Bangladesh-Zimbabwe Test series may go ahead as planned

"There will be a negative effect on us if we don't play Tests"

“There will be a negative effect on us if we don’t play Tests”

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Just two days after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan revealed that the Test series between the national team and Zimbabwe would be postponed, BCB cricket operations committee chairman Naimur Rahman has confirmed that there are plans to play a one-off Test match and three Twenty20 Internationals.

Rahman claimed that Zimbabwe Cricket had offered to play a five-match Twenty20 series, but the BCB did not want to cancel the Test series completely.

“Every team is playing Test cricket during this time,” Rahman said. “They will also play in the World T20, so we have to play all the formats. We cannot avoid any of these formats. Test cricket is the real deal. We can improve in other formats if we do well in Tests. But if we just play T20s, we can’t improve properly.

“We have always spoken about increasing Tests in the FTP. So there will be a negative effect on us if we don’t play Tests despite the opportunity.”

The original Test series was supposed to consist of three matches, but should one only be played in Bangladesh, Rahman pointed out that the other two could be played in Zimbabwe in July next year.

“If we play one Test here, we can play the other two there in July next year, in addition to an ODI series,” Rahman said.

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