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Miraz
February 10, 2007, 06:55 PM
Bangladesh A will be visiting Sri Lanka from 16 March 2007 to 4 April 2007 to play two four-day unofficial Tests (First class) and three unofficial one-day internationals (List A) with Sri Lanka A.

Hopefully the selectors will use the visit of England A and NCL final round to identify the players who can serve as the reserve for Bangladesh national squad.

The itinerary of the tour is confirmed by Cricket Sri Lanka.

March 16 - Arrive Colombo
March 19-22 - 1st Test, Colts Ground
March 25-28 - 2nd Test, CCC Ground
March 31 - 1st ODI, Colts
April 2 - 2nd ODI, CCC
April 4 - 3rd ODI, Sara Stadium

cricketboy
February 10, 2007, 07:02 PM
Great new. These tours will give us an opportunity to look at the fringe players plus give international exposure to young cricketers.

TheWatcher
February 10, 2007, 07:55 PM
Great news. Adding a warm up match in the beginning of the tour would be nicer.

Kabir
February 10, 2007, 08:12 PM
Amazing. Since Alhamdulillah we're getting a few tours and hosting a few nations, our selectors should pay special attention to the squad...as this is where we SHOULD pick our ODI players.

Since it's going to coincide with WC, it's a good thing that we can't send players from our ODI team. It's better that way.

al Furqaan
February 10, 2007, 08:33 PM
couple months too late...would been real handy for WC prep.

TheWatcher
March 2, 2007, 02:45 PM
Sri Lanka announced training squad for the series.

Media Release (http://content-sl.cricinfo.com/slc-mr/content/story/281314.html)


The selection committee at a meeting held on 21st February 2007 selected the following squad for training.

1. Michael Vandort
2. Mahela Udawatta
3. Malinda Warnapura
4. Thilan Samaraweera
5. Jehan Mubarak
6. Thilina Kandamby (subject to fitness)
7. Kanchana Goonawardane
8. Kaushal Silva
9. Ishara Amarasinghe
10. Akalanka Ganegama
11. Sujeewa Silva
12. Dhammika Prasad
13. Tharanga Lakshita
14. Chanaka Welagedera
15. Rangana Herath
16. Kaushal Lokuarachchi
17. Dilruwan Perera
18. Ranga Dias
19. Gayan Wijekoon

AsifTheManRahman
March 2, 2007, 03:54 PM
a few decent names in there. should be a good learning experience for our young side.

Miraz
March 11, 2007, 10:47 AM
BCB announced the following team for the Bangladesh A team tour in Sri Lanka

Bangladesh A team for the Tour of Sri Lanka in March/April 2007

The following cricketers have been selected for the Bangladesh A team for the Tour of Sri Lanka in March/ April 2007.

The selected cricketers are requested to report at the National Academy House in Dhanmondi on 14 March 2007, Wednesday at 6:00pm.

Please note that two players - Kazi Manzarul Islam Rana and Farhad Reza, will join the side for the three-match one-day series only and two players will return home after the completion of the two-match four-day series against Sri Lanka A.

Players:
1. Tushar Imran (Captain)
2. Md. Khaled Mashud Pilot
3. Mehrab Hossain
4. Mohammed Enamul Haque
5. Mohammed Sharif
6. Gazi Sahagir Hossain Pavel
7. Mohammed Nazimuddin
8. Nadif Chowdhury
9. Md. Nazmul Hossain
10. Talha Jubaer
11. Khandaker Musharraf Hossain
12. Md. Zahurul Islam
13. Dollar Mahmud
14. Mahmudullah Riyad
15. Kazi Manzarul Islam Rana ( Selected for one day matches only)
16. Md. Farhad Reza ( Selected for one day matches only)

Source : BCB media release

Miraz
March 11, 2007, 10:58 AM
Interesting to note that, selectors have kept both Sahagir Hossain and Khaled Mashud in the squad as the wicketkeeper. Bad luck for Nasiruddin Faruque and Zunaid to miss out the list.

AsifTheManRahman
March 11, 2007, 01:35 PM
might be mashud's last chance to prove himself for a while.

