Champions Trophy: Tigers face Pakistan in warm-up match Saturday

Champions Trophy: Tigers face Pakistan in warm-up match Saturday

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Dhaka – Bangladesh will start their campaign in the eight-nation ICC Champions Trophy with a warm-up match against Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham in England on Saturday.The warm-up battle will begin at 3:30 pm (Bangladesh time).  After placing impressive 6th in the ODI ranking with a five-wicket win against New Zealand in the last match of the Ireland Tri-nation Series, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s associates moved to England on Thursday to represent Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy, also known as Mini World Cup, after around 10 years break.Bangladesh played last in the tournament in 2006 and missed out on spots in the 2009 and 2013.Before their main battles of the 8th edition, Bangladesh will face giant India in their 2nd warm-up match at Kennington Oval, London on May 30.The Tigers will start their Group A campaign taking on host England in the tournament opener at Kennington Oval on June 1.In their remaining group battles, Bangladesh will face Australia and New Zealand on June 5 and 9 respectively.Led by the spirited Mashrafe, Bangladesh’s mission to make it to the 2017 Champions Trophy began shortly after the World Cup 2015. To remain one of the top eight sides, the Tigers needed to win series and not just one-off matches. They beat Pakistan, India and South Africa on the trot at home, sealing their place in the tournament.Across preliminary qualifiers and full-tournament games, Bangladesh have played eight games at this tournament and have been victorious just once, when they beat Zimbabwe in their most recent appearance in 2006.Bangladesh squad: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza(captain), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan and Shafiul Islam.Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed(captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf , Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz and Fakhar Zaman.UNB news agency

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