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Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe seek to rebuild in tri-nation

AFP  |  Dhaka 

Bangladesh, and all have a point to prove when they battle each other in a tri-nation one-day tournament in from tomorrow.

The home nation, without a coach, are licking their wounds from a disastrous tour of have just had their worst year in international And are on edge after a thrashing by the Proteas that blunted their run-up to a crucial qualifying tournament in March.

The event, staged at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, is Bangladesh's first home engagement in more than a year, and follows three heavy ODI defeats in in October.

have become a strong one-day team in recent times, notably reaching semi-finals last year. But they were brutally exposed by the Proteas, as defeats by 10 wickets, 104 runs and 200 runs highlighted how much further they have to go.

"This tri-nation tournament is really important for us. Everyone is upset after the tour. Now, if we can win this tournament, everything can be changed,"

The task has been made more difficult by the resignation of Chandika Hathurusingha, who chose to return to his native Hathurusingha makes his debut as Sri Lanka's in this tournament.

The 49-year-old former batsman resigned in the middle of the tour, though the decision was only made public in December.

Former national is in interim charge as team director, and the Board has yet to indicate when a permanent replacement will be named.

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Hathurusingha travels to with his own problems, as his new team come out of a demoralising year.

Former winners won only five of 29 one-day internationals in 2017.

The country's authorities changed twice in six months after influential all-rounder stepped down in July, highlighting the turmoil in the national game.

Mathews has been re-appointed as over ahead of 2019 World Cup, for which they were the final team to qualify.

Meanwhile underdogs Zimbabwe, who face in the first game of the tri-nation competition Monday, are looking for a lift ahead of hosting a 2019 qualifying tournament in March.

Last month they lost a Test in by an innings and 120 runs inside two days of what was intended to be a historic four-day day-night Test. The match lasted just 907 balls.

will be boosted by the return of and Kyle Jarvis, who have not played one-day internationals since 2015 and 2013 respectively.

has indicated that will devote more to one-day games, due to limited Test opportunities.

The three teams will play each other twice in the two- week tournament, which ends with a final on January 27.

(capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Abul Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Sunzamul Islam.

(capt), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Wanidu Hasaranga.

Graeme Cremer (capt), Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Malcolm Waller, Ryan Murray, Tendai Chisoro, Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani, Christopher Mpofu, Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 09:35 IST