Australia’s Test and T20I tours of Bangladesh postponed

Australia's Mitchell Starc (left) apologises to Bangladesh's Liton Das after hitting him on the head during the ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. (Photo by Simon Cooper/PA Images via Getty Images)

Australia’s two-match Test series against Bangladesh, which is part of the Test Championship, has been postponed to June-July 2020, Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Monday (September 23).

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The fixtures, to be hosted by Bangladesh, were initially planned for February next year but a decision was taken to move it to June-July after both BCB and Cricket Australia agreed on the postponement.

“According to the FTP, we were supposed to host two Tests in February but now the Test series will be played in June-July 2020,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan told reporters.

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Meanwhile, Akram also said Australia’s tour of Bangladesh for a T20I series, which was supposed to be held in October this year, will instead take place in 2021 ahead of the eighth edition of the T20 World Cup which will be held in India.

“Initially we were expecting to host Australia for a two-match Twenty20 International series in October but now they have agreed to play three T20 internationals and it will be played ahead of the World T20 in India, though we are yet to finalise the date,” Akram said.

Bangladesh begin their Test Championship campaign with a two-match Test series against India, scheduled in November this year.

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