5 May 2007
Tigers will play a practice match tomorrow (Sunday) at Mirpur Sher E Bangla National Stadium as part of their preparation for up-coming three match ODI series against India. The match will allow the cricketers to acclimatize with the home condition after a three month long Caribbean tour.
National cricketers will play against a team consists of centrally contracted players, Bangladesh A team and academy players.
Bangladesh A team captain Tushar Imran, former skipper Khaled Mashud, Rajin Saleh, Nafis Iqbal, Alok Kapali, Zunaed Siddiqe, Nazmus Sadat, Sajedul Islam and Dollar Mahmud will feature in the team that is expected to provide a tough challenge for the Tigers.
The Tigers had played a good number of international matches for last couple of months but the chief selector Faruque Ahmed believes the practice match will provide an ideal opportunity for the players to get an idea about the pitch.
"There is nothing better than playing matches. I think this preparation match gives the players an idea about the surface in Mirpur," said Faruque when asked about the practice match.
No practice match is scheduled for the touring India team before the start of the ODI series on May 10.