Amla will lead South Africa in de Villiers's absence as it aims to add to T20I series win
Bangladesh may have lost its Twenty20 International series against the visiting South African side 2-0, but remains confident as the teams get ready for the first of three One-Day Internationals on Friday (July 10).
And its confidence isn't misplaced – Bangladesh has become a force to be reckoned with in the 50-over format. It hasn't lost an ODI series at home since February last year and maintained a ten-match winning streak at home. It reached the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarterfinals for the first time in its history earlier this year, and built on that success with ODI series wins over Pakistan (3-0) in April and India (2-1) last month.
Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladeshi opening batsman, explained that confidence in the camp was high.
"In the past year, the players have been reading ODIs much better and that's the reason I am sure that we will get more success in this format," Tamim told reporters ahead of the opening match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
"So as a unit we are obviously confident. You can't lose all your confidence because of one or two defeats. When it comes to ODIs, we are a lot more confident unit and we will only grow in confidence."
Faf du Plessis, however, believed that South Africa's dominant wins in the T20I series – it won first by 52 runs then by 31 – had hurt the home side. Yet, he insisted his team would keep up the pressure. "I also appreciate and understand that one-day cricket is a different format so we will go back to making sure we prepare really well for the one day series," he said.
Du Plessis, who led the team in the T20I games, will hand over charge to Hashim Amla, who in turn is standing in for AB de Villiers, South Africa's regular ODI captain. De Villiers was banned from the first match for maintaining a slow over-rate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semifinal loss to New Zealand, and has been released from the squad.
Eddie Leie, the legspinner, who took 3 for 16 on his international debut in the second T20I, has been drafted in as de Villiers's replacement, and the team will look to him to build on an impressive start.
Ahead of the tour, the focus had been on South Africa's young bowling attack, and they have given a good account of themselves. The return of Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel for the 50-over games will be an added boost, while it will also be able to call upon the services of Ryan McLaren, the allrounder.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, has recalled batsmen Mahmudullah and Anamul Haque in its 14-man squad.
Mahmudullah missed the series against India after fracturing his left index finger; Anamul too has recovered from the injury that required him to returned from Australia midway through the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Taskin Ahmed, who picked up a rib injury during a training session last week, will also miss the first two ODIs.
The second and third ODIs will be held on July 12 and 15 in Dhaka and Chittagong. The two teams will also play a two-Test series following the ODIs.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Litton Das, Arafat Sunny, Jubair Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
South Africa: Hashim Amla (capt), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Farhaan Berhardien, Eddie Leie, Ryan McLaren.