Bangladesh news February 9, 2014

BCB confirms four series with India, maiden Test tour in 2016

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The BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, has said that he has signed members' participation agreements (MPA) for four tours with the BCCI, which includes Bangladesh's maiden Test tour to India in 2016. The other significant agreement, although in principle, has been with Cricket Australia while the ECB did not confirm additional tours.

According to the FTP of 2012-2020, India were supposed to tour Bangladesh in June 2014 (only ODIs) and June 2015 (Tests and ODIs). In addition to these tours, Bangladesh will tour India in 2016 as the latter have slots free after the World Twenty20 and before Champions League. India has also agreed to tour Bangladesh in 2020 to play Tests and ODIs.

"We have signed with India that they will visit us in 2014," Hassan said. "The next year, 2015, India will come to Bangladesh to play Tests. In August and September of 2016, Bangladesh will tour India to play Tests. In June 2020, India will come to play Tests and ODIs.

"Our main objective was to play more Test matches, and tour the big nations. We have confirmed these so far, because every country has a very tight schedule."

The BCB has also secured MPAs with CA for a tour by Australia to Bangladesh in October 2015 to play Tests, as well as the July 2018 tour to play Tests and ODIs in Australia. The additional tour is scheduled for 2021, when Australia will tour Bangladesh.

"We have not signed on it but have principally agreed," Hassan said. "We have to fix the date with them soon. As for England, we haven't signed anything but they have agreed to honour our FTP till 2020. They have agreed to come twice to Bangladesh."

According to the old FTP, England are scheduled to tour Bangladesh in October 2016, so the BCB is expecting the ECB to sign an MPA for the previously scheduled tour and an additional one.

Hassan said that since Bangladesh are likely to participate in the play-off with the next Intercontinental Cup winner, their target is to play more Tests with higher-ranked sides, to give them more chances to move up the ICC Test rankings. He said the target is to play 50 Tests in the next six to seven years.

"According to the last FTP, we have 33 Tests left to play till 2020," Hassan said. "Now the timings might change with other teams at first, because of the MPA and all the hassle that will come with it. We have targeted around 50 Tests.

"We will play more cricket now against big teams, and if we win or draw against them, then our ranking will rise. The proposal went as we wanted it. So you can say we are successful."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • satchander on February 13, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    @PK-KID: lol...ha..ha...yes defintely india will improve their rankings on sub continental pitches...

  • PK-KID on February 11, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Clash of titans .2 minnows ,good for india to improve ranking

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Now India can win outside India. very good news. Thanks BCCI.

  • on February 11, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    So BCB achieved the pinnacle of their efforts. In response to their 'Yes man' attitude they got blessed by the tour of India. What an achievement. Whole of Bangladesh should be proud of what their cricket board has achieved. I am sure this will bring lots of rapid improvement in Bangladesh cricket.

  • reyme on February 10, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Looking forward to see this Test in person at Eden Garden. This is a very good news for BD cricket and thanks to BCCI for nice gesture. Indian Fans are one of the best in the world and that's how IND became a cricket powerhouse.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 10, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    @ABKhanISB: I really don't care about who Pakistan plays with but it'll be nice if you lot STOP whining in every single post about us.They are already doing it a lot cant really start it haha

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 10, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Ha, ha! Funny how Papon's face is beaming from ear to ear! Let's just hope that grin lasts long enough. Can't be sure though - A burnt child dreads the fire.

  • Sultan2007 on February 10, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Oh, Goody. Now our young batsmen can build their averages and be forever recognized for their greatness. Having been blooded (sic) in Aus and SA and even NZ, they are due a fairer shot at building their stats. The series of course will be drawn because we still dont have the right bowlers of quality.

  • ABKhanISB on February 10, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    @ asiacricket1234 ......... Indian commentators never stop to amuse me. Why would Pakistan want to play with India, which they thrashed in their own backyard in the last bilateral series. Its good that two even teams India and Bangladesh will play each other.

  • ABKhanISB on February 10, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Thats the achievement of whole of BD's cricket life that they will get a tour to India if it happens

  • satchander on February 13, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    @PK-KID: lol...ha..ha...yes defintely india will improve their rankings on sub continental pitches...

  • PK-KID on February 11, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Clash of titans .2 minnows ,good for india to improve ranking

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Now India can win outside India. very good news. Thanks BCCI.

