The Bangladesh national cricket team, led by Mashrafe bin Mortaza, left Dhaka on Wednesday night for their 45-day long tour of the UK. They departed at around 1:00am from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on an Emirates flight. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ইংল্যান্ডের উদ্দেশ্যে দেশ ছেড়েছে বাংলাদেশ]
After spending a couple of weeks in Sussex, the Tigers will then go to Ireland to take part in a tri-nation series including New Zealand. They will play four matches there. The tri-nation competition does not have a final and the team with the most number of wins will end up winning the league. [Read also: Pakistan call off Bangladesh tour]
Following the tri-series, Bangladesh will return to England to participate in the Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006. Prior to the eighth edition of the multi-nation event, the Tigers will play two warm-up games, against Pakistan in Birmingham on May 27 and India in London on May 30.
In the Champions Trophy 2017, the Tigers have been placed in a difficult group alongside Australia, New Zealand and hosts England. They will be part of the tournament opener with a game against the hosts on June 1.
An 18-member squad that left for the tour Wednesday night will take part in the Sussex camp and then go to Ireland for the tri-nation series. However, 15 players have been selected for the Champions Trophy. The three players who are in the squad for the Ireland series but not the Champions Trophy squad are Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan and Subashis Roy. While Nasir and Subashis will return from the United Kingdom after the Ireland series, Nurul will stay with the 15-member squad as a back-up wicketkeeper. He will be taken into the squad in case Mushfiqur Rahim gets injured.
Bangladesh however, are set to miss Mashrafe in the opening match of the tri-series. The right-arm pacer is suspended for one ODI for slow over-rate in the third and final match against host Sri Lanka earlier this month.