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BCB may suffer Tk 400m loss due to corona

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is expected to suffer a loss of 25 to 30 percent revenue worth around Tk 400 million due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The BCB is eyeing to recoup their financial losses through the next edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) along with other International Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events, said a ...

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IOC creates $800m fund to address coronavirus crisis

The International Olympic Committee said Thursday it had created a fund of $800 million to tackle the financial hardships created by the coronavirus pandemic which has forced the postponement of this year’s Tokyo Olympics until 2021. IOC president Thomas Bach, speaking by teleconference after a virtual executive board meeting, said the body had released “an envelope of up to $800 ...

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Ronaldinho closing in on 70 days detention in Paraguay

Brazilian great Ronaldinho’s lawyers are hoping the former world player of the year will be allowed to go home after more than two months of detention in Paraguay over a forged passport. “We’re hoping to convince the prosecution to allow Ronaldinho and his brother to return to their country. We can do nothing but wait for the investigation to end,” ...

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Fake bidding forces suspension of auction for Mushfiqur’s bat

Auction for the bat of Mushfiqur Rahim, what he used to smash the first-ever double-ton for Bangladesh back in 2013 against Sri Lanka, has been suspended indefinitely due to countless fake bidding. Mushfiqur was the first Bangladeshi cricketer to announce putting his historic bat on auction aiming to raise money for the disadvantaged people around the country who have been ...

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Portuguese football restart set for June 4

Portugal’s Primeira Liga will be able to restart the season from its coronavirus-forced suspension on June 4, the country’s football league announced on Tuesday. “We wish to guarantee stadiums are rigorously inspected and the professionals are tested. June 4 is the date when the 25th round of matches of Liga Portugal can resume,” the league said statement said. At the ...

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IPL cancellation could cost Indian cricket half a billion dollars

Scrapping the money-spinning Indian Premier League this year because of the coronavirus pandemic would cost more than half a billion dollars, but cutting players’ pay was not yet being considered, a top official has told AFP. The world’s richest Twenty20 tournament is staring at a first wipeout in its 12-year history after the original March 29 start date was postponed ...

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Suspension was a lesson for me: Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan said the suspension imposed by the ICC was a lesson for him to understand life in a better way. Shakib is currently in the USA, spending time with his family. He flew to USA in March during the initial outbreak of coronavirus in Bangladesh. He and his wife Umeey Ahmed Shishir was expecting their ...

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European leagues move at different speeds toward restart

As European leagues prepare to return from the enforced coronavirus break, screening tests are revealing cases in various championships, although, as yet, not calling into question plans to resume playing. Germany still plans to be the first of the five “big” leagues ahead of Spain, England and Italy – France has declared its season over – to kick off on ...

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Afghanistan cricketer Shafaq handed six-year match-fixing ban

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq was banned from all forms of cricket for six years on Sunday after accepting charges relating to match-fixing. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said the 30-year-old had fixed or tried to fix matches in inaugural Afghanistan Premier League T20 in 2018 and in the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League. “Shafaq has been charged for breaches of the anti-corruption code ...

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Stewart prepared for first county wipeout since WWII

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart has reluctantly accepted there could yet be a long-term good for the county game should the coronavirus mean there is no domestic action this season for the first time since the Second World War. The global outbreak of COVID-19 has seen the start of the 2020 English campaign delayed until July 1 at the ...

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