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Mar. 21 Sylhet, (AFP) - Bangladesh host a "formidable" Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series starting on Friday and ambitions are growing after years of struggle.

Bangladesh finished last in the 2021-2023 World Test Championship, winning just one of their 12 matches.

But in their previous Test series, against New Zealand in November-December, Bangladesh won the first match in Sylhet before losing the second in Dhaka after a close fight.

"We have high expectations," Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha told reporters in Sylhet ahead of the first Test, part of the 2023–25 World Test Championship cycle.

"If we can win most matches at home, then we give ourselves a good chance to be in contention in the World Test Championship."

"This Test series gives us a good challenge, but we are up for it," he added.

Hathurusingha warned however that he was expecting a tough challenge from his home nation Sri Lanka, calling them a "formidable, very experienced side".

Bangladesh will have to defy recent history.

They have won one of their 24 Tests against Sri Lanka, with their only victory coming seven years ago in Colombo.

Bangladesh will also be without veteran batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who was ruled out of the series with a thumb injury.

Bangladesh's highest scorer in Tests with 5,676 runs in 88 matches was injured during Monday's four-wicket win, when he helped the hosts to a 2-1 victory in the ODI series.

Sri Lanka won the Twenty20 series 2-1.

Bangladesh look set to rest pace bowler Shoriful Islam, one of the few all-format cricketers in the side.

"Shoriful played a lot of white-ball cricket so we are giving him time off," said Hathurusingha.

With Taskin Ahmed also unavailable for the series, the hosts might hand debuts to uncapped fast bowlers Mushfik Hasan and Nahid Rana.

The second Test begins in Chittagong on March 30.

  • Bangladesh squad: Najmul Hossain Shanto (capt), Zakir Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan, Shadman Islam, Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Towhid Hridoy, Shahadat Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Mushfik Hasan, Nahid Rana
  • Sri Lanka squad: Dhananjaya de Silva (capt), Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nishan Madushka, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kamindu Mendis, Lahiru Udara, Prabath Jayasuriya, Ramesh Mendis, Nishan Peiris, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Gunasekara

  Comments - 3

  • Our Umpires Friday, 22 March 2024 01:57 AM

    We see partial decisions by Bangladesh umpires

    Jude Friday, 22 March 2024 02:19 AM

    Bangladeshi players making mockery of the "Time out" incident. I find Coach Hathurusighe must put it to rest. Any Bangladeshi player making any unwanted gestures should be punished!! Bangladeshi players playing cricket at the highest level but nothing to show for!! My message for Bangladeshi players is, you're bunch of boys trying hard to become men!! Remember we've won everything what ICC have to offer, world cups ODI and T20 then Champions Trophy (joint with India) So I reiterate, first win something big then you guys can become "Showboats" or Gloat.

    Jude Friday, 22 March 2024 09:09 AM

    Coach hathru have no control over the team, he's just picking his paycheque!! The mocking of "Timed out" situation Hathurusighe should putta stop to it. What Bangladesh did low class low-level lowlife thing and we became a victim of that, but ,B's mocking about is way out of line. I reiterate, Bangladesh haven't proved anything in the international level, you will game or two doesn't make you a great team or championship caliber team. Hey you know how they address SL former world Cup champs come This June at the T20 world Cup they're gonna address SL as former T20 world Cup champs!! Now what about bdesh, they'll call them just bdesh.


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