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Bangladesh name all-pace attack against Australia for practice match

Bangladesh name all-pace attack against Australia for practice match
Soumya Sarkar will be a part of the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI who will take on Australia in a three-day warm-up game.
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The Bangladesh selectors have decided not to include any front-line spinner in the squad named for the upcoming three-day practice match against Australia in Fatullah.

The 13-man squad named for the practice game consists of four pace bowlers and a few part-time spinners in the attack.

Revealing the rationale behind this decision Bangladesh national selector Minhajul Abedin admitted that it was a ploy to prevent Australia from getting match practice against the spinners.

"We are taking home advantage.

“Like any other touring side that comes to Bangladesh, we will make it challenging for Australia to play spin, which is our biggest area of strength.

"We have picked more batsmen because Australia has a good bowling attack." 

The squad consists of players like Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed and Mahmudul Hasan who are yet to make their international debuts while regulars like Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar have also been included. 

The three-day practice match between Australia and the BCB XI will get underway on 3rd October at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.

After the practice match Steven Smith’s men will play two Test matches against Bangladesh one each in Chittagong and Dhaka between 9th and 21st October. 

BCB XI squad for the warm-up game against Australia:

Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, Mahmudul Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Shuvagata Hom, Naeem Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Kamrul Islam, Abu Jayed, Shafiul Islam. 

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