Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka in their first home Test of the year at Chattogram at 9.30 am today.
This year, the Tigers have blown hot and cold in Test cricket, so far.
Bangladesh scripted history when they defeated New Zealand in the first Test match of the series at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
But since then, Mominul Haque and Co. have lost three consecutive Tests which include two humiliating defeats in South Africa where Keshav Maharaj ran through their batting lineup.
With Shakib Al Hasan available for the two-match Test series, Bangladesh would be hopeful of a better showing against Sri Lanka.
It will be Chris Silverwood’s first Test as Sri Lanka coach, and they have gone with a new approach by bringing in a host of youngsters.
Kamil Mishara, Kamindu Mendis, Dilshan Madushanka and Suminda Lakshan are among eight changes in the Test squad, after their 2-0 blowout in India earlier this year.
They could put together a revamped top six, with Lahiru Thirimanne, Charith Asalanka and Pathum Nissanka out of the Test side.
The pace attack too has to step up after Suranga Lakmal had retired after the previous series, and the board asking Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera to focus on white-ball cricket.