Bangladesh to host World Twenty20 2014

The ICC have awarded the next two World Twenty20 tournaments in 2012 and 2014 to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively, while England will host the Champions Trophy in 2013. The 2015 World Cup will be held by Australia and New Zealand and the 2013 Women’s World Cup will be played in India. The decisions were announced after a meeting of the ICC board in Singapore.

The Chief Executives Committee (CEC) and Governance Review Committee (GRC) working groups met jointly to discuss the ICC events programme post 2015, the frequency and format for global events and qualification for those events, and the introduction of Test and ODI leagues to provide context to the traditional formats of the game.

Mortaza replaces Shakib as Bangladesh captain

Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh allrounder, has been named captain of the squad for the ODI tour of the United Kingdom in place of Shakib Al Hasan, who will be the squad’s vice-captain.

The surprise move was announced in a BCB press release on the eve of the team’s departure from Dhaka, two days after the squad for the tour had been released, and comes as a significant snub to Shakib, who led the team with determination during an arduous Test series against England last month.

Afridi’s century flattens Bangladesh

A new-look Pakistan, led by a new-look Shahid Afridi, bowed out of the Asia Cup with little to boast about but with their reputations enhanced, while Bangladesh ended their campaign by reaffirming the gulf between them and the top-flight teams. Afridi unleashed the kind of fury he is famous for to launch Pakistan to their highest ODI score, and subsequently their first victory in 2010. Bangladesh, however, belied a complete lack of purpose in both innings, as the match meandered to the kind of denouement that has administrators concerned about the future of ODI cricket.

Dilshan stars in Sri Lanka’s bonus-point win

Tillakaratne Dilshan all but scuttled Bangladesh’s hopes of staying competitive in the Asia Cup and helped earn Sri Lanka a bonus point in the process. He blazed to a half-century, providing thrust for the first-ever total in excess of 300 in Dambulla, and then exercised control over Bangladesh’s escalating run-rate, while ripping out three wickets to end the visitors’ chances of an improbable victory.

Spinners set up India’s victory

Bangladesh may have moved from the cool climes of England to hot and humid Sri Lanka, but they don’t seem to have left at customs the habit of wasting scintillating starts by the openers. They collapsed from 81 for 1 to 100 for 4, and then lost their last six wickets for 12 runs. While the first setback was mostly self-inflicted, it was Virender Sehwag’s canny spin bowling that ran through the lower order. In reply, Gautam Gambhir didn’t look a million dollars, but made a satisfactory return to the side, scoring 82 to see India through to a bonus point.

England’s Ashes won’t go swingingly, says Siddons

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons warned England’s bowlers “it doesn’t swing, it doesn’t seam in Australia” ahead of their Ashes defence ‘Down Under’ later this year.

England, in overcast conditions and with the ball swinging spitefully, skittled out Bangladesh, following on, for just 123 inside 35 overs as they won the second Test by an innings and 80 runs inside three days at Old Trafford here on Sunday.

But no-one, least of all England, are kidding themselves that a series win over Bangladesh represents any kind of guide to their Ashes chances. England may hold the Ashes after a 2-1 win at home last year but it is 23 years since they last won a Test series in Australia.

Anderson and Finn rout Bangladesh

Steven Finn bounced through Bangladesh to complete his second five-wicket of the series, after James Anderson had broken their resistance in an unplayable spell of new-ball swing bowling, as England surged to victory by an innings and 80 runs in a remarkable day’s play at a damp and overcast Old Trafford. Following a two-and-a-quarter hour delay, England’s decision to enforce the follow-on was amply justified, as they achieved the rare feat of claiming ten wickets in consecutive sessions.

Swann’s five eclipse Tamim heroics

England finished an incredible second day at Old Trafford in a commanding position, and could yet enforce the follow-on on Sunday morning after bundling Bangladesh out for 216, a deficit of 203. But not for the first time this summer, and presumably not for the last either, they discovered that their once meek opponents have developed a punch that can leave even the most Tyson-esque heavyweights stunned. That wallop’s name is Tamim Iqbal, and for the second time in consecutive innings he produced an innings of rare audacity that swiped the headlines and stole the hearts of even the most partisan England supporters.

Bell battles to keep England on top

Bangladesh’s bowlers followed the example of their batsman at Lord’s last week, and rose to the occasion on the first day at Old Trafford with a disciplined and diligent performance, backed up by superb fielding, to deny England the chance to establish the sort of platform from which they were able to boss the first Test. Thanks to Ian Bell, who contributed another timely innings from his fruitful berth in the middle order, England were able to finish the day with their noses in front on 275 for 5, but on a firm and true surface, and in some of the best batting conditions of the summer so far, this was far from the breeze that had been anticipated when Andrew Strauss won the toss.

Shahzad hopeful of making Test debut

Ajmal Shahzad could be in line to make his Test debut against Bangladesh at Old Trafford on Friday, following the foot injury to Tim Bresnan that ruled him out of the reckoning and created a fast-bowling vacancy in the side that won the first Test at Lord’s by eight wickets on Monday.

Shahzad faces competition from Ryan Sidebottom, who was called into the squad following the announcement of Bresnan’s stress fracture on Tuesday, but having toured Bangladesh without being given an opportunity to play in either of the Tests at Dhaka or Chittagong, Shahzad is hopeful that this time he’ll get his chance to impress.