Bangladesh served further notice of their strength at home as they dismantled Canada to take a convincing nine-wicket victory in a 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up match in Chittagong.
Tamim Iqbal blasted 69 in 50 balls as Bangladesh raced to 113 for one after having bowled Canada out for just 112.
Experienced Scotland wicket-keeper Dougie Lockhart has called time on his international career following 16 years representing the Saltires and earning 178 caps.
The 35-year-old featured in Scotland's qualifiying campaign for the 2007 World Cup, their 2004 triumph in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has missed out on a place in Bangladesh's World Cup squad following the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) deicision to leave him out of their 15-man squad.
Bangladesh, who co-host the tournament alongside India and Sri Lanka, open their campaign against India on 19th February in Dhaka.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will captain Bangladesh in 2011, the country's cricket board, has confirmed, also installing opening batsman Tamim Iqbal as his vice-captain.
Shakib has captained the Tigers whenever fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has been unavailable due to injury, which has been most of 2010 and all of the end of the 2009, when Shakib was able to lead Bangladesh to an historic overseas Test and One-Day International series win against the West Indies.
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has been recruited to play with Bangladesh club, Mohammedan Sporting, in the Premier Division Cricket League of the country.
The club replaced Sri Lanka all-rounder Farveez Maharoof, who has flown back home after sustaining an injury, with right-hander Yousuf.
Bangladesh have suffered a dent to their chances in the World Cup as fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has injured his right knee again while batting for his club Abahani in a Dhaka Premier Division League match.
The details of the injury follow an MRI scan which suggested a partial tear of the reconstructed ligament of Mortaza's knee, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board sports physician Dr.Manirul Amin.
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2011 World Cup co-hosts Bangladesh have named their 30-man provisional squad for the tournament, including batsmen Alok Kapali and Nazimuddin in the squad.
Kapali, the first man to score a century in the unofficial Indian Cricket League, has not played a One-Day International since 2008, while Nazimuddin also last played in 2008.
The 2012 Asia Cup will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has confirmed, with the 11th edition of the tournament being held in Mirpur.
Defending champions India, who won the tournament in 2010, will join hosts Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as four qualifiers from the ACC Associate and Affiliate nations.
Tamim Iqbal blasted a belligerent half-century as Bangladesh swept to a series-clinching six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the fifth and final One-Day International in Chittagong.
Iqbal hit 95 in 96 balls as Bangladesh passed Zimbabwe's score of 188 for six with seven overs to spare, Junaid Siddique also making 56 not out.
India's spinners shared seven wickets as they dismissed New Zealand for just 103 on their way to a crushing eight-wicket victory in the fifth and final One-Day International in Chennai.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat before slumping to their lowest score in ODI cricket against India, who then raced to 107 for two in 21.1 overs to seal a 5-0 series clean sweep.
The fourth One-Day International between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Chittagong was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain.
After a number of inspections by the umpires, the match was called off around four hours after the scheduled start time.
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has praised Yusuf Pathan after the all-rounder's aggressive unbeaten century helped India move into a 4-0 One-Day International series win in Bangalore.
Pathan smashed an unbeaten 123 in 96 balls - his maiden ODI century - as India chased down 316 to win with seven balls to spare as New Zealand's improved batting effort proved to be in vain.
Cricket Scotland has signed a five-year agreement with Surridge, which will see the Burnley-based manufacturer become Scotland's official kit supplier.
From 1st January 2011, Surridge will supply all casual, training and teamwear to Scotland sides from age-group right up to the senior team, which recently reached the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Dubai.
Afghanistan players are given a warm welcome following their victory over Scotland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup earlier this week, as well as their silver-medal winning performance in the Asian Games in China last month.
Yusuf Pathan hammered a 79-ball century before India won the fourth One-Day International against New Zealand by five wickets in Bangalore.
James Franklin smashed an unbeaten 98 in 69 balls as New Zealand posted 315 for seven but with Pathan in stunning form, India were able to surpass that and move into a 4-0 series lead with Pathan unbeaten on 123 in 96 balls.
Bangladesh moved into a 2-1 series lead over Zimbabwe after a 65-run win in the third One-Day International in Mirpur after a solid all-round performance saw them outplay their opponents.
Batting first, half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim saw them post 246 for seven and four wickets apiece for Abdur Razzak and Shafiul Islam bowled Zimbabwe out for 181 in reply.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced plans to expand the Intercontinental Cup to eight teams with the result that the Intercontinental Shield will no longer exist.
The Shield, won by Namibia in the first running of the competition as they beat the United Arab Emirates by six wickets in Dubai, was set up to allow four more Associate teams first-class experience.