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Bangladesh national team players are not going to play in the lone two-day practice match against Sri Lanka as they will enjoy a pause during the match because they are undergoing a hectic schedule since the South Africa series.

Tigers’ selector Habibul Bashar confirmed to New Age on Friday that they are set to select a fresh side consisting of those who didn’t make their national call yet but under their scrutiny for this level of cricket will take part in the game.

‘See, our players from the national fold have been undergoing a hectic schedule for a long. Perhaps you have noticed that after the conclusion of the series against South Africa they have started playing in the ongoing DPL,’ told Habibul Bashar.

‘Therefore, we preferred them to have some rest and eying to select a new team who are under our ruder for the national fold in future,’ he added.

Touring Sri Lanka is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on May 8 to take part in the two Tests against the Tigers and will play the one-off warm-up tie on May 10,11 at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan May 10,11 ahead of their final battle.

The opener of the series will be played from May 15 to 19 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram while the second a final game to be played from May 23 to 27 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

The BCB will declare the Tigers squad in the earlier this week for the series, told Habibul Basahar.

‘We are expecting to announce the squad for the series tentatively on April 24 or 25 as it will be sent to the BCB president [Nazmul Hasan] first for his approval by Saturday subsequently we will announce it.’

The host side will miss the service of their tried and tested pacer duo Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam in this series as the former has been sustaining a shoulder strain since the South Africa series and might need to go to England for better medication while the latter has been suffering from a stomach complication and will undergo a surgery in Singapore in this month.

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