The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur will take a leap back into the 1970s today morning when the national players face off in the first of their two 60-over practice games.
The two teams will be captained by Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe bin Mortaza. According to national selector Habibul Bashar, the decision to add ten extra overs was to allow the players to bat and bowl for longer periods.
“We are only getting enough time to play two practice matches before we head for the West Indies and the coaching staff wanted to make the most of it. It will allow the players to bat for a longer time,” said Bashar, adding that he could not recall the last time a 60-over game was played at Mirpur.
Opener Tamim Iqbal, who had hurt his ankle on Monday during training, is expected to feature in the practice game today.
“Tamim trained in the nets today and he seemed fine. He did not complain. He looked good and fit. So he will be playing today,” said Bashar.
The Bangladesh National team will leave for the West Indies on August 13 to play three ODIs, one T20I and two Tests. The first ODI will take place on August 20.