Bangladesh suffer 4-0 defeat to Lebanon


Bangladesh finished their 2026 FIFA World Cup

and Asian Cup Qualifiers campaign with a losing note when they suffered 4-0

defeat to Lebanon in their last Group I match held at the Jassim Bin Hamad

Stadium in Doha on Tuesday last night.

With the defeat, Bangladesh ended their World Cup Qualifiers with only one

point from six matches while Australia, who played the World Cup five times

in a row, emerged champions of this group.

Bangladesh conceded two goals in the two halves of the match. Even they

almost failed to create any pressure over war-torn Lebanon in the proceeding.

In the home match in November last year, Bangladesh however managed to play a

1-1 draw against 120-ranked Lebanon, courtesy of Sheikh Morsalin goal, but

this the Cabrera’s men were off-colored in the field though the local

Bangladeshi expatriate supported the Jamal Bhuyan and Co. from the gallery

throughout the match.

Lebanon’s star footballer Hassan Maatouk slammed a brilliant hat-trick with

three goals while Nader Matar su
pported him with a lone goal to help Lebanon

to sealed their victory in the one-sided affairs.

Lebanon took the lead early in the fifth minute. A bad foul from Shakil

Hossain in the danger zone saw him get a warning in the form of a yellow card

and Lebanon were awarded a penalty. Maatouk made no mistake to convert the

spot kick with a right-footer shot.

Lebanon doubled the lead in the 45+2nd minute when Nader Matar’s right-footed

placing shot from the center of the box found the net giving no chance to

Bangladesh custodian Mitul Marma under the bar.

Back with a 2-0 lead, Lebanon continued their onslaught as Maatouk scored his

second goal just four minutes after the resumption and finally completed his

hat-trick goal in the 60th minute.

Conceding four goals within sixty minutes, the rest was merely a formality.

During that time Bangladesh coach brought several changes in the team but it

was not possible for Bangladesh to fight back in the match.

Rakib Hossain missed a golden opportunity in the m
atch as his well-judged

shot from the top of the box sailed harmlessly over the cross bar.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangladesh face Lebanon tomorrow in FIFA WC 2026 qualifiers


DHAKA, After a fighting performance against Australia at home, Bangladesh is looking forward to restore some lost pride as they face Lebanon in their last Group I match of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers scheduled to be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.

The match kicks off at 10 pm Bangladesh time.

Both the teams failed to reach the third round and will be looking forward to post win in their respective final game to bow out on a high.

Bangladesh ranked 184th in FIFA ranking, managed a single point which came from their 1-1 draw against war-torn nation Lebanon back in November last year from their last five group encounters. The other four matches of Bangladesh have ended with a defeat including a massive 0-7 defeat to World Cup playing nation Australia.

In the very recent meeting with Australia last week in home ground, Bangladesh conceded a fighting 0-2 goal defeat to Australia.

Bangladesh skipper Jamal Bhuyan through a video message today (Monday) said they are aiming to
secure full three points against Lebanon though he thinks that it would be a big challenge for the team.

“We have analyzed with Lebanon and during the team’s practice session we have discussed how to deal with Lebanon because Lebanon and Australia are two different teams. If we play as per our ability, I believe that we’ll be able to snatch three points from Lebanon,” said the Bangladesh skipper.

Jamal said they have discussed among themselves about the strong and weak points of Lebanon team and hoped to apply the technique to get a positive result.

The Bangladesh skipper also urged the local Bangladesh expatriate in Doha to come to the stadium on the match day to support the Bangladesh team.

Bangladesh head coach Javier Cabrera is also expecting a competitive game against Lebanon as his boys in Doha have shown a good performance and effort in the last match against Australia.

The Spanish coach, replying to a question, said: “We want to get a positive result tomorrow … we are prepared for everything an
d at least looking for one point …. we are very confident to get something good in the last match.”

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Booters reach Doha safely


The Bangladesh national football team reached Doha early today (Saturday) at 12.30 am BST to play their FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers match against Lebanon.

Many Bangladeshi expatriates who live in Doha, Qatar came to airport to welcome the Bangladesh football team. They also greeted the team with flowers.

The Bangladesh team, who left for Qatar on Friday, is currently staying at the local hotel and will have gym at the hotel. The booters will hold their recovery session Saturday at 9 pm (BST) to overcome travel fatigue.

