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Preparation for SL tour from Thursday

CricBD Staff
6 June, 2007

The short-break over, the national cricketers start preparing for the Sri Lanka tour from Thursday under a new captain and new management.

The camp will begin at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium but without vice-captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique, are on duty with the Asia XI in the ongoing Afro-Asia Cup one-day competition in India.

New captain Mohammad Ashraful, left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak and dashing opener Tamim Iqbal, who played a blazing knock of 30 in the Afro-Asia Cup's Twenty20 game in Bangalore on Tuesday, returned home on Wednesday.

The selectors have named a 15-member Test squad for the three-match series and five additional players for the one-day side with only one new face in off-spinning all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad.

The team will camp for a week before departing for Colombo on June 17 under the guidance of a new management, which takes over at the end of Dav Whatmore's four-year stint.

BCB's national game development manager Shaun Williams has been appointed as interim head coach but he is likely to join the camp on Saturday. The Australian is now in abroad on personal reasons.

Assistant coaches Sarwar Imran and Mohammed Salahuddin will conduct the first day's fitness and fielding training.

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