Australia in Bangladesh 2011 February 27, 2011

Australia to tour Bangladesh after World Cup

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Australia will tour Bangladesh for the first time since 2006 in April 2011, straight after the on-going World Cup, for a three-match bilateral one-day series. They are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on April 4, just two days after the World Cup final, and will play ODIs on April 9, April 11 and April 13, all at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.

In accordance with the ICC Future Tours Programme, Test playing nations must tour each other at least once every six years, and Australia have toured Bangladesh just once since they attained Test status. That tour was in April 2006 and Australia won both Tests and all three one-dayers. The FTP had Australia scheduled to play two Tests this time around as well, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board have announced Australia will leave immediately after the three ODIs.

One repercussion of the tour will be that the players from both teams' squads will miss the first week of the IPL, which begins on April 8. As many as 36 current Australia players were sold to IPL franchises during January's auction, while Shakib Al Hasan is the only Bangladesh player who is part of the Twenty20 tournament.

Australia have had a busy last five months, having played series against India, Sri Lanka and England in the lead-up to the World Cup. Bangladesh have enjoyed a slightly more spread-out schedule, with a couple of one-day home series the only cricket they played in the six months before the World Cup.

Bangladesh have beaten Australia just once in 16 one-dayers against them, back in 2007 in Cardiff. Since they last played Australia in September 2008, they have won 25 of their 53 one-day games, and have been on a good run at home, where they recently won series against New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

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  • fanacric on March 2, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    To BCB .........please bring back our one and only Mash this time ..........keep him in the squad at least! If he gets fit then he can play. To the selectors ..........please let Nafees play instead of Ashraful. Even Alok Kapali is better and bowl really well than Ashraful as he is not a bowler. If we need spin bowling service then why not Alok! Also, try to include some new faces like Sabbir Rahman, Shuvogoto, etc.

  • fanacric on March 2, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @ boris6491 ........I completely agree with you .........without the main players, this will be a meaningless series, no doubt! Moreover, there is no Test matches at all!

  • fanacric on March 2, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    @ Leigh Glaser ........You are absolutely right .........only ODIs won't help BD improve. We have to play TEST more. I request BCB to take necessary steps as required!

  • on March 2, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I agree with Omar Nizam. Tour of India is definitely in order. Will be great having Australia back in BD. Hey who knows, if aussies don't win the world cup, we might have optimistic chances :P

  • on March 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    its a good decision made by cricket australia.. Prefer country first.. not money

  • on March 1, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    The only way the Banga's are going to improve is by playing TEST cricket. Both teams will have come straight from the WC, more ODI are stupid. It would appear that the whole cricket calendar is being dictated by the IPL.

  • on February 28, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Must tour each other once every six years...what a laugh. Why is it that India has never hosted Bangladesh in ELEVEN long years? I think its high time Bangladesh was invited to tour India. COME ON BCCI, LET THE GOOD PEOPLE OF INDIA SEE OUR ROYAL BENGAL TIGERS FIRST HAND!

  • gmaurup on February 28, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    "In accordance with the ICC Future Tours Programme, Test playing nations must tour each other at least once every six years"-- Dude, you are sure you know the rules right? Bangladesh have never visited India since they got the status. Or the rules are for rest of the ICC world minus India.

  • shibukunnamthanam on February 28, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    what a nonsense..AUS playing lots of matches a current time..who taking this type of decision for ICC..I thinking better tour program is 2 test and 3 ODI matches , starting from April last week to MAY... IPL board need australian players service, so ICC president sharad powar (he is indian) prepare this type of shedule prpared...!!!

  • crackers134 on February 28, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Disgraceful that there will be no test matches. We will have just been through a (long) one day world cup and the baggy green hasnt been sighted since the start of January. More test matches please! Would rather this tour be 2 or (preferably) 3 tests and no ODI's instead of what we will get.

  • fanacric on March 2, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    To BCB .........please bring back our one and only Mash this time ..........keep him in the squad at least! If he gets fit then he can play. To the selectors ..........please let Nafees play instead of Ashraful. Even Alok Kapali is better and bowl really well than Ashraful as he is not a bowler. If we need spin bowling service then why not Alok! Also, try to include some new faces like Sabbir Rahman, Shuvogoto, etc.

  • fanacric on March 2, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    @ boris6491 ........I completely agree with you .........without the main players, this will be a meaningless series, no doubt! Moreover, there is no Test matches at all!

  • fanacric on March 2, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    @ Leigh Glaser ........You are absolutely right .........only ODIs won't help BD improve. We have to play TEST more. I request BCB to take necessary steps as required!

  • on March 2, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I agree with Omar Nizam. Tour of India is definitely in order. Will be great having Australia back in BD. Hey who knows, if aussies don't win the world cup, we might have optimistic chances :P

  • on March 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    its a good decision made by cricket australia.. Prefer country first.. not money

  • on March 1, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    The only way the Banga's are going to improve is by playing TEST cricket. Both teams will have come straight from the WC, more ODI are stupid. It would appear that the whole cricket calendar is being dictated by the IPL.

