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Tigers begin training
7 June, 2007
Bangladesh's preparation for the tour of Sri Lanka began at the Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur National Stadium on Thursday, 11 days after conclusion of the Tigers' home series against India.
Mohammad Ashraful, who will lead the country for the first time, opener Tamim Iqbal and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak all missed the first day's session as they only returned from India late on Wednesday after playing in the Afro-Asia Cup Twenty20 International for where they played for Asia XI.
They, however, took part in a gym session later on the day with the rest of the team.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mohammad Rafique are still in India, playing for Asia's ODI team in the Afro-Asia Cup. Left-handed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was also missing as he was attending his brother's wedding ceremony.
But the morning session was all about fitness as the Tigers were restricted to the indoors due to wet conditions in the ground. Later in the afternoon, the Tigers took part in fielding drills and a speed endurance session.
The five-hour long session also introduced all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad to his new teammates, as it was his first time with the national setup.
Assistant coach Sarwar Imran, who was in charge of practice, told the reporters: "We’ll try to play our best and if that is possible, we will be able to draw the Test series. We are not thinking about our last match but looking forward to the upcoming series with a positive attitude.”
The former fast bowler said that batting is their main concern and that they would like to work hard on it before flying for Sri Lanka.
He expressed his satisfaction at becoming the assistant coach of Bangladesh team. “All coaches have a desire to establish themselves as the national team coach. I think, I’ve been given this job as BCB has enough faith on me,” he said. "As far as I am concerned, this is not a demotion."
Bangladesh will play the first Test from June 25 at the Premadasa Stadium.
Tigers will return to practice on Saturday after a day's break.