Team India arrives in Mirpur, hits the nets
The Indian cricket team got down to work soon after landing here on Monday for the short series against Bangladesh, sweating it out in a gruelling two-hour net session at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
The side led by Kohli arrived here by a morning flight from Kolkata and they hit the nets at the Stadium in the afternoon. The Indians will take on the hosts in a <g data-gr-id="21">one off</g> Test starting on Wednesday followed by a three-ODI series.
“Since we arrived on Monday and the boys wanted to practice, it was decided to train at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium as Bangladesh were training at Fatullah. On Tuesday, we will be training at Fatullah,” BCCI’s administrative manager Biswarup Dey told PTI. Since Fatullah, which is in Narayanganj district takes about an hour and half to reach from Dhaka city, where the team is staying, it was decided to hit the straps <g data-gr-id="26">rightaway</g>.
The team manager confirmed that all 14 members are fit and Wriddhiman Saha, who has sustained a hit on the chest during the final training session in Kolkata is absolutely fine and also trained with other members.
The Indian team will be concentrating on getting the bowling combination right. While Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh are almost certain to play, it will be <g data-gr-id="20">upto</g> Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri to decide on whether India will go with four or five bowlers. If they go with five bowlers, the toss-up will be between Varun Aaron and Karn Sharma.
Bangla team manager Mahmud quits
Bangladesh cricket team manager Khaled Mahmud has quit just ahead of the Test match against India starting Wednesday. Sources in Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said Mahmud e-mailed his resignation on Sunday to BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury, citing “family reasons”, leading Bangladeshi daily Prothom <g data-gr-id="62">Aalo</g> reported. <g data-gr-id="63">Queriedabout</g> this, BCB cricket operations committee chief Naimur Rahman denied any comment. However, he said the issue would be discussed with Mahmud.
Litton likely to keep wickets in one-off Test
With skipper Mushfiqur Rahim nursing a sprained finger, young Litton Das is likely to be Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper in the one off-Test against India, starting Wednesday.
Rahim had injured his ring finger during the Khulna Test against Pakistan in April. Even though Rahim was seen batting in the nets during the team’s training in Fatullah on Saturday, Litton practiced keeping wickets.
Rahim’s place in the playing XI as captain and batsman is still confirmed, but the recent developments have indicated that Litton may don the wicketkeeping gloves. Litton, 20, may also become the first player to keep wickets in the national team after Mushfiqur took over the job in 2007.