday was mourning the demise of her grandmother who passed away just a day ago.

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Sole team from University of North Texas win SPL 3.0

The Bangladeshi student community at the University of Oklahoma founded the SPL last year.

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'Master' Babar shows why franchises incline towards quality

Players like Babar provide the type of quality that franchises can bank upon.

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Maruf reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

The left-arm pacer infringed Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”

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