Cricket: Bangladesh choke in a final over chase…AGAIN

first_imgRead Also:Cricket: Sourav Ganguly recently in an interview states that runs won’t judge Virat KohliCricket: Essex bowlers reveal the plans they followed to get Kohli and Dhawan’s wicket AdvertisementImage Courtesy: CricbuzzIt was heartbreak yet again for Bangladesh as they failed to finish the job done at Guyana. The Tigers fell short by 3 runs to bring the series back to level terms.The Bangladeshi middle order cracked under the pressure and the heroics of Mushfiqur Rahim was not enough to get them over the line.The game looked to be in Bangladesh’s bag since only 14 was required of the final 2 overs, but Keemo Paul and Jason Holder kept their calm and ensured that the batsman choked.Earlier on, in the first innings, it was Shimron Hetmeyer’s whirlwind with the bat that helped Windies reach 271-6. The 21-year old hit 7 sixes and 3 fours en route to 125 off 93 deliveries.Brief Scorecard:Windies 271 in 49.3 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 125, Rovman Powell 44; Rubel Hossain 3-61)Bangladesh 268/6 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 68, Shakib Al Hasan 56, Tamim Iqbal 54; Ashley Nurse 1-34) Advertisementlast_img read more

England’s Rugby League World Cup attracts venue interest from overseas

first_imgShare on Pinterest RFL must use England’s World Cup achievements to build towards 2021 Read more “We’ve been really pleased, and even quite surprised, with the interest. We’re up to 40 potential venues now, which is great. It continues to rise, and we’ll have workshops in January where these towns and cities will find out how to put their bid together, then they’ve got seven months to put it into place.”Of interest expressed from areas outside the host country, Dutton said: “Yes, we’ve got towns and cities elsewhere who are interested.”At the 2017 World Cup tournament – hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand – games were played in Papua New Guinea, while France hosted two matches in the 2013 event, for which the UK had been granted host rights.The towns and cities which lodge applications for the 2021 tournament will discover their fate by the end of next year, with that list to be whittled down to 14 when the 2021 team make their decisions. The backbone of England’s bid detailed that 80% of matches would be played across the northern heartlands of rugby league – but areas such as London and Coventry are near-guarantees to be given matches, too.“We will absolutely stage games in London – we have made that commitment,” Dutton said. “London is critically important to us.”Wembley, which is in contention to host the 2021 final along with Old Trafford, will almost certainly be given a high-profile game, while the London Stadium, which has hosted international rugby league in recent years, is also in the mix.The convoluted structure of this year’s World Cup tournament attracted criticism when Ireland failed to qualify from their group despite two wins from their three games while Samoa, who earned a solitary point, reached the quarter-finals. Dutton, however, said the increase to 16 teams in 2021 would result in a much more straightforward tournament.“We’re going to keep it simple; we’ll have four groups of four,” he said. “That’s something that everyone across the world can recognise and resonate with. It also eliminates any unfortunate possibilities that arose this time.”The Rugby Football League, meanwhile, is expected to reveal on Tuesday that Toronto will switch their regular-season Championship fixture with Toulouse to the Magic Weekend – the first time in its decade-long history that the event has hosted a non-Super League fixture. The Wolfpack, the first transatlantic team in rugby league, will play in the sport’s second tier in 2018 after winning promotion from League 1 in their inaugural season this year. Topics Since you’re here… The organisers of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup have received 40 expressions of interest from potential host venues, including several inquiries from enticing areas outside England.The Rugby League International Federation awarded the tournament to England last year ahead of a competing bid from the US. But matches could be played outside the host country, with venues in France and Ireland – including Perpignan, Avignon and Limerick – understood to have expressed interest in hosting games.Jon Dutton, the chief executive of the tournament, told the Guardian they have been inundated with interest in England and beyond. He said: “The contract with the government [which pledged £15m of financial support for England’s bid] is to stage the tournament in England but if a strong bid came forward somewhere else we’ve got to listen to it. news Rugby league Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Support The Guardianlast_img read more