Pitch and weather:
There was a surprising tinge of green on the Shere Bangla National Stadium pitch. When the ground staff unveiled it amid the rain breaks two days before the game. And if the forecast turns out to be true, there is likely to be a number of rain interruptions throughout the five days. Not much pace and bounce is expected at the venue.
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Highlights today. Wednesday 14-6-2023, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh 2023, Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
We will bowl first as it’s a fresh wicket and it’s been raining for the last week. We’ll do our best with the ball in the first session. We are excited and confident as we won last time. We’ll try to start positively. Rashid is a big loss, especially in Tests. But his health is important for me and for all of Afghanistan. For the Asia cup and World Cup. We have two seamers and spinners, with one allrounder.
We would’ve bowled first had we won the toss. I was surprised when I got to my cap, now I feel pride to be captain. More responsibility won’t affect my performances, I’m happy. Tamim and Shakib not playing leads to Zakir and Joy are back. Taskin in too.
Toss: Afghanistan chose to field.
Bangladesh team: Zakir, Joy, Shanto, Mominul, Mushfiqur, Litton (capt & wk), Miraz, Taijul, Taskin, Shoriful, Ebadot
Afghanistan team: Ibrahim, Abdul, Rahmat, Hashmatullah (capt), Nasir, Karim, Afsar (wk), Hamza, Zahir, Nijat, Yamin
Head to Head In test’s: 1
Bangladesh Won: 0
Afghanistan Won: 1
Bangladesh test Rankings: 9th
Afghanistan test Rankings: ???
(Last five matches, most recent first)
Match Timings: 4:00 AM GMT | 10:00 AM Local
Umpires – Chris Brown, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire – Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Sharfuddoula
Match number – Test no. 2506