  • on February 11, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    So BCB achieved the pinnacle of their efforts. In response to their 'Yes man' attitude they got blessed by the tour of India. What an achievement. Whole of Bangladesh should be proud of what their cricket board has achieved. I am sure this will bring lots of rapid improvement in Bangladesh cricket.

  • reyme on February 10, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    Looking forward to see this Test in person at Eden Garden. This is a very good news for BD cricket and thanks to BCCI for nice gesture. Indian Fans are one of the best in the world and that's how IND became a cricket powerhouse.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 10, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    @ABKhanISB: I really don't care about who Pakistan plays with but it'll be nice if you lot STOP whining in every single post about us.They are already doing it a lot cant really start it haha

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 10, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Ha, ha! Funny how Papon's face is beaming from ear to ear! Let's just hope that grin lasts long enough. Can't be sure though - A burnt child dreads the fire.

  • Sultan2007 on February 10, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Oh, Goody. Now our young batsmen can build their averages and be forever recognized for their greatness. Having been blooded (sic) in Aus and SA and even NZ, they are due a fairer shot at building their stats. The series of course will be drawn because we still dont have the right bowlers of quality.

  • ABKhanISB on February 10, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    @ asiacricket1234 ......... Indian commentators never stop to amuse me. Why would Pakistan want to play with India, which they thrashed in their own backyard in the last bilateral series. Its good that two even teams India and Bangladesh will play each other.

  • ABKhanISB on February 10, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Thats the achievement of whole of BD's cricket life that they will get a tour to India if it happens

  • asim229 on February 10, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    I think it would not have made any difference if PCB had signed Big3 and India will still not play Pakistan because it is related to their government approval which is not happening for the last several years.I congratulate Zaka Ashraf for his brave decision and standing against big3 because it was not a fair proposal.If india cant even allow pak players to play in their domestic league then how can they agree to play full series with pak.

  • dabbadubba on February 10, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    very nice of BCCI to help our the neighbours to improve their rankings.. where are the jealous SL/PAK fans who were opposing this now ?

  • Just_love_it on February 10, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Now that's indeed very nice gesture from BCCI which will help cricket at large.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 10, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    and Waqas77 As for what is happening to your cricket: I have no interest about it. If they are doing well than good for you and well done to them. All I want is more test for Bangladesh and as long as we get it I am fine. If you don't like us playing more test then that is your problem. This was a diplomatic step from BCB any civilized person will understand that and now it is up to BCB to make it work. Whether they can or cant is not something that should matter to you guys. This continuous abusing BCB doesn't make any sense either as it is not like they are the only one who voted for the BIG 3 or made these whole thing happen

  • Iceman29 on February 10, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Waqs77: Couldn't agree more with your comments there...If your that situation would have been for any other country it will be very difficult...it is a great achievement really..Its because of some sheer talented players your country is surviving this crisis...And we will miss as well playing with you guys...the problem is in every forum Ind gets criticized unconditionally no matter if we lose or win, if we dont appreciate other teams, or for any decision that BCCI makes blah blah blah we are both the centre of attraction and humiliation..that's something we have to live with it...it also makes us to comment inappropriately sometimes but we love this sport from the bottom of our heart and we want our team to win every match. We make our players hero when they win and Zero when they lose its all because of the love we have for this sport...

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    this is a form of bribery you vote for us and we will give you extra tours what will Bangladesh achieve from this the most they can is draw a test match people who think that bangladesh can win these tests against ind eng or aus live in a dream world now all of a sudden bangla are good enough to deserve a tour against ind lol pak and SL did well to stand up to the bullies shame on all the other boards

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Feeling sorry for PAK. PCB should have listened to Ramiz Raza and Shoaib Akhtar, who foreseen these things. they clearly saw this 'Draft thing' will only help pak immensly financially. Playing with IND this regularly will only help BANG to increase their competency against top teams. ECB, CA willing to play BANG is too good for them. I dnt see this step as any hindrance to global cricket. Where are the guys..who posted 'RIP Cricket' after the approval of the ICC draft ? Can u all enlighten how this step kills cricket ?

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    I think that this is good for cricket, they either have test status and can play everyone home and away or they can not, for cricket to thrive they need to encourage the up and coming nations to play. I would prefer a system of the main international A teams facing the up and coming nations with league tables.

