In the absence of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who has been ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury just one day the before team’s departure, Tamim Iqbal will lead the Tigers in the series.”The series is important for us. Some of our important players are missing this series. It’s a big challenge for the guys who are in the squad,” Tamim told reporters at the airport before the departure.
“It’ll be tough to face Sri Lanka at their home. They’re a strong side on the home soil. We have to play our best cricket to register a position result,” he added.
Along with Mashrafe, all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin was also left out due to injury. The team management called Farhad Reza and Taskin Ahmed as the replacements.
Bangladesh will miss the service of Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das in the upcoming series as they are on leave due to personal reasons.
This is the first assignment of the Bangladesh team after their unexpected run in the ICC Men’s World Cup in England and Wales where they ended eighth.
Four other players – Anamul Haque Bijoy, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Mithun –playing for Bangladesh A in the one–day series against Afghanistan A team, will go to Colombo on July 22. Another cricketer, Taijul Islam, now in Bangalore with BCB XI, will fly to the island nation on July 23.