Bangladesh Optimistic Of Hosting Australia!

They are ready to host the Aussies in August

The Bangladesh vs. Australia five-match series is slated to be played in August, and Bangladesh says they are ready to host the Aussies. 

The bilateral Tour was initially supposed to include 3 T20I series, but the Cricket Board has added a couple of T20I to the original schedule. According to reports by Inside Sport, the new development was confirmed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB)cricket operation chairman, Akram Khan.

However, there seem to be some logistical and health issues that need to be finalized before the Tour. Cricket Australia is not taking any chances amid the COVID pandemic and has requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board to ensure some precautionary measures are undertaken before their arrival. Some of these measures include:

  • Australian players and staff to be transported to the team hotel directly from the Shahjalal International Airport without going through rigorous checking and the immigration centre. This is to minimize any physical contact with the public. 
  • Australian players and staff to be allowed to be in a bio-secure bubble at the hotel. No tourists or outsiders should be allowed in the hotel for the period they will be in the hotel to keep them all safe.
  • The BAN vs. AUS series to be played in one venue. 

According to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the series is to be hosted at Chattogram and Dhaka. However, Cricket Australia is reluctant to play in two venues due to player safety. Therefore, CA has asked for all the Bangladesh matches to be held in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur Dhaka. Nevertheless, the Chief Executive of BCB, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, is confident that they will reach common ground over the underlying administrative issues. 

Nizamuddin says they are already in talks with the hotel authorities and concerned ministries regarding the requests made by the Aussies. Further, he is optimistic that the demands are not impossible to meet. 

Despite the Tour’s underlying issues, Cricket Australia has released the names of the 18-member squad for the West Indies and Bangladesh game Tour. The Aussies will be visiting the West Indies for a tour that takes five T20Is before the BAN vs. AUS.

As it stands, Nizamuddin affirms that the bilateral Tour is on, but there has been no official confirmation by either board regarding the series. Cricket Australia notes that confirmation of the tours is subject to compromise on the biosecurity plans and related government approvals. 

As you await all the details regarding this Tour, check out all the other updates we have for you regarding the latest matches. 

Reference Resource:

1. https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/117786/bangladesh-optimistic-of-hosting-australia-in-august-cricbuzzcom
2. https://crickex.in/bangladesh-optimistic-about-hosting-australia/

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