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Nihaduzzaman was one of nearly 40
individuals to suffer injuries in a bus
accident near Sirajganj, about 100 km
northwest of Dhaka, in which seven
people died. Nihaduzzaman needed 12
stitches to his skull and forehead and
said he was released from hospital
under the condition of full
rest at home in
He was heading back
after completing a BCB
High Performance train-
ing programme in Bogra
when the incident happened.
The bus, run by Desh Travels,
collided with another one, and with-
in seconds a truck rammed into the rear
of the Desh Travels bus.
Nihaduzzaman said medical help had
been scarce and thanked his friend
Naeem Islam jnr for making sure he did
not lose consciousness until he was put
on a bus to Natore, the nearest town in
the area. Naeem hurt his leg in the
"I was bleeding from my forehead
and two other places," Nihaduzzaman
said. "Naeem bhai called our physio
Moon bhai who told him to make sure
that I don't go unconscious or start to
vomit. I was losing a lot of blood but
there was nothing in sight, not even a
"So I wrapped my head with my T-
shirt while Naeem bhai tried to get me
into the ambulance. The problem was,
seven people had died and more than
40 people were injured so there was
not enough room for me in the ambu-
lance. After about two hours we got a
bus and were taken to Natore town
nearby. I couldn't find my phone but
thankfully Naeem bhai was there. I really
needed someone to help me to the bus
"In Natore, the doctors hurriedly gave
me the stitches, but it wasn't great. I
couldn't blame them since they were
only three and we had about 40 people
looking for medical attention. I managed
to call a friend in Rajshahi, who came
quickly and picked me up. I was admit-
ted to Islami hospital in Rajshahi where
they re-did my stitches and I was
released this afternoon. I am at home
While trying to locate him, this
reporter spoke to his father who said,
"It is Allah's grace that he is still among
us. It was a horrific accident."
Nihaduzzaman said he was feeling
better and was out of danger. He will
undergo a CT scan and pass on the
results to the BCB by yesterday. "I think
I have to submit all my medical reports
going to Dhaka though.
The Rajshahi divisional team's first
National Cricket League (first-class)
game is in Rajshahi so I don't know if
I should stay here. The doctors have
asked me for rest. I still have pain in
The BCB has offered him full support,
and is likely to ask him to come to Dhaka
for precautionary measures.
in bus crash
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If there were fears the English inter-
national season would limp to a con-
clusion---first of all in the wake of
Ashes victory and then with Australia
taking a 2-0 lead in this series---they
have been emphatically put to bed by
England s back-to-back victories,
which mean there is a winner-takes-
all match at Old Trafford, today.
The weather has played ball and the
pitches have been terrific for one-day
cricket: pace to encourage the likes of
Pat Cummins, but which also allows
attacking batsmen to prosper, enough
turn to not make the spinners redun-
dant coupled with fast outfields that
have provided value for shot.
Three-hundred has proved the
benchmark, but England's chase at
Headingley to level the series showed
that it can be overhauled.
"We really wanted to come here and
finish off the series and give us some
breathing space for Manchester...we
played it like a final, but the good thing
is Sunday (today) will be a final and
we've played a lot of them and been
quite successful," said Cummins
acknowledging that Australia will need
to dig deep for the deciding match.
For both the teams, it is the beginning
of a rebuilding process in one-day crick-
et. It will be interesting to see how
closely the sides at the 2017 Champions
Trophy---to be played in England---com-
pare to what is currently taking the
But the here and now is about win-
ning today. If England pull off the
comeback job to take the series, it will
give Eoin Morgan a complete set of lim-
ited-overs success this season.
"If momentum does exist then it is
with us. We managed to steal a bit of
it while we were in Manchester. I think
confidence is a contributor to that.
Going into Sunday (today) the guys are
full of confidence and we are really
looking forward to it," said Morgan.
For Australia, it is their last chance
to take something from a tour which
began with such high expectations, but
that will largely be remembered for bat-
ting collapses and retirements.
Glenn Maxwell says he is not a fan of the
law change that permitted him to pull off one
of the most brilliant outfield catches of the
year during on Friday s fourth ODI at Head-
Maxwell, fielding at deep midwicket during
the closing stages of England's series-squaring
three-wicket win, dismissed Liam Plunkett after
parrying the ball on the edge of the boundary,
then jumping to complete the take in mid-air
despite his last point of contact with the ground
having taken place on the wrong side of the
Prior to October 2013, the law had stated that
the fielder needed to have started in the field
of play and be grounded in bounds before secur-
ing the catch. That was amended by MCC to
reward athleticism in the outfield but Maxwell,
one of the best exponents of the art, said he
didn't see the point of the change.
"I don't think it makes a whole lot of sense,"
Maxwell said after the Headingley match. "You
should have to get back into the boundary.
"I think if you look at the basketball rule. You
have to jump from inside to throw it back in,
you can't jump up in the air and catch it on the
way back in.
"You've got to make sure your feet have landed
inside the court and I think it should be the
same in cricket.
"But while we're taking catches on our side
it doesn't really bother me, but I know if I was
a batsman I'd be pretty upset if that was the
dismissal. You've just go to play the rules you're
Eoin Morgan, England's victorious captain,
who also fell to a moment of brilliance from
Maxwell when he was caught one-handed in
the gully for 92, hailed the catch as "fantastic"
but also admitted that the rule change had
caught him unawares.
"I'm unclear on the rules to be honest," Morgan
said. "I think it's changed a couple of times so
I will be asking so that I know for the future."
Maxwell himself only became aware of the
law change after commenting on Twitter during
a similar incident in Australia's Big Bash in Jan-
uary. Josh Lalor, Sydney Thunder's fast bowler,
dismissed Cameron White, Melbourne Stars'
captain, having also started with his feet outside
the field of play. Maxwell tweeted: "That's not
out!! U can't jump from over the rope to take
the catch! The rule has changed, otherwise u
can catch one 20m back from the rope!"
He later admitted he was "happy to be proven
wrong", but added he thought it was a poor
amendment. MCC later clarified the rule change
on its website.
"I think it makes it easier as an outfielder,"
Maxwell said. "You've got to be aware of the
rope as well but it made the catch a lot easier
to complete, to be able to jump from back over
[the boundary] and catch it in the air.
"Obviously I didn't really want to have to do
it, but I lost a bit of balance on the boundary
line so I thought I had to throw it up, and obvi-
ously with the law being like it is, jump from
over the rope and back in and catch it in mid-
Maxwell criticises boundary-catch law change
England looks sharper for
England's one decision is whether
to recall Steven Finn, who was
rested for the fourth match, in place
of Mark Wood who, while bowling
quickly, has struggled to take
wickets (four in six ODIs now) and
has a high economy rate. Although
David Willey proved expensive at
the death, his new-ball burst of
three wickets was valuable.
Australia must decide whether to
push out Starc for one more match
on this tour, while they will most
likely have to find room for Ashton
Agar---probably at the expense of
Marcus Stoinis. James Pattinson
and John Hastings were both
expensive at Headingley and one
probably has to make way.
Hastings offers more batting, while
Pattinson has more of a future
ahead of him.
England: 1 Alex Hales, 2 Jason
Roy, 3 James Taylor, 4 Eoin Morgan
(capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jonny
Bairstow (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Liam
Plunkett, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 David
Willey, 11 Steven Finn
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Joe
Burns, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4
George Bailey, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6
Mitchell Marsh, 7 Matthew Wade
(wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 John
Hastings, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Pat
Cummins roars in
winning an lbw
England during the
fourth ODI at
Headingley on Friday.
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