BAN v SL: Sri Lanka concentrated on testing in Bangladesh despite trouble at home

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka's cricketers hope to take their minds off the political unrest at home when they take on Bangladesh in two Test series this weekend.

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The first test of the series, part of the ICC World Test Championship, gets underway at Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Sunday.

Sri Lanka's cricketers are hoping to take their minds off the political unrest at home when they take on Bangladesh in two Test series this weekend. The first test of the series, part of the ICC World Test Championship, begins on Sunday at Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Sri Lanka's longstanding economic and political crisis turned violent this week, with clashes killing at least nine people and injuring several hundred.
Assistant coach Naveed Nawaz told reporters in Dhaka that so far the players have been able to focus on preparing for a tough series.
"So far I don't think it (the political unrest) has affected us," said the Sri Lankan.
"Most cricketers keep doing their hard work. Their training has been going on for a few months," he said.
“It will do us a lot of good to take something positive home with us. We want to continue to inspire the young generation of the country.”
Nawaz knows well the threat the home team poses - he helped develop promising Bangladeshi players like Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Shoriful Islam while coaching their side to the 2020 U19 World Cup title.
“I think these guys are really good players. One day they will be legends of Bangladesh cricket. They're so good," Nawaz said.
Shoriful is expected to lead Bangladesh's bowling attack in the absence of several key players.
Pace bowler Taskin Ahmed and spinner Mehidy Hasan are injured while star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, although eligible to play, is recovering from Covid-19.
When Bangladesh's spin attack was hit by Mehidy's absence and uncertainty about Shakib, fast bowling team coach Allan Donald urged his charges to be inventive.
“They know what to expect. But the overall stamina, tenacity and creativity we instill will be tested," the former South African Fast said Thursday.
“When the ball comes back, the backswing wants to kick in again. So it's a step-by-step course. It is tested.
"Self-discipline, psyche and creativity are enormous," he said.
The second show will be held in Dhaka from May 23rd.
The 2 groups are closed within the ICC. Take a look at the rankings with Sri Lanka in seventh place and Bangladesh in ninth.
Bangladesh drew 1-1 in New Zealand in January but were clearly overwhelmed 2-0 in South Africa in April.
Sri Lanka lost 2-0 in India in March but beat the West Indies by the same margin in November.