BanCricFan
March 11, 2007, 05:29 PM
Glad to see Talha been picked but really disappointed that an in-form Alok has been ignored! BCB really need to sort out its selection policy for A tours.

So often we see, just out of the blue, very young and inexperienced players been picked for A side or even the national team based on a mere handfull domestic or other performances. Inevitably when most of these young players fail- they are simply discarded in a hurry or ignored. This kind of treatment will definately hinder most young players development and progress.

National A side should not be an automatic stumping ground for the U19 graduates. It should be there for the out-of-favour national players so that they can make ammends, fringe players who have been performing consistantly for a number 0f seasons and so forth.

I admit BD selection process is better now than before but there is much more room for improvement. Finally, the name Hannan Sarkar- evokes so much pain! Considered by the Australians as one of very few BD players good enough to play first class cricket down-under. We all know he had one HORRIBLE tour of the W. Indies. He is now discarded like rubbish! I wonder what BCB has done to rehabelitate
his problem...

Aritro
March 11, 2007, 09:54 PM
As someone who'd actually like to see us win these matches and make some sort of statement, as opposed to going all out in our quest to blood young talent, I'm disappointed to note that Kapali, Iqbal and Sarkar are missing from the squad.

Especially considering that the first two are still in their early 20s.

sadi
March 11, 2007, 10:12 PM
Pilot has to compete for his job against Sagir now. Since Sagir performed so well, they couldn't drop him and few good performance from Sagir and bad performance from Pilot may have Pilot dropped from the A side too.

Good to see inclusion like Rana and Forhad. Good post there BanCricFan and I totally agree. We should have a little more experience in the side in Kapali and Shezan.

cricman
March 11, 2007, 10:16 PM
If we happened to get KO'd in the group stage I'd like some of the Nat'l team to play in the ODI's like Rajib.

*Lets just hope that doesn't happen

TheWatcher
March 12, 2007, 09:36 AM
Pilot in the team !!! Poor Tushar, like leading those youngsters was not hard enough for him.

With current team composition, Mahmudullah is pretty much guaranteed a place in the playing eleven for four day matches (unless the management decide to play both Saghir and Pilot in those matches). I understand Mahmudullah can be a very useful allrounder (batting, bowling, fielding) for one-days, but is he a good (or mature) enough batsman (or bowler) for four-dayers ?

akabir77
March 12, 2007, 09:44 AM
i think they will play pilot in test and the other one in ODI

TheWatcher
March 12, 2007, 04:25 PM
Sri Lanka A-team for 'unofficial Test matches' has been announced-

1. Thilan Samaraweera ( Capt.)
2. Malinda Warnapura ( V. Capt.)
3. Mahela Udawatte
4. Michael Vandort
5. Chamara Kupugedara
6. Jehan Mubarak
7. Kaushal Silva
8. Upul Chandana
9. Ishara Amarasinghe
10. Akalanka Ganegama
11. Sujeewa Silva
12. Rangana Herath
13. Kanchana Gunawardane
14. Ranga Dias
15. Tharanga Lakshita

- SLC media release (http://content-sl.cricinfo.com/slc-mr/content/story/284962.html)

All the players in red have played ODIs and Tests (both) for Sri Lanka.

ZunIAD
March 13, 2007, 03:22 AM
Hey guys this will be a hard tour. I remember when Srilanka A toured in Bangladesh where they dominated the two four day matches and winning the ODI series. Although Bangladesh A showed character and won one of the ODI matches. Playing in Srilankan condition will be much harder.
When Bangladesh A played England A they played some good cricket, even if the four day match series wasnt a draw. They played much better cricket than they did against Srilanka A where they were dominated in the 4 day match series and even if it was a draw. Again in ODI series Bangladesh A against England A they looked muched better compared to the ODI series against Srilanka A. Hope they put up a good fight against Srilanka A in their home and along the way win some matches. Atleast one ODI match needs to be won. I just saw the scoreboard England A vs Bangladesh A, around 4 to 5 players who played were over 25 years of age and played decent number of matches for the county leagues (such as essex, sussex and worectshire) in England. To know this fact makes you know that Bangladesh is doing well in cricket.

