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Two South Asian nations are set to renew their heated cricket rivalry with a Twenty20 three-match sequence as they eye the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – not India and Pakistan – will play the primary match T20 sequence in Sylhet, Bangladesh on Monday, lower than three months forward of cricket’s showpiece occasion of the yr.

Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto stated on Sunday that he needs his staff to make use of the sequence to good the format forward of the World Cup in June.

The sequence marks the beginning of Sri Lanka’s month-long tour of Bangladesh, which additionally contains three one-day internationals and two Exams.

Shanto stated it was essential to “play as a staff”, noting that they bagged huge wins final yr when “everybody contributed”.

Bangladesh defeated world champions England 3-0 at house in 2023, and in addition received sequence in opposition to the Republic of Eire and Afghanistan, earlier than drawing a three-match sequence 1-1 in opposition to New Zealand.

Shanto stated he wished to maintain the momentum going into the World Cup, hosted this yr by america and the West Indies.

“Final yr, we did nicely in T20s,” he instructed reporters.

“It is vitally vital that we play eight or 11 matches earlier than going to the World Cup.

“If we take these matches… and resolve how we wish to play within the World Cup, then it is going to be straightforward to plan.”

The World Cup is a key focus of Sri Lanka, too.

Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood stated he was anticipating a “very aggressive sequence between two good sides”.

“Clearly, we’re now within the build-up to what’s an vital competitors within the World Cup,” he stated.

“What we now have to do … is consider what’s in entrance of us and keep in mind what we’re aiming for.”

Return of the ‘Nagin dance’ rivalry

The groups have developed a hotly-contested rivalry over the previous few years, and each time they meet, there is no such thing as a scarcity of provocative phrases on the sector and placards within the stands.

Venomous on-field celebrations – which began with the “Nagin dance” in 2018 – are virtually a everlasting fixture as nicely.

The final time each groups met was within the 50-over World Cup, when Bangladesh received by three wickets, however not with out controversial scenes on the bottom.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews grew to become the primary cricketer to be dismissed “timed out” in a world match as he didn’t take guard and declare himself able to face the bowler throughout the stipulated time of two minutes because the dismissal of the final batter.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan appealed for a “timed out” dismissal, which was upheld by the on-field umpire.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are each in Group D for the World Cup, together with South Africa, Nepal and the Netherlands.

The second and third T20 matches might be held on March 6 and 9, each additionally at Sylhet.

Sri Lanka, who arrived in Bangladesh on Thursday, may also play three one-day internationals and two Exams throughout the month-long tour.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews, third proper, talks to umpires after he was declared timed out throughout the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in New Delhi, India on November 6, 2023 [File: Manish Swarup/AP]

Head-to-head report

Bangladesh have by no means defeated Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 sequence. Each groups have met on 13 events and Sri Lanka maintain the higher hand with 9 wins in comparison with Bangladesh’s three.

Crew information: Bangladesh

Bangladesh have recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Jaker Ali, changing injured uncapped spinner Aliss Al Islam.

Off-spinner Aliss sustained a finger harm whereas taking part in for Comilla Victorians within the just lately completed Bangladesh Premier League.

Bangladesh squad: Najmul Hossain Shanto (captain), Litton Das, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Naim, Towhid Hridoy, Soumya Sarkar, Mahedi Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Taijul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Jaker Ali Anik.

Crew information: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s captain Wanindu Hasaranga will miss the primary two matches on account of a disciplinary suspension. In the meantime, Kusal Perera is affected by a respiratory an infection and might be changed by Niroshan Dickwella.

Sri Lanka squad: Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pathum Nissanka, Wanindu Hasaranga (captain), Charith Asalanka, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Kamindu Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Binura Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara, Jeffrey Vandersay

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