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BCB mulls new mechanism to accommodate increased number of matches

MD ABU TALHA SARKER, Dhaka
BCB mulls new mechanism to accommodate increased number of matches

National cricket’s apex body the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) mulls formulating a new mechanism to accommodate the increased number of matches along with the Tigers’ hectic international schedule amid the deadly Covid concern.
Bangladesh’s schedule in 2021 has been packed with a good number of home and away series along with a couple of multi-nation tournaments including the ICC T20 World Cup and the T20 Asia Cup. Along with that, the reschedule of the 2020 Test series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka makes their 2021 schedule tougher further, which is due to draw the special BCB attention.

There is also a possibility of increasing some additional games ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup beside its future tour’s programmes (FTP) as discussion is going on to arrange a tri-nation series with the involvement of either the top-notch Australia, England and Bangladesh or Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand.

Even the Cricket West Indies (CWI) also proposed to play bilateral or tri-nation series in Bangladesh after being delighted with its hospitality and biosecurity plan on the stroke of the recently-concluded tour.

Apart from that, the entire world has been going through a special situation since 2020 owing to the deadly corona pandemic that brought everything to a grinding halt.

From that situation, the country as well as the world gradually is getting back to normalcy.

And so, the BCB has to think much about its players because it will be difficult for them to play series and tournaments one after another having stayed under the biosecurity bubble plan. BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Akram Khan admitted the matter and said they are thinking of the players’ safety and health security as none can perform well staying under the bubble plan for so long.

Following the mixed bag of results in the last home series against West Indies, Bangladesh are now busy preparing for the ensuing New Zealand tour where they will play three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Tigers will then tour Sri Lanka for the Test series after returning home from New Zealand. As soon as the series against the Lankans end, Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka in May for a three-match ODI series, which is as a part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

Meanwhile, T20 Asia Cup is slated to be held in June, where Bangladesh will play six matches in the light of the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE, where they played the final.

Since then, they have another series against Zimbabwe for which they will fly to Harare in June for two Tests and three ODIs, which are a part of the qualifying round for the 2023 World Cup.

Later, New Zealand will arrive in Dhaka in August for two Test matches after which Australia will also come here in September (6-14) to play a three-match T20 series.

The BCB had been trying to organise a tri-nation T20 series with the participation of Australia and New Zealand for so long. Recently, the Cricket Australia (CA) gave their nod to the BCB to host the series.

However, England are due to visit Bangladesh in September for three T20Is and as many ODIs, which are also a part of the qualifying round for the 2023 World Cup. It’s learnt that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also showed interest to play a tri-nation series.

The BCB is yet to finalise the series what it will be --a tri-series or four-nation series. Playing the series, Bangladesh have plans to go to India for the 2021 World Cup, where they will play at least eight matches.

Afterwards, Pakistan will come here in November for two Tests and three T20Is, the series which is out of the WTC and the Super League. Bangladesh will organise these matches in consultation with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Tigers are all set to finish the year 2021 with the New Zealand tour in December for a two-Test series.

 

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