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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tigers get ready for long journey ahead

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New-look Bangladesh cricket team gets ready for action with some demanding time ahead in the chilling cold as they prepare to play 40-day long series compromising with Tri-nation followed by a series against Sri Lanka. The upcoming Tri-nation gets into groove in the chilling cold as Zimbabwe team arrived at Dhaka on Friday while Sri Lanka will come today.

Host Bangladesh started their preparation from December 26 in their quest of winning their first tournament compromising with three nations.   Zimbabwe was earlier scheduled to come January 10 but later delayed their arrival by two days. They had also skipped their pre-planned warm-up match against BCB XI that was scheduled on January 13.

The 14-day long tri-series will start on January 15 with host Bangladesh taking on Zimbabwe in the round-robin tournament at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, the lone venue for the competition. The Tigers in their second game of the tournament will face Sri Lanka on January 19. In the second leg, the host will lock horn with Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka on January 23 and 25 respectively. The final of the tri-series will be held on January 27 in Mirpur.

Tigers will start their campaign against Sri Lanka with two Test matches scheduled to be played at Dhaka and Chittagong, with the first Test beginning at port city from January 31. The second Test will be played at SBNS from January 8. 

Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh will end with the two-match T20I series against the home side. The first T20I will be played at SBNCS on February 15 while the second one will be held at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on February 18.

The Tri-nation and the home series will mark some major changes in Tigers dressing room as they began the new year without their Sri Lankan head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, who quit from his post unexpectedly in October despite his contract running until World Cup 2019. Hathurusinghe joined Sri Lanka and his first assignment starts and coincidently his first assignment starts against Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appointed former national skipper Khaled Mahmud as the technical director of national cricket team ahead of the upcoming tri-nation One-Day International tournament and bilateral series against Sri Lanka. BCB made the decision following their former head coach Chandika Hathurusingha's departure in the middle of his tenure to join the Sri Lankan side in the same capacity.

-Atif Azam, AA

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