Following news that Australia will tour Bangladesh ahead of T20 World Cup 2021, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they will also host England and New Zealand. However, he said that formal announcements would be made after tour dates are confirmed by the boards.
Chowdhury said that Australia would be playing three T20Is as well as two-match Test series in Bangladesh. Since both CA and BCB could not fit in Tests, they found time for an extra T20I match.
“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,” Chowdhury said. “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.
“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.”
According to ICC’s published FTP, England is scheduled to tour Bangladesh in October for three ODIs and three T20Is.
Additionally, Chowdhury said that all teams can fit in their World Test Championship matches until April after the timeline was extended from March. Apart from this, BCB is also working on a tour of Sri Lanka to play three-match Test series that was postponed twice last year.
“It should be clarified that most of the FTP commitments currently are for the World Test Championships and the ODI competition (ODI Super League). There’s a guideline to complete the WTC matches before the final in June. The guideline to arrange those matches has been extended to April, from March,” said the BCB chief executive.
“To fit in these postponed series, both teams have to be available. At the moment only Sri Lanka is available till April. It is not possible to fit in the rest of the (postponed) matches. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are free in April so we are trying to schedule the two or three Tests of the WTC during that time,” he added