Considering that Bangladesh recently toured Sri Lanka for a Test series, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this series is nothing but an extension of that tour. But no, that tour has ended and right after, Sri Lanka are returning the favour instantly, visiting Bangladesh to reciprocate.
The big news for Bangladesh is that their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has returned to their 15-member squad following a thigh injury that forced him to miss the New Zealand tour. He also missed the Sri Lanka Test tour as he had to play the Indian Premier League.
While Shakib has returned, out-of-form Najmul Hossain Shanto is the most high profile of the five players that have been dropped.
Al Amin Hossain, Hasan Mahmud, Rubel Hossain and Nasum Ahmed form the other quartet that has been axed.
The Tigers will be hoping to replicate the happenings of their home series against West Indies when they won 3-0 rather than their tour of New Zealand where they were humiliated 3-0.
Sri Lanka recently appointed Kusal Parera as their new ODI captain, and the new leader wants the team to play fearless cricket – just as he personally likes it.
The Men in Blue’s stock in ODI cricket has deteriorated so much over the years that they are now ranked 9th in the ICC rankings. On top of it, they will be missing several established players such as Angelo Mathews for this ODI series.
With the team featuring a bunch of youngsters and newcomers, Parera has urged his charges to not be bogged down by the fear of failure and instead concentrate on playing their natural game.