Bangladesh to face off against Sri Lanka in T20 cricket series: Preview | Cricket News

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Two South Asian nations are gearing up for a heated cricket rivalry as they prepare for a Twenty20 three-match series in anticipation of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, not India and Pakistan, will kick off the series in Sylhet, Bangladesh on Monday, with both teams eyeing success at the World Cup in June. Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto expressed his desire for his team to use the series to fine-tune their skills in the T20 format ahead of the tournament. The series marks the beginning of Sri Lanka’s month-long tour of Bangladesh, which includes additional one-day internationals and Tests. Shanto emphasized the importance of teamwork, referencing their victories last year where everyone played a crucial role. Both teams are focused on the World Cup, with Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood anticipating a competitive series that will help them prepare for the major event. The rivalry between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is known for its intense matches, on-field celebrations, and controversial moments, with previous confrontations adding fuel to their competition. Sri Lanka holds the upper hand in their head-to-head record in Twenty20 matches, but Bangladesh is determined to change that. Both teams have made changes to their squads, with key players missing due to injuries and suspensions. The stage is set for an exciting series as the teams look to build momentum towards the World Cup.

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