ODI Tri-series in Bangladesh, 2008

ODI Tri-series in Bangladesh, 2008

A week after the Indian Premier League (IPL) , India, Pakistan and Bangladesh square off in a short tri-series in Bangladesh beginning June 8. Each team plays the other once, with the final on June 14.

All the matches will be Day/Night and starts at 3:00 PM local time (7 PM AEST)

All matches will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. No practice matches have been scheduled for the visiting teams.

The tri-series will serve as a warm-up for the Asia Cup in Pakistan which commences on June 24.

June 8 – Bangladesh v Pakistan (Mirpur) _ D/N- 7:00 PM (AEST)
June 10 – India v Pakistan (Mirpur) _ D/N- 7:00 PM (AEST)
June 12 – Bangladesh v India (Mirpur) _ D/N- 7:00 PM (AEST)
June 14 – Final (Mirpur) _ D/N- 7:00 PM (AEST)

June 15 – Reserve day

Pakistan pick full-strength 16-member squad
Pakistan have stuck largely with the tried and tested in a 16-man squad for what will effectively be their toughest assignment of the year so far, the tri-series in Bangladesh involving India as the third side.
Pakistan will be pleased that they can at least call on the services of their three premier fast bowlers in Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Asif, who has seemingly recovered from an injury to his bowling hand, sustained during the IPL.
Pakistan squad: Shoaib Malik (capt), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan, Naumanullah

Tendulkar to miss Bangladesh tri-series and Asia Cup
Sachin Tendulkar will miss the upcoming tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup that follows because he hasn’t recovered fully from his groin injury.
The injury had forced Tendulkar to miss the second and third Tests against South Africa in April as well as the first half of the Mumbai Indians’ campaign in the Indian Premier League.
"Tendulkar is not available for the tri-series as well as the Asia Cup on the advice of Mumbai Indians physiotherapist Nitin Patel," Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, said. "He has not recovered sufficiently from the groin injury."
Tendulkar was instrumental in India winning the tri-series in Australia earlier this year, scoring an unbeaten 117 and 91 in the best-of-three finals. His IPL form, after missing Mumbai Indians’ first seven games, hasn’t been as good, with 188 runs at an average of 31.33 and strike-rate of 106.
Besides Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, the fast bowler, is likely to miss out owing to the recurrence of his ankle injury, which ruled him out of the recent Test series against South Africa. Zaheer took part in the IPL, picking up 13 wickets in 11 matches before succumbing to the injury.
India will travel to Bangladesh to compete in a tri-series also involving Pakistan between June 8 and 14. The Asia Cup is scheduled to be held in Pakistan between June 24 and July 6.

Nawshad Shah

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