  • Iceman29 on February 10, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @ asiacricket1234: Buddy Ind will be the hot topic wherever we go or whatever we do...be it losing or winning or any decision BCCI makes we will be in the headlines...Everyone hates Ind because of their sudden rise to power and dictating terms, the money the BCCI posses etc..but at the end of the day they need us.....these people would have never questioned if ECB or the Aussies would have done this when they ruled cricket world but they cant digest the fact that Ind is now dictating terms...when I say this most of them will say its arrogance and they will start to correlate the current Indian team's performance with the BCCI's power which is insane but what I said is the truth...everthing will not be the same forever now its BCCI next it can PCB, SL, ECB or even BD can possess such power in the future who knows and we will see what these same fans will say then..

  • asiacricket1234 on February 10, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    As expected there are so many negative comments from the Pakistanis. Don't understand what is wrong with these people. This is gonna be series between BD-Ind they don't need to worry about it. May be they are just jealous that they don't get to play with India because we all know how much they want a series against them.

  • on February 10, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    India team now same Zim. team. last 10 test match in other country they can't win any match. they can play only in India.

  • on February 10, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Good to see that there is gonna be a tour between this 2 countries. We should have asked BD to come earlier. I know its not going to be an exciting series but still BD need to play more test and u never know how much they are gonna improve in next 2 years. Good Luck to them.

  • Iceman29 on February 10, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    So the result would be... Rohit will score a double century, Raina will cash in this opportunity and score some hundreds and he will be in the team eternally, Ishant will be carted by the BD batsmen but he will take some wickets and cement his place even after ordinary performance, Ashwin will perform well as usual in home conditions.. and Dhoni will feel proud about it....Oh God when will this madness end? probably we Indians should stop watching and start looking at other sports....Kabadi may be??

  • Iceman29 on February 10, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    An useless series as far as an Indian fan is concerned. Nevertheless its an exciting series for BD team and fans, good for them...

  • MENDIS_Forever on February 10, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @ Deep Saini ; we never forget your help dude. It's only some arrogant, cricinfo using SL fans (younger generation) forget that India helped us. But rest of the people always admire it.So don't worry.

  • MENDIS_Forever on February 10, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    @ abc3 : well said bro...after long long time I'm praising an Indian fan. well said...

  • Herath-UK on February 10, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Shame he openly shows off what 'benefits' he got from caving in to bcci pressure & leaving Sri Lanka & Pak in the lurch.However this may haunt BD as more BD plays against Aus,Eng & Ind the more it will get the thrashing and will go down the ranking & not up as he mistakenly beleives.

  • Keshavaram on February 10, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    In the recent series against SL BD have performed better. Only thing is that they hvae to perform on fast & bouncy tracks not on flat tracks. I am sure Ind may loose to BD if they (Ind) so not perform better.Any way hpe for the best.

  • Udendra on February 10, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Really? who even wants to see such one-sided encounters with Bangladesh?

  • Mervo on February 10, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    What a mismatch. Why don't BD come here so our players can inflate their stats?

  • drnaveed on February 10, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    i fail to understand , what Indian team will gain out of it by playing against a low level team like BD. lets suppose even if they win all those matches ( in all 3 formats ), their rankings will not improve by much ,as they played against a lower ranked side , ( yes,their players will improve their individual rankings and landmarks ) but if they lose any match , they will be under immense pressure of their crowd ,ex-players and others. it is actually their board ,which will gain some thing out of it, and that too , not from these particular series between Ind and BD , but will be benefited in the long run of the 3 BIG plot. even for BD , just playing more matches will not improve their rankings, they will lose more matches per year ,than what they are actually now losing.they should start arranging matches from the lower levels, only than they will be benefited in the long run...

  • on February 10, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    @nikhil_indian_fan....how can you attribute superpower status to India when your much hyped team is getting thrashed by 8th ranked team?.Just because BCCI is playing well within ICC by bribing BD,zimbabwe,CSA etc., does not mean your cricketers are ICC superpowers.10 lost matches and one near escape overseas record is not good cricket at all.

  • tickcric on February 10, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    So bangladesh got handed some carrots and accepted the reign of big 3! CSA and BCB have turned out to be the biggest hypocrites. WI and NZ at least had a consistent position throughout this debate. SA and Bangladesh protested showed a brave face only to surrender meekly when some India tours were handed to them. Shameful act.

  • on February 10, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Till now we are stil the only team ho have beat India in India.

