Bangladesh to play their 100th Test in Colombo this year
Published - Feb 17, 2017 7:58 pm | Updated - Feb 17, 2017 9:19 pm
The Bangladesh team is set to travel to Sri Lanka in March to play their historic 100th Test match in the 17 years young Test career. The Bangladesh Tigers will become the 10th and last Test playing nation to reach the landmark, after being given Test status 8 years after the 9th Test nation in 2000.
They have had a highly disappointing tenure in the longest format of the game, with the worst win-loss ratio among all Test playing nations of 0.10, having won just 8 out of 98 matches and losing the majority. They are yet to win a Test against 6 of the top 8 Test playing nations with England and West Indies being the only they’ve tasted success against.
Currently sitting on 98 Tests, Bangladesh are scheduled to play its 100th in Colombo on 15th March in a tour comprising of 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is, with the limited-overs leg continuing till 6th April. They will start their tour with a two-day practice game in Moratuwa before the first Test at Galle on March 7 and their milestone match at P Sara Oval a week later.
Led by one of the most successful batsmen to play for Bangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim, the young team has enjoyed a rapid reformation and have improved considerably as a side in all 3 formats since 2015. Their maiden win against England in Tests came last year, which was followed by inspiring performances in New Zealand before unfortunate capitulation that reflected the lack of match practice and experience.
With the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) increasing the number of Test fixtures the team would play, the Tigers have to bear the burden of expectations of their passionate fans. The BCB is expected to announce the squad for the month long tour on 24th February.