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Sujon wary of new-look Sri Lanka

Bangladesh Cricket Board director Khaled Mahmud Sujon has warned not to take a young Sri Lanka side lightly when Bangladesh take them on in three ODIs at home.

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As per reports in Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera will lead a new-look side that will be missing big names. Sri Lanka are yet to open their account in World Cup Super League, and are carrying minus points.

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Sujon however feels Bangladesh should be strong contender to take series. Bangladesh have been in a string of defeats in international cricket since the West Indies Test series.

“Sri Lanka will be a strong side anyway irrespective of whatever team they send. We definitely want to win a home series. We have been on the back-foot recently, but this is our preferred format. There’s not much difference between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh conditions. I still expect we will play our best and win the series,” he told the media on Sunday.

A few members from Sri Lanka Test tour have joined the training camp at Mirpur after government clearance. But IPL returnees Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman have been put into 14-day quarantine.

“They have arrived from a highly infected area. I can’t say about reducing the quarantine period. As far as I know, they have to complete 14 days of quarantine. They will join the training late,” Sujon added.

Fielding has been given high importance, especially after downfalls in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Sujon said the players including the bowlers are serious about it.

“[They are] very serious. Fielding is a crucial part of a one-day game. As a bowler you need to bowl 10 overs, but also field for the rest 40 overs. It’s very tough to pick someone who is not good in fielding. The team expects you to save some runs. I expect them to take catches and give good support while fielding. Each bowler has it on their mind.

“Fielding is all about practice as well as one’s willingness. Everyday will have fielding sessions. The mindset is of more significant. I have talked about it to the boys in Sri Lanka. I did it today as well. Everyone’s pumped up.”

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