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Bangladesh arrive today for five ODIs


After Australia’s refusal to undertake a tour of Pakistan, citing security reasons, the Bangladesh cricket team is filling in for them and they arrive here at the city’s Quaid-e-Azam International Airport at 6.00 am early today (Sunday).

Later today, at 12.00 noon, the arrival press conference will be held here at the Kohinoor Hall of the Pearl Continental Hotel. All PCB accredited electronic and print media representatives are requested to attend.

The Bangladesh team will play a series of five One-day Internationals in Pakistan. The touring squad was named late last month and it will have regular skipper Mohammad Ashraful as the captain, who was fined by the board for a recent altercation with a spectator while returning from a practice session.

Recently, Bangladesh suffered a clean three-nil sweep at the hands of touring South Africa in a series of One-day Internationals. They made amends soon after inflicting the same result over a team from Ireland.

“We have kept the winning combination for this tour,” Rafiqul Alam, Bangladesh’s chief selector, said last month. “I am sure the series whitewash of Ireland has given the boys a lot of confidence which they will carry over to Pakistan.”

Bangladesh squad: Mohammad Ashraful (captain), Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Aftab Ahmed, Nazimuddin, Shahriar Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan, Raqibul Hasan, Dhiman Ghosh (wk), Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Syed Rasel.

Pakistan have named their line-up initially for the first two One-day Internationals. Pace bowlers Umar Gul and Rao Iftikhar were recalled and the three finds from the ODI series against Zimbabwe at home recently — Nasir Jamshed, Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz — were given another opportunity to impress, while there was a recall for batsman Bazid Khan.

Pakistan squad: Shoaib Malik (captain), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk).

The two teams will play a series of five One-day Internationals which will be followed by a one-off Twenty20 International, the first such match to be played on Pakistan soil.

Tour itinerary: April 8 1st One-day International, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. April 11 2nd One-day International, Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad. April 13 3rd One-day International, Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. April 16 4th One-day International, Multan Cricket Stadium. April 19 5th One-day International, National Stadium Karachi. April 20 Twenty20 International, National Stadium Karachi.

All five ODI matches will be day/night affairs as will the Twenty20 International.

Pakistan played its first One-day International against Bangladesh back in March 1986, when the latter were still an associate member nation of the International Cricket Council (ICC). This was a game in the 1985-86 Asia Cup competition at Moratuwa near Colombo in Sri Lanka.

However, of the 18 One-day Internationals played between the two nations, Bangladesh have won only one against Pakistan’s 17 victories. Bangladesh had stunned Pakistan by beating them by 62 runs, in a World Cup match in Northampton, England, on May 31, 1999.

Strangely, however, Bangladesh have played only one previous series of One-day Internationals on Pakistan soil. Pakistan won all the five matches played in the 2003-04 rubber here.

Source:Cricket News

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