shovon13
March 13, 2007, 03:34 AM
which is why srilanka is playing such a strong A team. there are some good players in there who have already done well at times in the national team.
we are sending a pretty strong team too. this tour should be a good experience for those guys, few of whom are on the verge of being selected for the national team.

nobody
March 13, 2007, 05:44 AM
what Masud has to prove now? The only thing I see he screw the young one.

cricketboy
March 14, 2007, 04:46 PM
We don't even have 6 batsman in this team. Probably they want to play Sahgir as specialist batsman, which is pathetic. They should have made the bold move and selected Pilot or Sahgir.

wiseshah
March 14, 2007, 06:18 PM
where is Shamsur rahman shuvo, who had a great tour in England last year along with Tushar Imran. kapali should be back, so is Al shahriar. nafees Iqbal deserve another chance. Manjar and Forhad should be in both forms of cricket. finally, i want to see talented najmus sadat in the opening position

TheWatcher
March 18, 2007, 08:45 PM
News from Sri Lanka (http://www.dailynews.lk/2007/03/19/spo11.asp)-

Sri Lanka ‘A’ ready to maintain good form
Chris Dhambarage

The Sri Lanka ‘A’ team will be hoping to continue with their excellent form when they take on the touring Bangladesh ‘A’ team in the first four day unofficial test match which begins at the Colts CC grounds in Havelock Park today.

Sri Lanka ‘A’ had a successful tour of the West Indies and India recently and most of the players will be keen to maintain their consistency and prove themselves on their home grounds.

With another gruelling tour to the England coming up shortly the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team will be keen to get the maximum from this series which also includes three one day matches.

In addition some of the players who were overlooked for the ICC World Cup tournament will be determined to make an impact ahead of a busy home international schedule which will see teams from Bangladesh, India, South Africa and England touring the island during the next few months.

In contrast the Bangladesh ‘A’ team will be competing in this series with profound sadness as one of their promising players Mauzar Rana who was to have joined the tour party for the one day series later died under tragic circumstances.

In fact two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to Manzar Rana before the official press briefing on Saturday which was chaired by the President of Sri Lanka Cricket Jayantha Dharmadasa at the Headquarters in Maitland Place.

Even then their Australian coach Shaun Williams said that their aim is to perform well on this tour providing the much needed exposure in competitive cricket to the young players to further improve their skills whilst playing in different conditions.

Williams who has abundant experience as the Victoria Northern Territory, ACT head coach in Canberra said that the average age of their team is between 23 and 24 and that the players are growing fast and are prepared to learn.

Meanwhile the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team captain Tilan Samaraweera who is a seasoned campaigner at international test level said that their ambition is to win both the test and one day series. He believed that the present Bangladesh ‘A’ team is no pushover even through they lost to England ‘A’ team during their home test and one day series.

The manager of the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team Anura Tennekoon pointed out that one cannot judge the skill levels in one day cricket but in the longer duration of the game, better application, concentration and temperament could be observed.

He further said that the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team has been working hard under coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and they are quite keen to produce the results.

The teams:

Bangladesh ‘A’ (from): Tushar Imran (captain), Md. Khaled Mashud Pilot, Mehrab Hossain, Mohammed Enamul Haque, Mohammed Sharif, Gazi Sahagir Hossain Pavel, Mohammed Nazimuddin, Nadif Chowdhury, Md. Nazmul Hossain, Talha Jubaer, Khandaker Musharraf Hossain, Md. Zahurul Islam, Dollar Mahmud, Mahmudullah Riyad.

Sri Lanka ‘A’ (from): Thilan Samaraweera (captain), Malinda Warnapura (vice captain), Mahela Udawatte, Michael Vandort, Chamara Kupugedara, Jehan Mubarak, Kaushal Silva, Upul Chandana, Ishara Amarasinghe, Akalanka Ganegama, Sujeewa Silva, Rangana Herath, Kanchana Gunawardane, Ranga Dias, Tharanga Lakshita.

cricman
March 18, 2007, 08:48 PM
Oh, Snap 1st test is Today :), would love to see a Big score from Pilot would make the WK selection for the Test series interesting, hopefully TC will cover it.