Dhaka: The Bangladesh squad, fresh from a disastrous trip to the ICC Champion Trophy in Sri Lanka, left on Tuesday for its month-long tour of South Africa where it will play two Tests and three Limited Over matches.
Four newly included players - batsmen Sanwar Hossain, Hannan Sarkar, Rafiqul Islam and bowler Anwar Hossain - will join the rest of the team in Dubai on its way to South Africa for its second tour beginning September 27 since 2000. Skipper and wicket-keeper Khaled Mashud along with his team left Colombo for Dubai, cricket officials said. In its last encounter in Colombo on Monday, New Zealand dismissed Bangladesh for its second-lowest total of 77 to post a 167-run win in an inconsequential match. The three dropped from Champion Trophy squad are teenager Mohammad Ashraful, off spinner Fahim Muntasir and middle-order batsman Mazharul Haque. Since gaining Test status in June 2000, Bangladesh has lost 12 of the 13 Tests it played. The lone match it drew was a rain-marred Test last year against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh: Khaled Mashud (captain), Habibul Bashar, Al-Shahriar, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mahmud, Manjurul Islam, Talha Jubair, Mohammad Rafique, Tapas Baishya, Alok Kapali, Javed Omar, Hannan Sarkar, Sanwar Hossain, Rafiqul Islam, Anwar Hossain.
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