Bangladesh news January 5, 2016

Bangladesh to host Zimbabwe for four T20Is

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe played three ODIs and two T20Is in November © Associated Press

Zimbabwe will take on hosts Bangladesh in a four-match T20 series to be held in Khulna from January 15, the BCB announced on Tuesday. This will be Bangladesh's longest T20 series, and used as preparation for the upcoming Asia Cup T20s and World T20.

The BCB had been saying for the past couple of weeks that the T20 series would be played in Khulna and Sylhet, but since Sylhet will be used during the upcoming Under-19 World Cup, the Zimbabwe series will be played only in Khulna.

The BCB's cricket operations committee had earlier proposed to include a Test match in this tour, but the BCB president said that Zimbabwe were keen only to play T20 matches. It is now likely that Bangladesh will tour Zimbabwe in June or July to play up to three Tests pending from the original series between the two teams in January. The two teams had played a three ODIs and two T20s in November.

The BCB did not confirm the match timings for the four T20s, to be held on January 15, 17, 20 and 22.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • LEFTHANDEDOPENER on January 6, 2016, 10:07 GMT

    Srilanka may host 2016 t20 asia cup in place bangladesh bcoz of safety concerns.

  • Black_Prince on January 5, 2016, 16:27 GMT

    I am very pleased to see BCB taking the Asia Cup T20s and World T20 seriously. Just focusing on T20 is a great idea at the moment. As much as we are way behind in the test format, we are also in very similar situation in T20s. It would have been good idea to get Afghanistan and Ireland too. As many games as we can get.

  • LEFTHANDEDOPENER on January 5, 2016, 16:10 GMT

    whether its boring or not bangla don't have quality to play against other mighty teams so batter to play against zim for every year.

  • TheRisingTeam on January 5, 2016, 15:54 GMT

    @TMA11...Ireland will be in the same group as Bangladesh, so would've been better if it was Afghanistan instead. Playing Zimbabwe too much is boring.

  • LEFTHANDEDOPENER on January 5, 2016, 15:02 GMT

    No one want to see two bottle of table team facing each other. Although zim having some serious talent.but nobody would waste his time to see unlatented other team.

  • TMA11 on January 5, 2016, 13:36 GMT

    would have been nice if they included Ireland in a tri series. They barely have any competitive fixtures before the WT20

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