The Javier Cabrera’s men are expected to have their full fledge practice from tomorrow (Sunday).

The Bangladesh team will play their last match of World Cup and Asian Cup joint qualifier against Lebanon on June 11. Lebanon’s home match will be held in neutral venue in Qatar because the war-torn Lebanon was unable to host the games in their own country. The first leg of the two teams was a 1-1 draw at the Kings Arena in Dhaka.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

It was important to open T20 WC with victory: Shanto


Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto was

happy to break the defeat jinx when it mattered most.

The Tigers were at the receiving end following their 2-1 series defeat to

associate nation USA, just ahead of the T20 World Cup. And then they

surrendered meekly to India in the only official practice game they could

play.

Overall the preparation looked worst and hardly anyone back in the country

put a bet on them.

But Najmul Hossain Shanto and company turned the things around impeccably,

edging Sri Lanka past by two wickets in a nervy finish which now raised their

chance to move to the Super 8.

With Sri Lanka losing two consecutive matches, Bangladesh in fact are in with

a good chance to seal the next round.

Even though there is still some discomfort due to the yet another fragile

batting show, Shanto said he is happy to secure two points for the time

being.

“It’s a victory that gave us confidence after some defeats. Whatever the

margin is, I am happy to get two points and start the tournament
with

victory,” Shanto said after the match.

“I have faith on the batters. You can’t expect that all batters will do well

simultaneously.”

Shanto further said they were able to put in a team performance that is

needed to thrive in a big tournament like T20 World Cup.

“The body language was great, we gave our 120 percent. Last 10-15 days we

have been making plans and all the fielders are doing their job. I think they

bowled really well, but on a wicket like this we should have won this

easily,” he said.

“It’s very important for Liton, he’s been struggling a bit but he showed his

skill today. I think he batted really well. Hridoy was really courageous, the

way he played that over really helped us.”

Sri Lanka captain Wanindu Hasaranga said their dismal batting was key in the

defeat.

“Our batters batted really well in the first 8-10 overs. After that in the

middle overs I think we batted badly. We all know our bowling attack is our

strength. Specially if batters put up 150-160, our bowling attack
can win

games,” Hasaranga said.

“Last two games the batters didn’t do the job. It’s tough. Now we’ve lost the

first two matches. We bowled with four main bowlers. I think our four genuine

bowlers did their job but unfortunately we had to make four overs with our

allrounders.”

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangladesh need 125 runs to beat Sri Lanka in T20 WC opener


Bangladesh bowlers put a disciplined bowling effort to keep the side on the verge of a victory against Sri Lanka in its T20 World Cup opening game today at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas.

Pacer Mustafizur Rahman (3-17) and leg-spinner Rishad Hossain (3-22) claimed three wickets apiece as Sri Lanka put up a mediocre 124-9. Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed, who is playing his first game after recovering from the injury grabbed 2-25 while another pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib took 1-24.

Bangladesh won the all important toss and as it was expected they put Sri Lanka into bat first in slow-paced wicket. But Sri Lanka made a fluent start with Pathum Nissanka tearing apart Bangladesh bowlers in a sensational batting.

Nissanka made team-best 47 off 28 with seven fours and one six.

However, Taskin Ahmed broke through with the wicket of Kusal Mendis (10) who struck him consecutive two boundaries.

The introduction of Mustafizur brought Bangladesh back to the game as he got rid of Kamindu Mendis (4) and Nissanka in his consecu
tive overs.

With Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka giving Sri Lanka the ray of hope to regroup, Rishad dismantled them in a career-best bowling effort that saw him taking three wickets for just 22 runs.

Dhananjaya made 21 while Asalanka contributed 19.

Sri Lanka could never recover from the collapse as they lost wickets in clusters to be bowled out for a below par total.

Bangladesh’s journey in T20 World Cups had started with a bang in 2007 when they notched up a convincing win over the West Indies in their opening match of the tournament in South Africa.

However, that win against West Indies remains Bangladesh’s only victory over a higher-ranked team in the tournament so far.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Rishad shows the value of leg-spinner


Rishad Hossain showed how valuable a leg-spinner

can be if the team management puts their faith on him.

In Bangladesh particularly, the leg-spinners were not encouraged much as they

often leaked runs and therefore domestic club and even in the country’s first

class tournament, they were overlooked.

But this management and captain Najmul Hossain Shanto continuously backed

Rishad even though he hardly got any game time in the domestic circuit.

