Sri Lanka series to be tough for players in squad: Tamim

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Tamim Iqbal plays a shot in practice session. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh men’s national cricket team left Dhaka for Sri Lanka on Saturday to play a three-match ODI series against the hosts in Colombo, reports UNB.

An aeroplane carrying the Tigers departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:45pm.

The first match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take place on 26 July while the remaining ones will be played on 28 and 31 July.

In the absence of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who has been ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury just a few hours before the 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 newspersons 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 well 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.

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