ODI series preview: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

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Amid the ICC's so-called 'position paper's' promise of an end to meaningless bilateral ODI series, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will find substance and future value in this week's three-match affair regardless.

Amid the ICC's so-called 'position paper's' promise of an end to meaningless bilateral ODI series, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will find substance and future value in this week's three-match affair regardless.

With the World Twenty20 looming and the Asia Cup on the horizon, limited-overs game plans will require refinement throughout. The Tigers, admittedly, have the biggest points to prove – ahead of hosting both competitions – <a href='http://www.sportsbookreview.com/' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>and obliging online sportsbooks</b></a>.

Short-format cricket continues to suit them entirely and, with captain Mushfiqur Rahim returning from injury, the balance behind the stumps – and within the squad – is restored. The rest, however, can't place an over-reliance on the veteran.

Sri Lanka will return the captaincy to all-rounder Angelo Mathews, with T20I skipper his understudy. This ongoing swap remains questionable, but now is the time to answer critics.

The Sri Lankans, most importantly, will want the spinners – and batsmen – to gain and grow knowledge of the same conditions they'll face for the reaminder of the month through March.

By no means overshadowed by South Africa and Australia's current Test series or New Zealand's bid to trump India in Wellington, this trinity of ODIs is bound hold its own in entertainment value.

<b>Key Men</b><br>Opener <a href='http://www.banglacricket.com/' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>Tamim Iqbal</b></a> has quit the vice-captaincy in order to concentrate solely on his batting, and opportunity – indeed – knocks to vindicate the decision.

Batsman <a href='http://www.srilankacricket.lk/' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>Tillakaratne Dilshan</b></a> will be key to Sri Lanka's WT20 and Asia Cup campaign – and a solid stretch of form accrued this week will help next month.

<b>Last Five Head-To-Head Results</b><br>2013: Third ODI: Bangladesh won by three wickets in Pallekele<br>2013: Second ODI: No-result in Hambantota<br>2013: First ODI: Sri Lanka won by eight wickets in Hambantota<br>2012: Asia Cup: Bangladesh won by five wickets in Dhaka<br>2010: Asia Cup: Sri Lanka won by 126 runs in Dambulla

<b>Squads</b><br><i>Bangladesh:</i> Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Arafat Sunny, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam.

<i>Sri Lanka:</i> Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekuge Prasanna.

<b>Fixtures</b><br>First ODI: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, 17 February<br>Second ODI: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, 20 February<br>Third ODI: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, 22 February

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