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12:00 AM, October 26, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:40 AM, October 26, 2017

Six U-19 players leaving for HK

The Bangladesh youths will leave for Hong Kong today to take part in a six-a-side tournament today as part of their preparations for the upcoming Under-19 Asia Cup, slated to start in Malaysia from November 8.

South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia, Marylebone Cricket Club and the host nation will also take part in the tournament, which will be followed by the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Ahead of the tournament's start on October 28 the eight teams were divided into two groups, with Saif Hasan's side being pitted against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Australia.

BCB age-level selector Ehsanul Haque believes the competition will help cricketers gain confidence in their power-hitting abilities.

"The batsmen will get the opportunity to improve their skills in the competition and that is why we decided to send our cricketers to Hong Kong. The batsmen can gain confidence in power-hitting by taking part in such tournaments," Ehsanul told reporters yesterday.

After the trip to Hong Kong, the Bangladesh team will return to play a three-match one-day series against their Nepalese counterparts, who will arrive in Dhaka on October 30.

All the matches will be played at the BKSP on November 2, 4 and 5. According to Ehsanul, the Cricket Association of Nepal insisted on the series as part of their preparations for the upcoming Asia Cup and World Cup.

He also added that the series would help Bangladesh rectify their mistakes and improve after the recent disappointment against Afghanistan, against whom the hosts lost the one-day series 3-1.

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