Looking at the Sri Lankan Test squad in advance to understand the pace and nature of the stadium in Kandy’s Pallekele. Apart from the brand new face Praveen Jayabikrama, there is only one more expert spinner in the team. This left-arm spinner’s partner is legspinner Vanidu Hasharanga. The presence of five pacers in the host team sends the message that the first Test starting today is a pace-friendly wicket for the visitors. Before the practice yesterday, the light green grass cover of the wicket did not escape the notice of the Bangladesh team. Therefore, the visitors also gave priority to the fast bowlers while announcing the main squad by reducing the initial team of 21 people.
Four pacers including new face Shariful Islam in the 15-man squad. Bangladesh, which is accustomed to playing without a pacer in the XI at home, is also going to get a completely different taste this time. In the familiar conditions of the subcontinent, such an opportunity to increase the pace does not usually come.
kalerkantho The reason for such an opportunity is the change in the tradition of Sri Lankan bowling attack. At one time Muttiah Muralitharan was their pranabhomara. Rangana Herath has flown the flag of the spin empire despite retiring as the highest wicket-taker in the Tests. But after he retired, no other spinner could match himself in that way. At least Muralitharan or Herath could not keep up with the pattern of influential bowling. The pacers have also come up with this opportunity. Recently, courtesy of pacers, Sri Lankan cricket has started to see a new day. That is why the Sri Lankan team management has confidence in them even at home. At a virtual press conference yesterday evening, captain Dimuth Karunaratne was also heard to say, “Spin is no longer our place of strength like before.”
Instead, his bias is now towards the pacers, ‘Our pacers have performed well in recent times. Suranga Lakmal bowled brilliantly in the Caribbean. He has also been the Player of the Series there. That is why we have confidence in the pacers. Apart from that, our spinners are also young and inexperienced. ‘Also, their regular spinner Lasith Ambuldenia is not in the squad due to injuries. So the pacers are somehow forced to be at the forefront of the Sri Lankan war plan. The Sri Lankans, who played a slow and slow wicket against England in Galle a few days ago, have set up a Test against Bangladesh at the Pallekele Stadium in the foothills just to throw the pace challenge, the country’s media reported. The pacers are always on the field. Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque, who has been investigating Sesab, is also sure that “I also think the fast bowlers will play a big role in this match.”
Needless to say, Mominul will also have a role to play in influencing his team’s fast bowlers. But before that you have to put your hand of confidence on the back of the fast bowlers. The captain is keeping that too. He had to announce in advance to increase his pacer in the XI because of the opponent’s weaponry. “Yes, our bowling attack will also depend on the pace,” he said. There will be no shortage of pacers in our XI. (In this match) there will be more competition among the pacers. ‘However, the batting condition of the team has not improved recently. After batting haphazardly in New Zealand, the hope is that the batsmen as well as the pacers will be added to the demand for the captain. I think they will be the most reliable. Rahi (Abu Zayed), Ebadat and Taskin who have played regularly …. However, as one of the three pacers, Shariful’s chances of getting into the XI cannot be ruled out.