No practice sessions for Bangladesh in Lahore

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Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 18:34 [IST]
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B'desh unlikely to practice in Lahore

Karachi, Apr 18: The Bangladesh cricket team is unlikely to hold any practice sessions at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. Bangladesh are all set to play a One day international and a Twenty20 game against Pakistan at the end of this month.

According to reports, the Bangladesh team will travel to Lahore on April 28 and straight away play the one-off ODI the next day, followed by one Twenty20 international.

"Due to security issues, the Bangladesh team will leave on the night of April 30th for Dhaka from Lahore and it plans to have no practice sessions ahead of the matches," a source said.

Sources also said that the team was most likely to have a three-day conditioning camp in Dhaka before leaving to Lahore. But it is not confirmed if two senior players, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal will be given break from the Indian Premier League to attend the camp or join the team directly in Lahore.

Meanwhile, The Pakistan cricket team is set to begin a conditioning camp from April 21 after national selection committee meets on Thursday to announce a list of players who will attend the camp.

"Basically the teams for the two matches will be selected from the pool of players who will be invited for the camp," a source said.

Pakistan may, after consulting coach Dav Whatmore, take the risk of introducing new players who have impressed in the recently concluded national one-day championship and the super eights T20 tournament.

"The idea is to give exposure to a few new players either in the ODI or in the T20 as the tilt is towards building a separate T20 squad for this year's T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka," the source added.

Earlier reports suggest that a few top Bangladeshi players were unwilling to tour Pakistan due to security concerns. Bangladesh will be the first team to tour Pakistan after the 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players.


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