  • drnaveed on February 10, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    well , BD played first test match in the year 2000.till now (2014) , they have not toured India, very strange ??? .According to the BCB president, Nazmul Hassan Bangladesh's maiden Test tour to India will take place in the year 2016.there will be further 4 tours scheduled between Ind and BD .lets hope all goes well ,and these series are played on the grounds , as are scheduled ,right now on the paper.yes, BD should arrange series on all levels ( under 14 , under 16 , under 19 and so on ), both home and away series ,this will help their players to come up to the terms of international matches.they should play more 4 and 5 days games to adjust to the test cricket. playing more matches on international level will not help them ,they will loose most of the matches ,and their record will further worsen . they should start from the bottom.

  • on February 10, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    theese people r scared about us.

  • abc3 on February 10, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    i_golam - Good to dream. Just because the pitches are the same it doen't make it easy to beat a team on their home turf. That shows lack of cricketing knowledge from most of you BD fans who are just emotional in posting comments but lack in understanding of the finer points of the game. The same comment goes for my fellow ignorant Indians and all Asian fans as well. Most of us Asian fans talk rubbish without knowledge/understanding the game. Now back to discussion on you point of beating India in India, check with Sri Lankan team why they are yet to win a single test in India inspite of pitches being the same and they had much better spinner in Murali for better part of two decades. It doesn't work like that buddy.

  • ozone8237 on February 10, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    DO YOU GUYS REALLY THIINK THAT THE SO CALLED (MPA) WOULD BE HONORED AND FLLOWED WITH FULL ENFORCEMENT?? I REALLY DOUBT IT. when on ocassions several FTP's were not honored when it came down to playing against minnows how do you think a MPA that is smply within two nations and is bi-lateral wil be followed 100%??? Don't be too optimistic BCB and ZIM. anyway hope for the best............

  • on February 10, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    At Aus, SA, Eng or even NZ India had the worst ever records, worst than even Bangladesh...ha ha ha

  • i_golam on February 10, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    When India will host Bangladesh ? Oh man ... I am waiting so eagerly for it !! I think BD has a big opportunity in India, beating India in their home ground will be no difficulty for the BD guys only if they can keep the head bare ! if you think I'm crazy .. then I say why not ? they have the same pitch and weather as us while spinning is the only weapon for both of us that can be used against each other (lol) and we both play the spinn better than many others ! So we have the chance, I think //

  • abc3 on February 10, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    India was regarded as the final frontier for the mighty all conquering Aus team. Not any other country. They beat all others to pulp but it was only India who gave them a tough fight through their decade and a half long dominance. After several failed attempts failed by Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh they were finally able to win in 2003 under Ricky/Gilchrists captaincy. That was their last hurrah after which they lost 8 matches so far in 3 tours to India since then 0-2, 02, 0-4 (total 0-8). Bottom line everybody has their ups and downs. India had its golden period in last decade. Now the team is in transition. I'm sure they will do good once they settle down in couple of years. So the other fans no need to mock a team when a team is down but rather enjoy a good game of cricket with constructive criticism. Especially Pak fans who boasts of their highly talented bowling line up in last few decades (which is true) but yet to win or atleast drawww a test series in Aus or SA soil in 2 decades

  • rajcl on February 10, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @ naadnat, india disqulified 3 points , 1) not because of sachin its indian bowlers not defend 297 target, 2) india is high run rate than bangla with same points - but they caluculated head to head 3) ur favorate oponent sl not win againest u & not even single win in that serious

  • abc3 on February 10, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    From 2004 to 2011 prior to Eng tour when this bad run started, India had the second best away record with a score of 1.0 away record next to the mighty Aus team with SA coming in 3rd. Check the stats on cricinfo. 2 series in Eng - One draw (1-1) and one win (1-0). Two series in Aus One draw (1-1) and one narrow loss of (1-2). 2 Series in SA. One loss (1-2 margin) and a series draw 1-1. 2 series in SL. One draw and one loss. These 3 narrow losses were compensated by a series wins against NZ (1-0), two series wins against WI (1-0 each) and one series win against Pak which brings the par score of 1 for an even away record for a period of 8 years. With this decent away record coupled with an enviable home record India became No. 1 team when Aus were handed two successive series defeats in India 2-0 twice in back to back series in India. These are all backed by stats which justified in their steady rise in rankings through the last decade of good performance.

