Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket operations chairman Akram Khan has confirmed Australia’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh comprising five T20Is. The fixtures will be played on August 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9.
The Australian board is said to be satisfied with the bio-security arrangements, clearing the way for their first visit to Bangladesh since 2017. Cricbuzz understands that the final agreement was reached on Tuesday (July 20).
Incidentally, Covid-19 cases have been on the rise in Bangladesh, with the government calling for a country-wide lockdown from July 23. “Yes, the tour is confirmed and they (Australia) are coming to play the five-match T20I series,” Akram said.
Both Australia and Bangladesh are expected to arrive in Dhaka from the West Indies and Zimbabwe respectively on July 29. Australia are set to take a charter flight from the Caribbean to reach Dhaka. Upon their arrival, the two squads will have to go through the three-day room quarantine period at the hotel.
The BCB had originally proposed splitting the matches between Dhaka and Chattogram, but Australia insisted on playing all the matches in one venue. It is also understood that both the teams can practice only on August 1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium ahead of the series. Australia are also said to be reluctant to go through the immigration center upon arriving in Dhaka. Instead, they want to reach the hotel straight from the tarmac of the airport to avoid any chances of getting infected by Covid-19.