Tigers strengths on an open page ahead of Tri-nation series
There will not be much under hiding of their strengths when Bangladesh will face touring Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe sides in the double league basis seven-match Tri-nation ODI series, which starting at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on January 15.
Chandika Hathurusingha has joined Sri Lanka Cricket on December 8, 2017 to start his assignment as the head coach of the Lankan cricket team on December 20, 2018 onwards after his retirement from Bangladesh Cricket Board in 2nd week of November in 2017. Hathurusingha can easily describe the best to his current boys about the Bangladesh team strength or weakness compare to the other head coaches around the world.
On the other hand, former pace bowling coach of Bangladesh cricket team Heath Streak turned to the head of coach of another rival of the Tri-nation series Zimbabwe cricket team.
Former Zimbabwe captain and a renowned bowling all-rounder Heath Streak is continuing the assignment for his country’s team head coach from October 2016. He completed his assignment with Bangladesh cricket in May 2016, starting in 2014.
“It’s like another home outside the home. I’m feeling good. Not many a days’ ago, I’ve spent two years here in Bangladesh. Well, I’m expecting a good Tri-nation series.” Heath Streak said when talking to journalists in a press conference in Mirpur on Saturday.
“I’ve good relation with Hathurusingha and Bangladesh cricket team technical director Khaled Mahmud (apparently has taken the reins of Bangladesh cricket). I think, tough challenges will continue throughout the series among us. We all know about the players and condition here [Bangladesh] Hathurusingha as well. Moreover, some players of Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka played well in the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League). So, we have opportunity to make good plan on ground and on technical matters,” Heath Streak added.
Hathurusingha boys’ arrived in the capital on Saturday. Angelo Mathews-led Sri Lanka cricket ODI team landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 11:50 am.
Graeme Cremer-led a 15-member Zimbabwean side reached in the capital earlier on Friday after suffering schedule collapse twice, which force them to cancel the only practice match against BCB XI scheduled to be held at the BKSP in Savar on Saturday (January 13).
Instead of practice match, the Zimbabwean side had a training session in the afternoon at BCB National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur on the day ahead of their series campaign.
Three nations will play the double league basis ODI series where each side will face one another twice during the league before the final. The top two teams of the league will play the final on January 27.
In the double league series, Bangladesh will meet Zimbabwe in the inaugural match on January 15, face Sri Lanka on January 19 and play Zimbabwe again on January 23 before taking on Sri Lanka on January 25.
After the tri-series, Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka for two Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka respectively. The first Test will be played from January 31 to February 4 and the second match from February 8 to 12.
Sri Lanka's tour will end with two T20Is -- the first on February 15 in Dhaka and the second on February 18 in Sylhet.
Fixture of Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh: 1st Test: January 31-February 4, Chittagong. 2nd Test: February 8-12, Dhaka. 1st T20I: February 15, Dhaka. 2nd T20I: February 18, Sylhet.