Tigers to play practice game in Sri Lanka

Local spin coach to replace Vettori for SL tour

Sports Correspondent

14 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A Bangladesh Cricket Board official said on Saturday that Tigers will play a two-day practice game in Sri Lanka ahead of their scheduled two-match Test series against the hosts next month.

Bangladesh are expected to travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 12 and they are scheduled to play the lone two-day practice game on April 17.

Bangladesh team management received huge criticism for not playing any longer version game before their last two-match Test series against West Indies after they got humiliated in that series by 0-2.

The result opened the eyes of BCB as they made sure that they get a practice game ahead of two Tests scheduled respectively on April 21 and 29.

Most of the Bangladesh Test team members are currently in New Zealand to play limited-over series that will end on April 1 and BCB is trying heart and soul to give them enough preparation before playing the two Tests.

“Most of the cricketers of the national team are currently in New Zealand preparing for the ODIs and T20Is series against the hosts and will travel to Sri Lanka within three to four days after they return home,” said BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan.

“The players outside the ODI and T20I squad are having ample opportunities to practice in the NCL (National Cricket League) tournament. We are also demanding a practice match in Sri Lanka upon getting there and hopefully, there won’t be a problem regarding it,” he added.

Akram added that they are thinking to send a local spin coach to Sri Lanka as their spin consultant Daniel Vettori is not ready to join them during that series.

Vettori, who was unable to join the team during their recent home series against the West Indies owing to the Covid-19 travel restrictions, recently joined the national dressing room in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Bangladesh were without any spin coach during their home Test series against West Indies and prominent local coach Sohel Islam is likely to travel with the national team in Sri Lanka in Vettori’s absence.

“We won’t have Daniel Vettori outside New Zealand as there is a systematic problem of entering and exiting New Zealand, due to the coronavirus pandemic period. So we have made contractual changes to keep Vettori until the end of the T20I series in New Zealand,” said Akram.

“We are considering local coaches for the Sri Lanka tour. We need time to come with a solution regarding Vettori. We will surely discuss the matters in the next few days,” he added.