Shobhon Shahabuddin

Opti-mystique Ash

February 27, 2011
Opti-mystique Ash

It was Muralidharan’s backyard, Colombo, September 2001 and Ashraful, just past 17 and making his Test debut, fares no better than his clueless team-mates who fail to crawl beyond 90 in the first innings after a typical terrorising spell of five for 13 by the greatest off-spinner of them all. Read more »

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Khademul Islam

The world cup: commentary as ghazal?

March 2, 2011
The world cup: commentary as ghazal?

Televised international cricket matches would be nothing – nada, nyet! – without its phalanx of commentators. There is no other sport which employs so many ex-cricketers ready to bring to its television viewers a unique discourse that makes the viewing experience of international level cricket a thing apart. Premier League football had, until recently when it discovered the market potential for ex-players to provided game analysis, too large a ratio of professional commentators vis-Ă -vis ex-players. They are still playing catch-up to cricket. And, say, for something like tennis, well, its set structure means that its commentary could add very little to the visual game itself. Read more »

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Rumi Ahmed

The war that was never fought

February 27, 2011
The war that was never fought

Two years ago on February 25-26, a group of violent soldiers of the Bangladesh border security force, called BDR, revolted. They occupied the part of capital Dhaka where the garrison is located and held hundreds of military officers, general soldiers and civilians hostage. During this occupation of nearly two days, the marauding soldiers committed one of the worst massacres in the history of Bangladesh. During this rebellion, 57 senior officers of Bangladesh Armed forces were murdered. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Middle East burns

February 24, 2011
Middle East burns

Middle East is in turmoil as repressive regimes finally face public accountability in the form of massive public protests. Some of these corrupt governments are also violently fighting back as in Libya and Bahrain. It is a shock to see that the entire Middle East, heart of the so-called “Muslim Ummah’’ is made up of undemocratic regimes. It is with some pride that we also realise that Bangladesh is probably the most democratic Muslim majority country in the world, flaws and all.

But as the Arab world faces flames, Bangladesh is also going to be touched by the heat as stories of affected Bangladeshis fly in. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Speaking in mother tongue

February 25, 2011
Speaking in mother tongue

My mother tongue is Tamil, the native language of much of South India. Having been brought up in Mumbai, many miles north of the state of Tamil Nadu, and parts beyond, it was hard enough to keep pace with the many languages that I was exposed to and had to communicate in, let alone one that was, in many ways, alien to me. The only person who spoke it with any degree of accuracy or authenticity was my mother, and that was not assertive or sustained enough where input was concerned to keep me linguistically rooted. Read more »

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Ishrat Firdousi

Extraordinary win after batting debacle

February 26, 2011
Extraordinary win after batting debacle

“I didn’t tell them anything but they all said we were going to win by 20 runs!” answered Shakib when Gavaskar asked him what words of wisdom and inspiration he had offered his boys before they went out to defend those 205 runs.

This was an extremely valuable victory talk about snatching it from the jaws of defeat. As my friend described it, it was steely grit that won the team the day when they were in a very difficult, even near impossible situation. Read more »

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Ishrat Firdousi

Smashing, awesome inaugural, but our game is another matter

February 25, 2011
Smashing, awesome inaugural, but our game is another matter

The curtains for the ICC WC 2011 are up and we raised them and with a spectacular inaugural too. Such an event was a first for Bangladesh. At least in designated neighbourhoods the city literally took on a new look, so much so that gawking was common. In the inaugural, the stadium — Bangabandhu National — in stunning regalia was packed to its limits. Read more »

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Muhammad Habibur Rahman

Introduction to mother tongue

February 23, 2011
Introduction to mother tongue

Nothing exists without a name. God taught Adam the names of things. Satan, made of fire and the best of the Angels, lost the name-game to a creature made of clay the tutored Adam. Adam was, however, banished to earth for taking the forbidden fruit. As soon as an idea gets full in one’s mind it finds an expression, may be in an onomatopoeic sound.

The Rig Veda says: “One should respect his motherland, his culture and his mother tongue because they are givers of happiness.” Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

The secret world of American Cricket

February 22, 2011
The secret world of American Cricket

My life has changed, just at the periphery, but the change is palpable.

It’s one of those butterfly-effect things. The energy levels have changed here, just the tiniest bit. When did this happen? What does it mean?

I noticed the changes at about the same time bdnews24.com website started posting The Countdown.

Things have changed at the local convenience stores. Things are different at the gas pumps. Something’s up at the local bank. My casual acquaintances with sub-continental Asians have always been cordial. Now, this relationship has transformed from shopkeeper/client to one of initiate and master. Read more »

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