Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed that they would be hosting the England cricket team and the New Zealand cricket team this year ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to be played in India.
Talks are also underway that Bangladesh is also planning to host Australia for a three-match T20I series is also underway. Both BCB and Cricket Australia agree to play a preparatory series for the T20 World Cup slated to take place between October and November.
With a BCB official confirming to host the games with the three teams, there might be a possibility that it may turn into a tri-series. Although an official statement on confirmation of the matter is still awaited.
“Both boards (CA and BCB) have agreed in principle for Australia’s tour of Bangladesh before the World Cup T20, which is going to be held in October. It has been scheduled as such. Ahead of the World Cup T20, England, Australia and New Zealand will tour Bangladesh, but a tri-series hasn’t yet been decided,” ESPNcricinfo quoted BCB’s chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury as saying.
Australia was earlier supposed to tour Bangladesh for a two-match Test series and a T20I series of an equal number of matches last year. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all sports activities last year, the plan had to be called off.
“I think we had a commitment with Australia that they would play two Tests and two T20Is. Since we could fit the T20s we will increase it to three. It is not that it is replacing anything. We would have fit in a Test match if there was enough space. It will be good preparation for us ahead of the World T20. We have an opportunity to play some high-profile teams,” Chowdhury said on the Australia series.
Bangladesh will host England for a three-match ODI series, which will form a part of the ICC’s ODI Super League and a T20I series of as many matches.