Australia in Bangladesh 2011 February 27, 2011

Australia to tour Bangladesh after World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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!

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

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