Zimbabwe in city to lock horns against Tigers

DHAKA, A 15-member Zimbabwe Test squad, led by Craig

Ervine arrived in Dhaka on Saturday to play a bilateral series against

Bangladesh.

The series comprised with a one-off Test, three ODIs and two T20

Internationals.

Regular captain Sean Williams opted out the Test match to stay by his wife

during the birth of their first child. But he is expected to be available in

the ODI and T20 series.

The visitors will have two-day practice session at the National Cricket

Academy Cricket Ground in Mirpur before they gear up for the Test match with

a two-day practice match against BCB XI, scheduled for February 18-19 at

BKSP.

They will then begin the tour, squaring off against the Tigers in the lone

Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on February 22.

After the completion of the Test, the two teams will move to Sylhet where

they will play three ODIs slated for March 1, 3 and 6. The ODI series was

actually scheduled to be held in Chattogram but later the BCB shifted the

venue.

After the ODI series, the teams will return to Dhaka for the two T20Is, to

be held on March 9 and 11. Zimbabwe will leave the country on March 12.

Although, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to name the Test

squad, the Tigers had already engaged them in practice session under the

supervision of head coach Russell Domingo.

The Test squad is likely to be announced following a board meeting on

Sunday at the BCB headquarters.

Bangladesh which has been going through a perennial defeat jinx in Test

cricket is believed to rethink about the Test squad. The Tigers lost six

straight Test matches, while five Tests by an innings margin.

It is highly likely that some of the players would pay the price for

Bangladesh's Test debacle with Mahmuduallh Riyad in the forefront to be axed.

Mahmudullah, the T20 captain of the side, played a wretched shot during

the second innings of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi to spark

the collapse. And also his number in Test cricket was not good at all despite

being a senior player of the side.

While Mahmudullah's Test future looked bleak, it is almost sure that

Mushfiqur would come back to the Test squad after opting out the Test match

in Pakistan, citing security concerns.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha