Australia tour of Bangladesh confirmed for August | Australia confirms tour of Bangladesh for August, which will contain 5 T20Is.
Australia will tour Bangladesh for the first time since 2017 for five T20Is ahead of the T20 World Cup. These T20Is, in addition to the five in West Indies, serve as preparation in Australia’s quest to win the coveted T20 trophy for the first time.
According to chairman of BCB cricket operations Akram Khan, Australia agreed to add an extra two T20Is to the three they were originally scheduled to play in Bangladesh.
“As you may have known, Australia have agreed to increase their T20I series from three to five matches,” Khan said on Tuesday. “It will be held over eight or nine days. We are trying to be well prepared for the World Cup T20.”
While Australia are busy in preparing for the T20 World Cup, so too are Bangladesh. The Tigers are scheduled to play in Zimbabwe in June, and according to Khan, they replaced one of the Test matches with an additional T20I. Also, Bangladesh are slated to host both New Zealand and England ahead of the T20 World Cup.
“There were also two Tests against Zimbabwe, so we reduced it and added a T20I in its place. I am however not aware about how long the quarantine (in Zimbabwe) is going to be, but it won’t be too tough,” said Khan.
Bangladesh’s packed schedule has prompted Khan to think about the welfare of the players, especially given the demands of the bio-secure bubbles. The Tigers are currently playing Sri Lanka in an ODI series, where Mushfiqur Rahim has been the star man.
“We have a pretty packed scheduled. We will have club cricket after this (Sri Lanka) series. We will go to Zimbabwe, and afterwards we have Australia and New Zealand coming up. We also have to keep the cricketers’ bio-bubble and quarantine in mind. It is not always good to play a lot of cricket, so we have to think about our schedule after this series.”
The dates for Bangladesh-Australia series are yet to be finalised.