Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2017 February 17, 2017

Bangladesh to play 100th Test in March

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Bangladesh will play their 100th Test, against Sri Lanka in Colombo © Associated Press

Bangladesh will play their 100th Test match, against Sri Lanka, on March 15 in Colombo. Having played their first Test in November 2000, Bangladesh will be the last of the Full Members to complete the century, having taken little over 16 years to the mark.

The visitors will begin their tour with a two-day practice game in Moratuwa before the first Test in Galle on March 7 and their milestone match at P Sara Oval a week later.

The limited-overs leg begins with a warm-up game on March 22, before Dambulla hosts the first and second ODIs on March 25 and 28. The series concludes in Colombo - unusually at the SSC, which has not hosted an ODI since 2011.

Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva said the decision to play this match - a day game - was made on the basis that Bangladesh were not a major drawcard. The SSC has a capacity of about 10,000.

"The reason we don't host one-day games at SSC when we play other teams, is because we feel we won't be able to accommodate the crowds there - the capacity is very limited at SSC," de Silva said. "But when we play against Bangladesh, though there will be crowds, it will not exceed the capacity which can be accommodated as SSC, I'm sure.

"When you play at a smaller ground also, it would seem like there are crowds - even for a Bangladesh tour. We can market it better."

The two T20Is to finish the tour, however, will be played at Khettarama.

The Bangladesh squad is expected to be announced by February 20, while training begins in Mirpur on February 24. This is Bangladesh's first bilateral tour of Sri Lanka since 2013, when they drew the Galle Test and also secured a 1-1 result in the three-match ODI series.

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  • S.m. Tofazzel Hossain on February 26, 2017, 0:15 GMT

    Lots a crazy words from Indian and BD fans. The world knows what both teams are now and their history. Bangladesh has a total history of cricket only for two decades which is mostly surfaced with struggle in the field due to many reasons. LBW found to be most easy decisions against BD batsmen which could be a bit different. Conspiracy theory of big boards always made Bangladesh sufferers. Bangladesh players mostly remains game less in cricket seasons when better playing weather prevails. Despite all these systemic issues Bangladesh is now found to be a bit better organized at home conditions for last three four years . Lets be positive with that and we hope that BD players will able to change the momentum in their favour in overseas conditions. Good luck for BD team in Lanka Tour .

  • Shishir Bhattarai on February 22, 2017, 1:31 GMT

    I suppose this is a very big opportunity for both the team to prove themselves better than others. Bangladesh used to be treated as minnow earlier while Sri Lanka was one of the big teams. But now, Bangladesh is rising and SL cricket is decling. It could be fair competition!!

  •   kkpusa on February 21, 2017, 19:41 GMT

    SL thrashed Aussies in the three match test series at home. They are looking forward to thrash Bangladesh by big margins...

  • Srilankan on February 21, 2017, 4:02 GMT

    1. Tharanga 2. Kaushal 3. Mendis 4. Chandimal 5. Mathews 6. Asela 7. Dananjaya 8. Herath 9. Dilruwan 10. Sandakan 11. Lakmal

  • Srilankan on February 21, 2017, 3:33 GMT

    Bangladesh will get the same treatment in Tests, Aussies got couple of months ago.

  • Srilankan on February 21, 2017, 3:27 GMT

    Another white wash on the card. I would be surprised if Bangladesh could take the game to day 5.

  • sapjob7026530 on February 20, 2017, 21:57 GMT

    TEST MATCHES

    COUNTRY YEARS M W L D W/L% RUNS/WKT

    Australia 1877-2017 787 370 210 205 1.761 34.45

    Bangladesh 2000-2017 98 8 75 15 0.106 24.52

    England 1877-2016 977 351 284 342 1.235 32.40

    India 1932-2017 508 137 157 213 0.872 33.80

    New Zea 1930-2017 416 88 168 160 0.523 28.85

    Pakistan 1952-2017 375 113 111 151 1.018 32.42

    South AF 1889-2017 401 150 132 119 1.136 32.26

    Sri Lanka 1982-2017 249 79 92 78 0.858 32.80

    West Indies 1928-2016 515 164 177 173 0.926 32.28

    Zimbabwe 1992-2016 101 11 64 26 0.171 26.23

    NO COMPARISON. BAN has the lowest Win / Loss % and the Lowest Runs/Wkt. Zimbabwe scores more per wicket than BAN. I am sure some delusional BAN fans might argue that Lowest means they are the BEST. By the way, BAN has the most Innings Defeats in Test Cricket.

  • sapjob7026530 on February 20, 2017, 18:39 GMT

    @A.RAHMAN : You must be delusional in saying IND's batsmen are ordinary. If you cannot even overcome the so called "ordinary" batsmen's performance, then how "below ordinary" are you? Ladies and Gentlemen, "ordinary" batsmen scored 846 Runs for the loss of 10 Wkts in two innings (687 for 6 in the First Innings) and the "world beaters, aka, below ordinary BAN team" scored 638 Runs for the loss of 20 wkts. BAN in 2 complete innings could not even score, put together what India scored in the first innings for the loss of 6 wkts !

    According to A.RAHMAN, by an ordinance, a few words in the English Dictionary have been changed in meaning. Read "ordinary" as "excellent" and "excellent" as "pathetic". Since numbers cannot be changed, here you go:

    BAN against INDIA Tests: M: 9 W : 0, L: 7 Conclusion : BAN "excellent" , IND "ordinary"

    ODI: M: 25 W : 4 L: 20 Conclusion : BAN "excellent" , IND "ordinary"

    T20: M: 4 W : 0 L: 4 Conclusion : BAN "excellent" , IND "ordinary"

  • gary on February 20, 2017, 9:12 GMT

    Soon ICC will revoke test status of BD. Consistent poor performance despite financial support from India. Its due to India's effort that some of the ICC tournaments have been played in BD in the last 10 years. But all of India's efforts have gone down the drain. BD team is still a club level rookie. Some stats: BAN against IND: Tests- M9, W0, L7 ODI- M25 W4 L20 T20- M4 W0 L4

  • kkp3008917521 on February 19, 2017, 21:42 GMT

    Dear Bangladesh team, have you ever won a test match that is significant outside your home. Even the sole notable win against England did not help you to win the series. You need to win test matches at home consistently. That would help you become a strong team. Instead of worrying about what India did in first 17 years, you focus on building a team that can win or at least draw matches at home. Every test playing teams nowadays are strong at home except zim and Bangladesh. There is no weak host these days except you. One can't win series in India, SL, Australia, England, south Africa, in uae against pak. But its easy to win in Bangladesh. That needs to change if you want to become a good opponent

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