Inspired by the recent ODI victory against Sri Lanka, Habibul Bashar, the Bangladesh captain, is confident of improving on Bangladesh's poor Test record against Sri Lanka, report agencies.
When Bangladesh visited Sri Lanka in September 2005, they were blanked 3-0 in the one-day series and suffered innings-defeats in both Tests. "We know our Test record is not good at all against Sri Lanka. But that all happened in the past," Habibul Bashar said. "This time we are confident that we can do something what we showed in the one-day series."
Sri Lanka were beaten for the first time by Bangladesh in the second one-dayer at Bogra and Mahela Jayawardene said that Muttiah Muralitharan joining the Test squad, after being rested for the one-day series, could make the difference. "A Test match is different altogether. You need to have a lot of patience and temperament, especially in this sort of slow wicket. We have to work hard to do well in Test series," said Jayawardene. "He [Muralitharan] has taken 580 odd wickets in Test cricket. So every team will want to have him in the side. His presence here for the Test is of course a big encouragement for us."
Bangladesh have recalled Mushfiqur Rahim, who made his Test debut against England in 2005 and led Bangladesh in the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, to the squad for the first Test which begins today (Tuesday) at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
Aftab Ahmed Chowdhury, the hero of the matches against Australia and Sri Lanka, was discarded Monday from the test team for the first test against Sri Lanka at the Bir Sreshtho Shaheed Ruhul Amin Stadium Tuesday.
The best eleven will be set just before the match, whcih starts at 9-30 am.
Faruk said, "Basically Aftab is a stroke player. He loves to play stroke. So we thought he is perfect for the one-day team."
Cricket circle in Chittagong expressed their disappointment at the dropping of Aftab-a promising hero from Chittagong. The Chittagong hero is being deprived of playing at his home ground...this is very unfortunate, they added.
But critics say in the cricket world, most of the high-scoring batsmen in the test matches like Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Mathew Hayden, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Injamamul Haque, VVS Laxman are also stroke players.
Besides Aftab, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tapash Baisya were also discarded from the team.
Faruk said, "Tapash is experienced, but now a days he is almost out of form."