Bangla probables begin training

Published: Sunday, September 26, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:The Bangladesh cricket probables have kicked off their training in earnest for upcoming Test and One-day series against New Zealand at the Army Stadium here. The probables hit the training sessions after a week of rest since returning from their disastrous ICC Champions Trophy campaign in England.

The first day of training will concentrate only on physical aspects. The nets, however would commence at the Bangabandhu National Stadium only on Monday provided the heaven gods don't play spoilsport to it.

The Bangladesh Tigers, who had dished out wretched performances in the one-day tournaments, are keeping their fingers crossed over the availability of captain and star batsman Habibul Bashar for the first Test against New Zealand beginning October 19.

The swashbuckling right-hander, who was forced to miss the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy through a broken thumb is optimistic about playing the first Test."The rehab process has come off well. I'm pretty confident about playing the first Test," he said.

Fast bowler Mashrafee-bin Mortuza, touted fastest in the country has also been named among the 21 probables. The quickie, who had to miss the best part of a year after suffering a career threatening knee injury, however, would have to proves his fitness before he can be considered for the Dhaka Test.

The Kiwis will arrive in Dhaka on October 8.

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