Venue changed for the first practice game in Bangladesh
BY: BIPIN DANI
Sri Lanka's touring cricket team which was supposed to play its first two-day practice match in Chattogram will now play in Dhaka. The visiting team was scheduled to play the inaugural tour game on May 11 & 12 at MA Aziz Stadium, (the first Test match is to be played in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) but the same has been shifted to the BKSP (Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan) ground in Dhaka. The home team to play the practice match against Sri Lanka will be known as the BCB XI and will be led by Md. Mithun.
"The request to change the venue was received from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). No specific reason was given for this change". - one of the sources in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said exclusively over the telephone from Dhaka on Sunday.
The Lankan squad comprising 18 players and 12 support staff including the tour selector Pramodya Wickramsinghe reached Bangladesh on Sunday morning will stay in Dhaka till the training and the practice game are over. Whereas, the home team was scheduled to reach the first Test venue on Sunday, i.e. a week before the Test, which is to begin on May 15.
"Maintaining the protocol, there was no thread ceremony held at the SLC office". - the source in Colombo confirmed.
The opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who, on Saturday scored 36 runs in his last match (of the first half season) for Yorkshire is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh immediately after the Sunday match. He is believed to have had chats with the coaching staff.
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