Australia news April 3, 2017

CA, BCB negotiating format, timing of potential Australia visit

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Australia's previous visit to Bangladesh was cancelled due to security concerns © Getty Images

Australia and Bangladesh are at odds over the timing and format of the tour tentatively scheduled for later this year after the previously planned visit by Steven Smiths' team was scuppered due to security concerns.

While the Future Tours Programme has Australia visiting Bangladesh in July for two Test matches as per the original 2015 plan, it has been reported that Cricket Australia (CA) suggested changing the tour to an ODI-based visit ahead of the limited-overs tour of India scheduled for October before the home Ashes summer.

However the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is believed to have relayed to CA its preference for the tour to remain as originally mapped out, partly because the national team is presently in arguably the richest vein of Test-match form in its history, having registered wins over England and Sri Lanka in recent months.

Among Bangladesh's other reasons for maintaining the tour's current place is that they have other proposed tours that clash with CA's plan. Bangladesh are set to play Pakistan in July and August, before touring South Africa from mid-September to late October.

The Australian proposal would by contrast maintain consistency for Smith's team in the wake of the Champions Trophy in England. It would also allow for the selection of a limited overs-specific squad that would in turn offer the opportunity for numerous Test players to play a full Sheffield Shield schedule at home leading into the Ashes.

CA and the players also need to consider rolling security assessments for Australian nationals in Bangladesh; previously, the Australian government's travel-advice website had warned that Australians were subject to a specific threat in Bangladesh, leading to the cancellation of the 2015 tour. The current travel advice for Australians visiting the region is to "reconsider your need to travel" in light of "reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Western interests in Bangladesh". A CA spokesperson said security remained a primary concern.

"We are still hopeful of touring Bangladesh in the near future but the safety of players and officials will always come first," he said. "We will continue to monitor advice from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and our own security advisors about the security risk for any future tours of the Australian team in Bangladesh and make a decision based on this advice closer to any potential tour."

Discussions between CA and the BCB are ongoing.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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  • Reza on April 9, 2017, 5:06 GMT

    So Australia wants Bangladesh to cancel or postpone their pre-planned SA tour to accommodate the delayed arrival of Aussies, which still i doubt as they cancelled tours two times last moment. Moreover they want ODI series instead of original test series just to help Aussies for their preparation of odi series in India. And Aussis want delayed series because they dont want ti go back to australia after touring bangladesh instead they want to go india right after BD tour. I find this is completely wrong by a mighty team to another test nation. I woyld say BD should never listen to these type humiliated proposal.

  • vijay.9533219 on April 5, 2017, 11:49 GMT

    Winning the ODI series in BD is going to be a toough task for aus.

  • MohammadShoebHassan on April 5, 2017, 5:55 GMT

    Big boys don't play a part in developing other's game. That's d proof of it. It's always easy to say no to or negotiate with comparatively weaker teams. Shame on u Cricket Australia.

  • Jay on April 5, 2017, 4:00 GMT

    i hope this comes to fruition with test matches. i would love to see us tour Bangladesh as it will be an exciting competitive series. Bangladesh are developing in to a very exciting side plus it's a good excuse for me to visit Dhaka and watch some good cricketd. cheers.

  • Heramb on April 4, 2017, 17:28 GMT

    Do not see Australia touring Bangladesh anytime in 2017.Bangladesh are slated to host Pakistan in mid-2017 after the CT in England.Bangladesh then proceed on their 1st tour of SA in 9 years in Sep-Oct'17 the slot when Australia were last slated to tour Bangladesh in 2015-a tour ostensibly cancelled on account of security concerns in a year BD did exceedingly well reaching their maiden WC QF in Australia followed by a hat trick of ODI series wins albeit all at home against Pakistan,India & SA.Australia after completing their 4th consecutive away Ashes series defeat in England in 2015 did not seem to be in their best of form under new captain Smith to tour BD. With the home Ashes looming in Nov'17,unless OZ agree to tour BD in Aug-Sep'17,an Bangladesh-Australia full series seems unlikely in 2017.Hope Bangladesh complete the quadruple of Test series defeats for Australia in Asia when the tour actually happens in the near future to join Pakistan(2014),SL(2016) & India(2017) in thumping OZ.

  • Andy on April 4, 2017, 17:08 GMT

    @cricfan9721770951: Looks like people are misinterpreting my comment. I didn't undermine Fizz, he just hasn't had a record to speak of in tests irrespective of no.of matches he played. I don't think he even has an 5 or 4 wicket haul in tests, did he ? Sorry, I'm lazy to search & check his profile for stats. My comment was regarding ODI's with out Fizz. Tell me off late how many ODI's & T20's have won with Fizz & with out Fizz, you'll know the difference.

  • chris on April 4, 2017, 14:25 GMT

    there is no pint to go to BD to play some ODIs. waste of time.

  • Shakib S Rahman on April 4, 2017, 14:07 GMT

    Kind of clueless arguments over bangladesh cricket shows neither they follow the game properly or they have always a feeling that bangladesh shouldn't be playing good at all.

  •   cricfan2885508451 on April 4, 2017, 13:31 GMT

    Take a look in fizz test statistics,,he played only 4match 6innings and take 12wkt at 23avrg,,,& still some rubbish said that fizz is not good in test!!!

  • nanmul6362878 on April 4, 2017, 9:06 GMT

    SERIOUS-AM-I: Mustafiz is young and has hardly played any test matches to generate a proper understanding of him as a bowler in tests. However, he has repeatedly shown traits and skills of a great fast bowler. His economy and average are still excellent for any fast bowler. Regardless of the fact that he is more or less a slow bowler in terms of pace, he is able to tie down runs really well to pressuring batsmen in scoring off of unorthodox shots and eventually getting out to him. He makes good use of swing, both in and out, and of course he uses his cutters to good effect. So far, he has bowled a few match-defining spells. One such spell was a 5 over spell of him drying up runs and creating chances such that 3 SA wickets (Amla, Duminy, QDK) fell to him in 4 balls. This helped BD get a 100 run lead before rain stopped play altogether. He also helped change the 2nd SL test match completely by THAT spell, putting BD in a dominant position to win the match. Which they went on to do.

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