BCB confirms series against India, Australia and England

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Bangladesh are set to play numerous series against India, Australia and England

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has signed a members’ participation agreements with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

This means that Bangladesh will now host India for a limited overs series in June 2014 and a full series in June 2015 before embarking on their maiden tour of India in 2016.

The BCCI also agreed to tour Bangladesh in 2020 for a full series.

“We have signed with India that they will visit us in 2014,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan said. “The next year, 2015, India will come to Bangladesh to play Tests. In August and September of 2016, Bangladesh will tour India to play Tests. In June 2020, India will come to play Tests and ODIs.

“Our main objective was to play more Test matches, and tour the big nations. We have confirmed these so far, because every country has a very tight schedule.”

The BCB also confirmed that Australia will visit Bangladesh in October 2015 and they will return the favour by touring Australia in July 2018.

It was also announced that Australia would tour Bangladesh in 2021.

“We have not signed on it but have principally agreed,” Hassan said. “We have to fix the date with them soon. As for England, we haven’t signed anything but they have agreed to honour our FTP till 2020. They have agreed to come twice to Bangladesh.”

England are scheduled to travel to Bangladesh in October 2016, but there has not been any confirmation on when the additional tours will take place.

While Hassan admitted that the national team are likely to play against the next Intercontinental Cup winners for Bangladesh’s Test status, he stated that the BCB are looking to play more Tests against higher-ranked opposition in order to ascend up the rankings.

“According to the last FTP, we have 33 Tests left to play till 2020,” Hassan said. “Now the timings might change with other teams at first, because of the MPA and all the hassle that will come with it. We have targeted around 50 Tests.

“We will play more cricket now against big teams, and if we win or draw against them, then our ranking will rise. The proposal went as we wanted it. So you can say we are successful.”

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