Lasith Malinga to leave the team after Bangladesh match

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The three matches between these two teams in previous tournaments were one-sided affairs.

"But realistically, what can we do about it?" Rhodes added: "We're very, very optimistic about the treatment that he'll get this week and the way that he can recover well; we're very optimistic that he can play in that next game against West Indies".

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes, who played 11 tests and nine one-dayers for England, questioned the logic behind not including reserve days for the league stage of the tournament.

"Yeah, I would (there should have been reserve days). They have got tickets to see a game of cricket, and you know, it would be up to them if they can get there the day after".

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Exhausted of watching the rain in Bristol, he said: "Hopefully we can play". People from all over the world keep asking me whether it's going to rain; I don't know. At the moment, we're seeing some problems. "Our main objective is to try and get the game as soon as possible, but if anything, the rain has only gotten harder as the day went on", umpire Richard Illingworth said after the call-off.

"We put men on the moon so why can't we have a reserve day?" joked Rhodes. The encounter will be played on Saturday, June 15 at the Kennington Oval in London and Malinga's participation will be key if the Lankans is to roll over Aaron Finch and Co.

"Yeah, so he (Shakib) picked up a little injury, as you all saw in that game against England". They won their second game against Afghanistan and got themselves a point in the next against Pakistan, after it was washed out. "Play today is extremely unlikely", said BBC Test Match Special's Simon Mann. Certainly Oshane Thomas, as well, when we played against him in Bangladesh just before Christmas. "But, well, we're happy with the points".

"So I think we need to prepare for the games, after winning, and we need momentum for that game".