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Bangladesh skipping the two Tests against Zimbabwe?

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The T20 World Cup is going to start in the United States and seven countries in the Caribbean region at the beginning of next June. There are six months left for the tournament, during which Shakib Al Hasan-Nazmul Hasan Shanto will have to play two bilateral series including BPL. Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will come to Bangladesh after BPL. Test series will be played again with both teams. Bangladeshi cricketers will not get time to prepare separately for T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking for ways to get more time to prepare properly for the global tournament. In that case, BCB is looking at both the Test matches against Zimbabwe. Rumors started that BCB might drop these two matches as they are not part of the World Test Championship cycle. However, a high-ranking BCB official told the cricket media Cricbuzz that BCB wants to change the schedule of the two Tests. The final decision will come in a few days.

BCB’s head of cricket operations, Jalal Younus, told Cricbuzz on Tuesday, “We are scrapping the two Test matches against Zimbabwe – that is not true. We will definitely play two Tests (against Zimbabwe). But we have to think about when to play.’

Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup preparations will begin on January 19 with franchise league BPL. BPL will end on March 1. Sri Lanka will visit Bangladesh in March. Bangladesh will play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is against the Lankans.

The Zimbabwean was supposed to come to Bangladesh to play two Tests and five T20Is in April before the Sri Lanka series ends. BCB is thinking of changing the schedule of two Tests from this series.

National team coach Chandika Hathurusinghe will return to Bangladesh on January 20. BCB will discuss the Zimbabwe Test schedule with him when he arrives.

It is certain, if the Test schedule with Zimbabwe is changed, Shakib-Shantra will get more time to prepare for the T20. In that case, BCB can send them to the United States in advance to adapt to the conditions.

Bangladesh has played only two matches in the United States so far. In 2018, both of those matches against the West Indies took place in Florida.

It should be noted that Bangladesh has fallen into the ‘D’ group in the 2024 T20 World Cup. This is the toughest group compared to the other three. Where Bangladesh is with South Africa, Sri Lanka, Netherlands and Nepal.


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