  • on February 28, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Must tour each other once every six years...what a laugh. Why is it that India has never hosted Bangladesh in ELEVEN long years? I think its high time Bangladesh was invited to tour India. COME ON BCCI, LET THE GOOD PEOPLE OF INDIA SEE OUR ROYAL BENGAL TIGERS FIRST HAND!

  • gmaurup on February 28, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    "In accordance with the ICC Future Tours Programme, Test playing nations must tour each other at least once every six years"-- Dude, you are sure you know the rules right? Bangladesh have never visited India since they got the status. Or the rules are for rest of the ICC world minus India.

  • shibukunnamthanam on February 28, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    what a nonsense..AUS playing lots of matches a current time..who taking this type of decision for ICC..I thinking better tour program is 2 test and 3 ODI matches , starting from April last week to MAY... IPL board need australian players service, so ICC president sharad powar (he is indian) prepare this type of shedule prpared...!!!

  • crackers134 on February 28, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Disgraceful that there will be no test matches. We will have just been through a (long) one day world cup and the baggy green hasnt been sighted since the start of January. More test matches please! Would rather this tour be 2 or (preferably) 3 tests and no ODI's instead of what we will get.

  • roadrunnerz45 on February 28, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    the most ridiculous aspect is why in the world have a tour game? that to me is absurd otherwise it would be more like a 5 day break which is still ridiculous but not as absurd as currently.

  • stormy16 on February 28, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    ICC - this is a sick joke and totally unacceptable. We have a future tours program to ensure there is some distribution of the cricket betwen the countires and the end result is a 3 match one day series 2 days after the WC in order order to ensure the IPL is not effected. This defeats the whole purpose of the future tours program and forces teams like Bangladesh to play other weaker teams resulting in lack of opportunity to improve. There are something's that are simply not accptable and this is one of them.

  • Salim_123 on February 28, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    I feel this is the best opportunity to send some experience along with youth side. Players like Feruson, Daniel Christian, Peter George, Josh Hazzlewood, Moses Henruques etc should be sent

  • longrun on February 28, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    india still have 1 year to invite bangladesh there. but if they don't the ICC wont do anything cas it's the BCCI who seemingly runs world cricket, like collingwood in australian football, it's a case of the tail wagging the dog. i hope it's a competitive series, we might even let some of you have a photo opportunity with the world cup (come on ricky)

  • Something_Witty on February 28, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Hmmm. Bangladesh are quite a good ODI side of late. Should be an interesting series.

  • on February 28, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    play some tests for crying out loud. playing tests should be more important than a mickey mouse event

  • on February 28, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    why only ODIs !! bangladesh can improve the their game if only the play more tests. ODIs and masala cricket are only for telecast companies.

    for the sake of this game ICC should help more to grow up the new nations. as per FTP, what about bangladesh tour to india? as each nation should visit each other at east once in every six years, but India was never hosted bangladesh till it got the test status. just because of ego!!? where is the FTP for India. is it the financial matter comes into play !

    its understandable that India cant forget about the shock in last world cup. but dont worry history returns....many more world cups yet to come....

  • Webba84 on February 28, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Could we all just look forward to the series and hope for some good cricket from both teams without all this empty posturing?

  • Hanz018 on February 28, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    I am waiting passionately to watch how Bangladeshi batsman are going to handle Australian Pace Attack, They are a young team & still have long way to go hence all the players are very young. This Australian series will help them to a lot in their process to make them a strong cricketing nation.

  • jonesy2 on February 28, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    this makes absolutely no sense at all, why would aus players want to miss the first week of IPL to play in bangladesh? and the IPL teams will not be happy to be missing then. so much ridiculous idiocy going on in cricket it boggles my mind.

  • Dr.Qwert on February 28, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    this will end up looking very disrespectful to Bangladesh cricket, the team that will end up playing will be without key players like ponting, clarke, johnson, haddin, watson. furthermore not to play tests in the series is just kinda scraping the barrel for australia to do their minimum. there isn't much respect between the established test nations & the lower 1s & it's a real shame as everyone would like to see it become a proper global sport.

  • on February 28, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Cricinfo gave wrog information....Bangladesh won against Australia in 2005 not 2007

  • Dismayed on February 28, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Australia should send a young team of guys who are next in line.

  • on February 27, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Great to see AUst keeping some of their committment, but they should also play the test matches. They should be prioroty over and above the IPL.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on February 27, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    BANGLADESH DID BEAT THEM IN 2007

  • 5wombats on February 27, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Good grief! Whatever next!? Well - this is good news for Bangladesh; the short "tour" will raise their profile and their ODI ranking, as they will beat Aus easily. But it looks to me as if money talks; this series is so soon after the WC - money can be the only possible justification for it. But provided that the Tigers get a fair share of the money, then it should be a win-win situation for them. The wombats will follow this series with interest to see how new captain Clake gets on.

