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Bangladesh plan ambush

The Bangladesh national cricket team has declined a warm-up match offer ahead of their two-Test series against Zimbabwe in two weeks’ time.

Staff Writer

The Tigers have instead opted to fly in and go straight into serious business without a feel of the local conditions, keeping what they have to offer a secret.

Zimbabwe used the same tactic when the two nations faced off in a one-off Test where they ambushed the tourists with left-arm seamer Brian Vitori, who starred with five wickets as the hosts won by 130 runs on return to the premier cricket format.

During that tour Bangladesh complained that they had not been given enough time to attune to local conditions before the Tests after playing a three-day match.

The Asians have a new coach Shane Jurgensen, who took over from Stuart Law who managed the team in their last tour to Zimbabwe.

While Bangladesh have been active in Sri Lanka where they earned a credible draw in one of the Tests before losing the second by seven wickets, they were expected to play a warm-up match in Zimbabwe where the conditions are different from the sub-continent.

Bangladesh struggled on the bouncy wickets at Harare Sports Club where they lost the Test and the three One-Day-Internationals.

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