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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to play three ODIs instead of one Test when they face each other later this year.
However, BCB president Nazmul Hassan failed to explain why he didn’t want the national team playing Test cricket.
“This year we are playing full series against Pakistan, South Africa and Australia,” Hassan said. “India are only supposed to play one Test here. We are thinking what will happen by playing a Test against India? It may be better to play three ODIs against them. We are going to put forward this proposal. But it is almost finalised that we will play a Test against India in 2016, in Eden Gardens.”
Hassan’s decision to ask for the one-off Test to be replaced by three ODIs comes as quite a surprise, especially since he has highlighted the importance of playing Test cricket against higher-ranked nations in the past.
“Our main objective was to play more Test matches, and tour the big nations,” he said at the time. “We have confirmed these so far, because every country has a very tight schedule.”