Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene says that his side will not be underestimating Bangladesh ahead of two Tests and a One Day International tri-series also involving Zimbabwe.
"Each and every game that I play, I take it seriously. It's as simple as that," Jayawardene, 31, said in a news conference. "Doesn't matter whether it's Bangladesh or anybody else," he added.
"Bangladesh are an improving side, young side. We don't want to leave any room for them to get close to us. That's the attitude," he added.
Sri last toured Bangladesh in 2006 where Jayawardene, in his first series in charge, saw his side lost an ODI for the first time against the Tigers before coming back to win the series 2-1 and completing an easy 2-0 Test series win.
Yes, it wasn't a great start as we lost a one-day game to Bangladesh. But the important thing for us is to improve as a team," he said.
"We made steady progress as a team in the last four or five years, in both versions of the game. Our test cricket has been really consistent. So we just want to maintain that."
The first Test starts on December 26th in Mirpur.
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