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Afghans due in Dhaka today

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  • 10 June, 2023 12:00 AM
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Afghans due in Dhaka today

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Afghanistan national cricket team led by skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi will arrive in Dhaka today to take part in a one-off Test series against hosts Bangladesh.

The Afghans will arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in two separate groups with the first contingent landing here at 10:30am (BST) and the rest of the members arriving at 05:00pm (BST).

The team will be without their biggest star Rashid Khan who was given rest for the longer-version match as he has just recovered from a back injury.

However, players like Rahmat Shah, Afsar Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran and Nasir Jamal, who were part of the last Test squad against Zimbabwe in 2021, are in the squad against the Tigers.

The Afghans, who played six Tests so far since their maiden appearance in 2018, won three matches and lost the remaining three matches.

The touring side have a good memory against Bangladesh when both teams met in this format as they won that game by a massive 224-run margin in Chattogram in 2019.

Afghanistan players are scheduled to take part in three practice sessions at the National Cricket Academy in Mirpur on June 11-13 before they face the hosts in the lone Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on June 14-18.

They will then travel back to their country before returning here again next month to play three ODIs and two T20Is against Bangladesh in Chattogram and Sylhet respectively.

Meanwhile, BCB’s Chief Physician Debashish Chowdhury on Friday said that the treatment of opener Tamim Iqbal for his back problem is going on and he can only give his final assessment after a few days.

“Tamim has a back problem. This is nothing new. We are observing his situation. There are still four to five days so I can’t give my final assessment now,” Debashish told reporters in Mirpur.