  • cristiaan99999 on February 27, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    aus will win easy hopefully steve smith can demolish the bangladeshis and tim paine gets a go ahead of haddin, may be mitch starc can play since he has just recovered from his stress fracture!!!!

  • calvin_n on February 27, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    We Indian fans fully support Bangladesh in this series....Hope Bangla defeats the Aussies 3-0. Spin is the key...

  • smudgeon on February 27, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Why are there no tests scheduled?

  • on February 27, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Bangladesh beat Australia in 2005...not 2007. I wish they could've beaten them in 2007! Hoping for a keen 2011 contest!

  • proud_Bangladeshi on February 27, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Great news for all of us who support Bangladesh cricket. Tigers can be benefited playing against teams like Australia and we thank Australia for their respect to FTP

    I, once again, want to mention that India is yet to invite Bangladesh for a cricket series even though we just celebrated 10 years in test cricket. India is the only country who is yet to play Bangladesh in their home soil.

    Where is FTP for India? If FTP suggests that every test playing nation must tour each other at least once in every 6 years, why is India an exception? Can we expect a reply from ICC?

  • wiseshah on February 27, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    australia should be careful about bangladesh. they have not seen shakib tamim lead bangladesh in previous team. expecting some new comers like sabbir rahman or nasir hossain in the squad. it will be a tough series

  • titusgomes on February 27, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    it is nice to here that aussie is coming to bangladesh. this time it not gonna be easy to beat bangladesh easily. i hope and pray that tigers beat tham badly this time. GO TIGERS GET THE KANGAROOS.

  • on February 27, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    I think the stat is a bit wrong........ BD have beaten the aussies back in 2005.....not in 2007.......

  • on February 27, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    the series will be vry much competitive indeed...lets hope we could win diz seriez....

  • saddambdrox21 on February 27, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    we wait to welcome the Australia team.....................

  • AARON.IFTEKHAR on February 27, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Tigers are Roaring & Kangaroos are Hoping and Jumping... so they are not same in class

  • on February 27, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Good to see...Hopefully Aus will get enough rest after getting knocked out of quarters..

  • boris6491 on February 27, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    If we have a logical, sensible FTP, we do have to abide by it. But frankly, this is ridiculous. Evidently, the FTP has been poorly thought out. If hypothetically the Australians reach the final, the gap between series is extremely small. I have not been one to tolerate the 'hectic schedule' argument put forward by many players considering that it is a privilege to play for your country, but I have to side with them here and say that this is just ludicrous and asking too much of both the Australians and Bangladeshis after a big tournament. Not to mention the fact that this will not go down well with those Aussies + Shakib who are involved in the IPL and are forced to participate and what honestly is a meaningless series considering it comes straight after a world cup.

  • sandy11dhamaka on February 27, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Sakib al hasan will be miss by KKR

  • on February 27, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Aussies have been good for Bangladesh. I hope to see a good fyt in the seriese

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  • on February 27, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Aussies have been good for Bangladesh. I hope to see a good fyt in the seriese

  • sandy11dhamaka on February 27, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Sakib al hasan will be miss by KKR

  • boris6491 on February 27, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    If we have a logical, sensible FTP, we do have to abide by it. But frankly, this is ridiculous. Evidently, the FTP has been poorly thought out. If hypothetically the Australians reach the final, the gap between series is extremely small. I have not been one to tolerate the 'hectic schedule' argument put forward by many players considering that it is a privilege to play for your country, but I have to side with them here and say that this is just ludicrous and asking too much of both the Australians and Bangladeshis after a big tournament. Not to mention the fact that this will not go down well with those Aussies + Shakib who are involved in the IPL and are forced to participate and what honestly is a meaningless series considering it comes straight after a world cup.

  • on February 27, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Good to see...Hopefully Aus will get enough rest after getting knocked out of quarters..

  • AARON.IFTEKHAR on February 27, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Tigers are Roaring & Kangaroos are Hoping and Jumping... so they are not same in class

  • saddambdrox21 on February 27, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    we wait to welcome the Australia team.....................

  • on February 27, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    the series will be vry much competitive indeed...lets hope we could win diz seriez....

  • on February 27, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    I think the stat is a bit wrong........ BD have beaten the aussies back in 2005.....not in 2007.......

  • titusgomes on February 27, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    it is nice to here that aussie is coming to bangladesh. this time it not gonna be easy to beat bangladesh easily. i hope and pray that tigers beat tham badly this time. GO TIGERS GET THE KANGAROOS.

  • wiseshah on February 27, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    australia should be careful about bangladesh. they have not seen shakib tamim lead bangladesh in previous team. expecting some new comers like sabbir rahman or nasir hossain in the squad. it will be a tough series