Bangladesh-Sri Lanka ODI series: Tigers start practising

Bangladesh players Friday started practising session ahead of the three-match home ODI series against Sri Lanka this month.

All the cricketers – except for all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Mustafizur Rahman – of the preliminary squad joined the day's practice session at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Shakib and Mustafiz are now in 14-day quarantine after returning from India Thursday.

On May 1, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 23-member preliminary squad for the Sri Lanka series. However, a partial practice session of the cricketers, who were not included in the Sri Lanka Test series squad, started on that day.

Bangladesh got all the cricketers back together for a full practice session Friday as the Test squad joined the day's practice after completing their three-day quarantine upon returning home from Sri Lanka Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the BCB announced the itinerary for this month's Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series against the Tigers.

The Lankans will arrive in the capital on May 16 to play three day-night basis ODI matches on May 23, 25 and 28 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

Soon after their arrival, the Sri Lanka team will go for three-day quarantine from May 16-18. On completion of the quarantine period, the tourists will have an opportunity to conduct a two-day training session during May 19-20. Later, the Lankans will play a one-day practice match on May 21 at BKSP in Savar.

Bangladesh played a two-match Test series in Sri Lanka recently and lost the series 1-0.

Bangladesh's preliminary ODI squad

Tamim Iqbal Khan, Naim Sheikh, Imrul Kayes, Liton Kumar Das, Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Md Mithun, Mahmud Ullah, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Mahedi Hasan, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Saif Uddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam and Shohidul Islam

Source: United News of Bangladesh