Australia will play two additional T20Is on their tour of Bangladesh later this year, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday (May 25).
According to the original schedule, New Zealand were initially scheduled to tour Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series and were to be followed by Australia. However, in a change of itinerary, the Australians are set to arrive first, upon the conclusion of their tour of West Indies, in early August, with New Zealand to come next.
“As you may have known, Australia have agreed to increase their T20I series from three to five matches,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told reporters. “It will be held over eight or nine days. We are trying to be well prepared for the World Cup T20,” he said.
Cricbuzz understands New Zealand will also play five T20Is against the hosts at the end of the aforementioned series. Bangladesh are also scheduled to host England for three ODIs and as many T20s in the runup to the T20 World Cup, however details of that tour remain to be sketched out.
Akram added that the board wasn’t looking to fill the now-empty June window with an international series following the official postponement of the Asia Cup. The board instead is looking to host the Dhaka Premier League from May 31.
“We have a pretty packed scheduled. We will have club cricket after this (Sri Lanka) series. We will go to Zimbabwe, and afterwards we have Australia and New Zealand coming up,” said Akram.
”We also have to keep the cricketers’ bio-bubble and quarantine in mind. It is not always good to play a lot of cricket, so we have to think about our schedule after this series,” he added.