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Sunday, 1 April, 2001, 10:23 GMT
Bangladesh's debut Test trip
Khaled Masud
Khaled Masud: Wicketkeeper and vice-captain
Bangladesh depart for Zimbabwe on Sunday for their first Test tour.

A 15-strong squad, under the guidance of coach Trevor Chappell, will play three one-day internationals and two Tests against Zimbabwe later this month.

Bangladesh played their inaugural Test in Dhaka against India in November last year. They acquitted themselves well for four days, but collapsed on the final day and were beaten by nine wickets

They took part in the last World Cup - gaining a notable victory over Pakistan - and in the ICC Knock-out Trophy in Kenya last October.

7 April: 1st ODI, Harare
8 April: 2nd ODI, Harare
11 April: 3rd ODI, Bulawayo
19-23 April: 1st Test, Bulawayo
26-30 April: 2nd Test, Harare

But their Test experience is limited to that one game against India.

"Our approach will be aggressive and positive," said captain Naimur Rahman said.

"We'll be definitely trying to win matches."

Chappell, the former Australian Test player and brother of Greg and Ian, was recruited in February to take over from Eddie Barlow after the South African suffered a brain haemorrhage.

"We're looking forward to the first overseas tour. It'll be a great opportunity for the players to establish a level starting point for Bangladesh cricket," Chappell said.

"If they put in their best effort and perform as well as they can, then we should be happy regardless of the result."

Bangladesh have lost all four one-day games they have played against Zimbabwe, who preceded Bangladesh as the last nation to be granted Test status.

"It's an important tour for the newest Test nation and the team spirit is good," team manager Mahbubul Anam said.

Opening batsman Shariar Hossain and medium pacer Bikash Ranjan Das have been dropped from the 15-man squad, to be replaced by Mohammad Ashraful and Mohammad Sharif.

The squad

Naimur Rahman (captain), Khaled Masud (vice captain), Javed Omar, Mehrab Hossain, Mohammad Ashraful, Habibul Bashar, Aminul Islam, Akram Khan, Al Shahriar, Mohammad Rafique, Enamul Hoque, Hasibul Hossain, Monjurul Islam, Mohammad Sharif, Mushfiqur Rahman.

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