Bangladesh news July 16, 2014

Bangladesh to host Zimbabwe in October


Zimbabwe will play their first three-match Test series in more than 13 years when they tour Bangladesh in October later this year. They last played three Tests against Sri Lanka in December 2001.

For Bangladesh, this will mark the third time that they have played three Tests in a series since becoming a Test nation in 2000, having last done so in July 2007. This is also the first of six possible series between the two sides till 2022. The two sides met last year in Zimbabwe when they drew the two-Test series 1-1, while Zimbabwe took ODIs 2-1.

Zimbabwe arrive in Dhaka on October 17 and after playing a three-day match in Fatullah, they will contest the first Test in Chittagong from October 26. The second Test will also be held in Chittagong from November 3, after which the teams will travel back to the capital for the third Test from November 11 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

The first three matches of the ODI series will be held in Dhaka after which the teams will go back to Chittagong to play the last two ODIs. The BCB decided to stick to only Dhaka and Chittagong this time because the Sylhet Stadium will be undergoing ground work in the coming months, making it unsuitable for cricket.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Given Bangladesh's recent form, this will be very close and entertaining series.

  • Graham on July 17, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will have a revitalized seam attack under Heath Streak , in home conditions it will be a comfortable series for them against a side with no specialist coaching or mentors.

  • ZCF on July 17, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    A 3-day 16 aside match followed by an 11 aside 4 day match would be good preparation for Z.mbabwe. While a lot of the batsmen have experience in BD conditions, the young seamers (Chatara&Vitori) have none! The stamina and tigh control of Panyangara&Mpofu/Shingi should make them favourites, considering Hami&Elton can bowl seam very well. That makes way for a spin double of Utseya/Mushangwe/Mboyi considering one of Williams/Maruma in as a specialst batsman are decent spinners themselves.

    Mawoyo, Vusi, Hami, Taylor, Williams, Chigumbura, Mutumbami/Chakabva(wk), Utseya, Mushangwe, Panyangara, Mpofu

  • Nayan on July 17, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Yes its a very good news for the two minnow nation of cricketing family.. All the best to both the team.. We are looking forward to some exciting contest..

  • Fahad on July 17, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Yes, organize 3 series against ZIM, 2 against WI, and 1 against NZ. That's as far as BCB can go.

  • jed on July 17, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    this will be 3-0 to zim, based on how crap bangladesh has played recently

  • John on July 16, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Yes, good news, especially the three Tests. Bangladesh will have the advantage of home conditions but great experience for Zimbabwe.

  • Yatin on July 16, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    The series should be given first class status rather than test status.

  • Android on July 16, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    This whole series is good for both countries. they will give tough time one an other but BNG will have big support of their crowd let's see what happens.

  • Dar on July 16, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    This is great news. Let both of these countries get some practices in real cricket and learn. Hope after these tests, they'll be able to put a fight against other teams like Newzealand, West Indies and Pakistan.

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