While leg-spin is a difficult art to learn, almost all countries back their

leg-spinners, knowing that these sorts of spinners can give them the wicket

when it matters most.

Rishad was nurtured totally by the national team management and he lived up

to the expectation quite well from the very beginning. But in his first match

in the T20 World Cup, Rishad put a match-winning performance, much to the

elation of the team management, who now knew that their investment on him is

quite successful.

Rishad, however, is the first leg-spinner from Bangladesh, who pl
ays in a

global event like World Cup and in his first match, he was awarded the man of

the match for his career-best 3-22.

More than his bowling figure, his impact was something that was much-talked.

In a slow-paced wicket, Sri Lanka made a fluent start and reached in a

position from where they can take the total past 150 and if so, Bangladesh

hardly had any possibility to win the game.

Rishad’s double-strike in the 15th over basically turned the game around. By

that point, Sri Lanka reached 100-3 in 14 overs and looked set to launch an

attack. But when Rishad dismissed Charith Asalanka and Wanindu Hasaranga in

consecutive deliveries, the fate of the game was sealed.

Sri Lanka finally were restricted for a below par 125-9 instead of 150 plus

that looked possible before Rishad struck.

There was risk that Rishad could leak runs as the Lankan batters looked well

set. But captain Shanto backed him to break the partnership, knowing that a

leg-spinner has the chance always to take wickets.

“He is a
wicket-taking bowler for us. We need wickets at that point, so we

used him and he lived up to the expectation fully,” Shanto said.

“He has been doing well from the very beginning of his career. I hope he

would continue this performance and if so he will be a huge asset for us

because a leg-spinner can give you the wicket in any kind of conditions.”

Rishad said all that he can do is to try his best without bothering who the

opponents and batters are.

“I always tried my best to contribute for the team and put the ball in right

areas. I know if I can make the ball talking, it will be enough to get the

wicket whether it is right-handed batter or left-handed batter.”

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangladesh opts to bowl in its T20 WC opener against Sri Lanka


Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto won the all important toss and as it was expected, he put Sri Lanka into bat first in their T20 World Cup opening game today at Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium here.

Winning the toss became an X factor in this T20 World Cup and Shanto’s luck in calling it right provided Bangladesh the confidence they needed after a below par performance, leading up to the World Cup.

‘We would like to bowl first as we expect some seam and swing early on,’ Shanto told the broadcasters after winning the toss.

‘Very important especially in this format, the top four have been doing a lot of hard work in the last few days. It (the pitch) looks a bit dry.’

Sri Lanka came to the game following a six-wicket defeat to South Africa. They were bowled out for 77 runs in that game and another defeat to Bangladesh would leave their Super 8 hopes in jeopardized state.

But when the toss decided the fate of the most of the matches in this World Cup, Sri Lanka captain Wanindu Hasaranga tried to stay
positive.

‘We don’t mind batting first,’ he said. ‘We are going with two genuine fast bowlers and two genuine spinners, two seam bowling all rounders. It depends on the match situation on where I come out to bat.’

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed returned to the fold after recovering from the injury which forced him to miss the USA series and practice game. Shoriful Hasan who suffered a hand injury during the practice game against India was ruled out.

Line Ups:

Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das(w), Najmul Hossain Shanto(c), Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Tanzim Hasan Sakib

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga(c), Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara and Matheesha Pathirana.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Scotland bat against England in T20 World Cup


BRIDGETOWN, Scotland captain Richie Berrington won the toss and elected to bat against defending champions England in the teams’ opening Group B match of the T20 World Cup at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Tuesday.

England opted to include fast bowlers Mark Wood and Barbados-born Jofra Archer, with left-arm paceman Reece Topley left out.

Jos Buttler’s side are defending the title they won in Australia in 2022, with England hoping to make a better showing than they did at the 50-over World Cup in India last year, where the then reigning champions won just three of their nine games.

This is the first time Scotland, ranked 14th, have played England in a T20, with the non-Test nation bidding for a repeat of a shock 2018 one-day international win over their neighbours.

Teams

England: Jos Buttler (capt/wkt), Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid

Scotland: George Munsey, Michael Jones, Brandon McMullen, Richie
Berrington (capt), Matt Cross (wkt), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal, Chris Sole, Brad Currie

Umpires: Asif Yaqoob (PAK), Nitin Menon (IND)

TV umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha