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Bangladesh and Sri Lanka face off


BAN vs SL 1st Test LIVE: The 2023 World Test Championship cricket returns with Bangladesh hosting Sri Lanka for a two-Test series starting at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here on Sunday. With Sri Lanka desperate to move up in the standings, Bangladesh are eager to seize the opportunity to climb from the eighth position they sit in the nine-team table. Follow live updates from BAN vs SL on InsideSport.IN.

This will be the first posting for new Sri Lankan head coach Chris Silverwood after stepping down as England head coach following the Ashes debacle. He succeeds Mickey Arthur, who enjoyed success with the Sri Lankan team. Silverwood is backed by assistant Naveed Nawaz, who himself came up with his name for the lead role.

BAN vs SL 1st Test LIVE: Shakib cloud looms as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earn valuable WTC points as series kicks off in Chattogram – Follow BAN vs SL Live updates

BAN vs SL 1st Test LIVE: Shakib cloud looms as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earn valuable WTC points as series kicks off in Chattogram – Follow BAN vs SL Live updates

Also Read: BAN vs SL Test Series: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Full Schedule, Date, Time, Venue, Teams, Live Stream All You Need to Know Tour of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka

Lahiru Thirimanne has asked for three-month paternity leave, Pathum Nissanka is recovering from injury, while Charith Asalanka has been asked to focus on limited formats.

Who accompanies Dimuth Karunaratne at the top of the order remains a big question for tourists given the absent players, with Oshada Fernando potentially the man to step up, according to ICC. The uncapped Kamindu Mendis, who has made a name for himself as an ambidextrous spinner, could find himself in the playing XI more for his stick, after a flamboyant top-class domestic season.

BAN vs SL 1st Test LIVE: Shakib cloud looms as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earn valuable WTC points as series kicks off in Chattogram – Follow BAN vs SL Live updates

Also read: BAN vs SL test: Massive boost for Bangladesh as all-round star Shakib Al Hasan tests negative for COVID-19 to join squad and be considered for 1st test

BAN vs SL 1st Test LIVE: Shakib cloud looms as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka aim for valuable WTC points as series kicks off in Chattogram – Follow BAN vs SL Live updates
BAN vs SL 1st Test LIVE: Shakib cloud looms as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earn valuable WTC points as series kicks off in Chattogram – Follow BAN vs SL Live updates

For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan’s long-awaited return will take a little longer after the versatile world No. 4 tested positive for Covid-19, with hopes he will be available for the second match at Mirpur. Also missing is Mehidy Hasan Miraz, with pace spearhead Taskin Ahmed also injured after suffering a shoulder injury in South Africa.

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka team

Bangladesh: Mominul Haque Showrab (Captain), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Kumer Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz (out of first test, second test available subject to recovery ), Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Rejaur Rahman Raja, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam (subject to suitability)

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kamil Mishara, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Suminda Lakshan, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lasith Embuldeniya

BAN vs SL 1st Test LIVE: Shakib cloud looms as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earn valuable WTC points as series kicks off in Chattogram – Follow BAN vs SL Live updates




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