Bangladesh are now ready to challenge England in test cricket after competitive One-Day International series which they lost 2-1. Meanwhile, England will be keen to start the test series on positive note though they have slightly different side than featured in ODIs. Alaister Cook will lead visitors while wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim will take charge for host.
Fixture: Bangladesh vs England, 1st Test/ BANG vs ENG
Time/Date: 09:00 AM IST/ 03:30 AM GMT/ 09:30 AM Local/ 20 Oct – 24 Oct
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Bangladesh are yet to win a test match against England having played eight matches till now. Host have been handed defeat on all occasions but this time, Tigers have bunch of players who can give tough time to their opposition in the middle.
Shabbir Rahman earned place into test squad with his nice effort in One-Day International series earlier this month. He is one of the four uncapped players including Mehdi Hasan, Kamrul Islam Rubbi and Narul Hasan. Host’s performance in ODIs shows, they are growing at good pace and they cannot be taken lightly.
It is now over a year, Bangladesh have not played test cricket so getting used to five-day game will not be easy. Again much of the responsibility will be on experienced shoulders of captain Mushfiqur Rahim, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and gallant opener Tamim Iqbal.
England is expected to name to debutante for first test, Haseeb Hameed who will open the batting along with skipper Alaister Cook while Ben Duckett expected to bat at No 4 after Joe Root. Middle order consist Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.
England may opt three seamers as Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad along with two spinners, but when it comes to selection of spinner then they have problem of plenty because Adil Rahid, Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari, all had good days in recent past with ball.
Bangladesh vs England 1st Test – How to watch Online & on TV??
TV Channels: Ghazi TV, BTV Sports, Sky Sports
Live score: Cricbuzz.com, ESPNcricinfo.com & YahooCricket.com
Where to watch Online Streaming: BTVSports.com, Lemar TV
Bangladesh Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nurul Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Soumya Sarkar and Taijul Islam.
England Squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.
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