Bangladesh had never met anything but defeat in four previous tours of Sri Lanka but on this tour they avoided whitewash in the two-Test series (losing it by 0-1).
They had slightly the better of a draw in the first Test in which only nineteen wickets fell. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim appealed for Bangladesh to play more Tests after their much-improved competitiveness in the series.
They also drew the three-match ODI series one-all.
Fast bowlers: Abul Hasan, Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain.
Enamul Haque jr(w/d)
Shahriar Nafees (w/d)
Members of the ODI party -
Abdur Razzaq (K ⋄)
Mosharraf Hossain (D)
Nazmul Hossain (S ⋄)
added to ODI squad when Tamim Iqbal left -
Shamsur Rahman (DM)
Zia ur Rahman (K)
(National Cricket League)
D – Dhaka (2)
DM-Dhaka Metropolis (3)
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(8 March 2013):
24 yrs 2 months.
ODI T20 member of theone-day/Twenty20 squads.
Test Appearances made before the tour
Mohammad Ashraful 57,Shahadat Hossain 34,Mushfiqur Rahim 30,Tamim Iqbal 26,Mahmudullah 14,Rubel Hossain 14,Abdur Razzaq 9,Nasir Hossain 6,Elias Sunny 3,Jahural Islam 3,Robiul Islam 3,Sohag Gazi 2,Abul Hasan 1,Amanul Haque 0,Marshall Ayub 0,Mominul Haque 0.
Selector on tour
Strength & conditioning trainer
When Richard Pybus left the post of Head Coach prematurely, 36 year-old Queenslander Shane Jurgensen filled in as interim coach, during which time the Tigers won an ODI series against West Indies. He was now appointed Head Coach.
Akram Khan added 17 year-old pacer Taskin Ahmed into the preliminary squad while thinking to add two more players further. Akram wanted the players to start fitness training in Academy to manage their niggles in the meantime as anybody could got a call up in Sri Lanka tour.
Unavailable: ⋄Shakib al Hasan (underwent surgery on his right calf in Australia);
⋄Shafiul Islam (suffered a side-strain during the pre-tour camp) ;⋄Tamin Iqbal was not sufficiently recovered from a wrist injury to play until the second Test.
Tour Party Announced : 24 February 2013.
Not selected:Farhad Reza, Junaid Siddique, ∆Nazimuddin.
Withdrawals:Enamul Haque junior (left hamstring tear); Naeem Islam (quadriceps tear on right leg); Shahriar Nafees (stitches needed after cutting his left hand while shaving the face of his cricket bat)
Elias Sunny, Marshall Ayub and Mohammad Ashraful replaced the three withdrawn players
The one-day squad was announced on 13 March.
Time between selection and departure from Bangladesh
(24 - 28 February)
Bangladesh’s 15-member Test squad departed from Dhaka for Colombo on 28 February 2013.
Immediately after their arrival in Colombo, Mushfiqur attended the Taj Samudra Hotel for a joint press conference with his Sri Lankan counterpart Angelo Matthews.
After a four-hour journey from Colombo the team reached Matara on 2 March, for their three-day warm-up game. Tamim Iqbal was able to join the squad in Matara.
The team management requested that Abdur Razzaq should be added to the Test squad and he joined the team on Monday 11 March.
Shahadat Hossain left for Sri Lanka on 23 March as a replacement for injured seamer Nazmul Hossain. Shahadat, who was in Bangladesh’s Test squad for the series against Sri Lanka, had gone back to Bangladesh on March 21 following the end of the second Test.
Nazmul’s injury, which took place during a training session in Sri Lanka on March 20 meant that Shahadat would have to go back just two days after his return.
Shamsur Rahman replaced Tamim Iqbal who was ruled out of the remainder of the tour after he injured his right thumb while fielding during the first one-day international in Hambantota.