Return of the rest day
The first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Mirpur may not be the most mouth-watering contest of the year, but statistically, it may not be forgotten for a while. The fourth day (December 29) has been declared a rest day on account of the parliamentary elections. The concept of a rest day was scrapped during the mid-90s, and the previous such instance was back in December 2001, during the first Test between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the SSC. The players had a break due to Poya day celebrations in the country.
Normal service resumes from the second Test onwards.
Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo