FIFA bans BFF general secretary Abu Naeem



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FIFA has banned Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) general secretary Abu Naeem Sohag from all football activities for two years for fraud. Besides, he was also fined about Tk. 12 lakhs in Bangladeshi currency.

The world football governing body confirmed this in a statement on their official website on Friday (April 14).

According to FIFA, the decision was taken due to false information regarding FIFA money given to FIFA. FIFA mentioned that a letter has already been sent to Abu Naeem informing about the punishment. Copies of the letter have been given to the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

FIFA said the Adjudication Chamber was satisfied with the evidence gathered during the investigation conducted by the Investigative Chamber on the applicable procedures. After conducting the hearing, the evidence presented by him was carefully analyzed. It showed that he has violated FIFA Article-13. In addition FIFA Code of Ethics 2020 Edition General Duties-15 (Duties of Loyalty) and Article-24 of Fraud and Perjury.

Earlier, FIFA General Secretary Abu Naeem Sohag personally went to the FIFA headquarters in Zurich to respond to the show cause notice for alleged financial irregularities. But he was not saved in the end. He was banned for two years by FIFA's independent ethics committee. The main allegation against him is that he showed false documents to show the expenditure of the money given by FIFA.

   

Kaif said Afghanistan is one of the contenders to win the World Cup



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T20 Afghanistan has always been very strong. But so far their record of achievements is empty. Nor did anything spectacular. But everyone was surprised by a prediction of the Caribbean legend Brian Lara before the World Cup. He saw the Afghans in semi. Many people started discussing this. But Rashid Khan answered correctly. Apart from defeating strong teams like New Zealand, they have won all their opening three matches in the group stage. With this, the ticket to the Super Eight has been confirmed and the Afghans have also forced other teams to think about them.

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has higher hopes for Afghans this time. According to him, Rashid gong has a lot of chances to win the World Cup.

Speaking at an event of Star Sports, Kaif said, 'Afghanistan is in good form. Their bowlers are in great form. Fazlhaq Farooqui has also picked up five wickets in one match and Rashid Khan is also in great form. If we talk about the two openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, they are in great form. I think Afghanistan is one of the contenders to win the World Cup in this condition.

The Afghans have played all their matches in the West Indies. They didn't have to go through the hassle of traveling to America and had a good idea of the Caribbean pitch. Kaif also said that this was a positive aspect for them, 'They are playing all their matches here (in West Indies). They didn't go to the US at all. After spending two-three weeks here, they know how to bowl on which pitch and batting on which pitch. They got an idea of the condition. And besides, their players are also in great form.

Afghans are now waiting to become group champions by showing one surprise after another. Afghanistan will play the last match of the group stage against the West Indies on June 17 where the team will step into the Super Eight after becoming the group champion.

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Pakistan is out of tournament as USA-Ireland match abandoned



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Pakistan was eliminated from the T20 World Cup. Today (Friday) India and USA reached the Super Eight from Group A as hosts USA and Ireland shared points in the match. Pakistan exited the tournament without taking the field as they were trailing in the points table.

The match between Ireland and USA was abandoned due to rain. As a result, USA's points from 4 matches stand at 5. They are second in the points table. India are top of the group with 6 points from 3 matches. On the other hand, Pakistan's points are 2 from 3 matches. They still have one match left. Even if it wins the match, there is no chance of overtaking India or USA to finish second ahead of them. If they win the next match they will get 4 points. Because of that, the 2009 champion Pakistan was eliminated from the group stage.

The United States and Ireland match could not start on time due to rain on Friday. The umpire visited the field several times and declared the game abandoned as the field was unsuitable for playing. With their announcement, Pakistan's exit from the tournament was confirmed. And the United States reached the Super Eight with India.

Pakistan lost to USA in the first match of the tournament. Their fortunes did not change in the next match against India. Losing two matches in a row makes their way forward difficult. As a result, though they won against Canada, they were worried. The rain made that apprehension come true.

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Bangladesh beat Netherlands by 25 runs



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Call it revenge? Why? Did you forget about the last ODI World Cup? No, Bangladesh did not take this match as an opportunity for revenge. Super Eight was the target. Today, Bangladesh went a long way in that journey by beating Netherlands by 25 runs.

Bangladesh had to win the match to go to the last eight. Shakib Al Hasan took the lead of the team after batting at the beginning but failed to open for four. Tanjid Hasan made a pair of 48 runs with Tamim. Soon after the departure of Tamim, who scored 36 runs, Tawheed Hridoy also returned.

Then Mahmudullah was giving hope to the team, but he also played an innings of 25 runs from 21 balls and he returned right at the beginning of the death overs. Shakib and Zaker Ali Anik did the last. Shakib picked up his 13th career T20 fifty. On the other side, Zaker Ali Anik scored 14 runs off 7 balls and gave the team a fighting capital of 159 runs. But with the way the wicket at Arnos Vale Stadium was behaving, such runs did not seem enough.

Especially after the Netherlands' great start. Bangladesh got two wickets in the power play thanks to Taskin Ahmed and Tanjim Shakib. But even then, Vikramjit Singh's bat was giving Bangladesh eye-popping. Shakib was hit for two and Rishad for a six. However, Mahmudullah returned him back to Bangladesh in the match.

However, Sybrand Engelbrecht and captain Scott Edwards together made Bangladesh uncomfortable. Their pair at one time brought the equation to 49 off 34 balls. From there, Rishad Hossain brought the match for Bangladesh. He sent back Engelbrecht and Bas de Lida in one over. He gave 7 runs from the over. Then Mustafiz came in the 17th over and took 1 wicket with 1 run. The Dutch could not handle that shock. In the last over, Taskin Ahmed had 32 runs; he did not give more than 7 runs, but also took a wicket. Bangladesh therefore left the field with a comfortable 25-run win.

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Bangladesh could not cross the Protean hurdle



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Bangladesh could not cross the Protean hurdle

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Bangladesh has not won any of the 8 T20Is against South Africa. A great opportunity came today in match number 9. Bangladesh could not take advantage of the opportunity despite being very close. The match was lost by 4 runs. The Protean circle could no longer be broken, and for the second round we have to look forward to the match between Nepal and the Netherlands.

After losing the toss Bangladesh had a good start by bowling. Tanzim Shakib sent back Riza Hendricks in the opening over. Then in the third over, he sent back Quinton de Kock as well. He also pocketed Tristan Stubbs before the end of the power play. In between, Taskin Ahmed picked up Aiden Markram. South Africa lost 4 wickets for 23 runs.

But since then the Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller show had begun. The pair put on 79 runs for the fifth wicket to take the team to three figures. Klaasen scored 46 off Taskin Ahmed, followed by Rishad Hossain's 29 off Miller. South Africa finally ended the innings scoring 113 runs.

In reply, Bangladesh lost Tanjid Tamim in the second over but managed to finish the power play smoothly. But it got into trouble after that. Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Nazmul Hossain Shanto all returned with wickets. Tawheed Hriday and Mahmudullah Riyad took the lead of the team in the fifth wicket. The team was showing victory in the pair of 44 runs. But at that very moment, Rabada returned to Tawheed who scored 37 runs. A total of 2 runs came from that over. The equation of 18 runs from 12 balls to 20 from 18 balls stands in front of Bangladesh. Bangladesh could not match that equation in the end. The match was lost by 4 runs. 

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