  • on February 10, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    if india's current form continues then bangladesh might just be the favorites

  • abc3 on February 10, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    We are talking about the team with aging stars past their expiry date and a team in transition in last 2 years that lost last 10 matches. Is there any other team with their entire top 6 being phased out and currently as inexperienced as current Indian team. 3 of the top six have played 3 to 6 matches and rest of the three around 20 or less. No other team has such inexperienced batting/bowling lineup with only Zaheer, Dhoni and Ishant playing 50+ matches. Yet they have done an OK job on their first two away tours to SA and NZ which will be a good learning curve for them. This bunch has sohown good fight in all their 3 test matches played so far in SA and NZ. Give them some time.

  • Kirk_Levin on February 10, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    @Aneesh. mate, the less you lot talk about bowling the better. India has one of the worst win ratio outside their country and stats show, even their batting flops when they play on non-flat pitches. Just look at how our Kiwi lads dominated India. Saffas along with Aussies and Paks got good bowling line-up. Saffas being no.1

  • 96worldcup on February 10, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Someone talking about 1996 world cup and Indian help.Same Indians help to SriLankan team in India.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/151232.html

  • abc3 on February 10, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - India played 3 + 3 + 2 in last 6 years in SA. What did SA play in India in last 6 years. One tour of 3 matches. Also did you see the crowd in SA for those 2 test matches. After the fact that I saw the crowd at stadiums I came to conclusion that 2 tests are justified. Look at crowd in Eng and Aus when India visits there. Hence they get full tours. Not only India but most teams play 2 test against SA for the same reason I guess. Economics. Aus played only two in their last tour as well.

  • on February 10, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Oh boy cannot wait to book tickets for that tour. I am sure I need to book now to get a seat ...?

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on February 10, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Will be good to have tours inbound and outbound of Bangladesh. It will boost the averages of our players ala Sri Lanka and also boost the rankings of the team thus making sure we are well and truely near the top of the tree.

    The downside will be it will almost certainly condemn Bangladesh to a four test match relegation play off against Ireland or Afghanistan in 2019.

    We wait with bated breath.

  • humi_cric on February 10, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    @Aneesh DS , this is hilarious, an Indian team supporter asking to other team supporter that why your team didn't win in other country, hahahhahahha, good comedy (world best batting line up 0-10 more to come).

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on February 10, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @ abc3 : Is that why the Indian team played only 2 test matches and 3 ODIs in SA in 2013?

  • on February 10, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    @Albert_cambell Pakistan a quality bowling unit. ha ha ha ha. Then why did they win a test in SA. Why did they loose in Zimbabwe. Why did they loose in Champions Trophy

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on February 10, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    @omarrz: There is a massive difference between the two. India is playing due to scheduling. Pakistan is playing abroad because of the security situation at home. Stop blaming others for your problems mate.

  • humi_cric on February 10, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Just wonder what will be the ranking of BD once they started to play against top sides on foreign soil????? a blessing in disguise OR vice versa.

  • on February 10, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    @Lalindra2012: I'm no fan of SLC, but I do agree with their thinking in this instance. BCB found themselves in a situation where their vote was really valuable to the BCCI. So they took the chance. However how long sighted that decision is another matter. According to the new rules, tournaments are arranged on bilaterell agreements. So what's to prevent BCCI, CA or ECB refusing to come to an agreement. They will not play with anyone in future who will not bring them lots of money.

  • Masking_Tape on February 10, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    BCCI gave BCB a carrot and they gave up their vote for it. They will soon pull the strings once they have the vote. Don't be surprised. They could've gotten lot more than just a carrot for this vote if they played their cards right.

  • on February 10, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    For Sri Lankan fans perhaps u guys forgot india always helped Sri Lanka.in 1996 World Cup no team wants to ply Sri Lanka coz ur enter nal problem . That time team india support u. Before starts the World Cup team india visited there for a friend ship match. To told the other team Lanka is safe for plying.

  • abc3 on February 10, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Shaf Yara --- India shying away from abroad tours? That has to be a joke. Get your facts str8 and don't talk general cliche terms uttered quite often by all anti India fans. India tours to abroad more than any country and it completes its cycle perfectly than any other team. From 2007 to 2013, India has played in Aus twice, Eng twice, WI twice, SL twice, SA three times, NZ twice including this tour, BD once. SA has visited India only once in between the three tours of India. Add current year 2014 and India will complete another cycle of Away tours which will be thrice to most countries mentioned above in last 7 years.

  • on February 10, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Eventually at the end it was SA and BAN who were the eventually winners along with the BIG 3 after the proposal was passed. SA will surely host this year's IPL.

    Its nice that BAN has got these series but still I think if they were to progress and improve they should have asked for some A Tours and U-19 tours as well. Sending BAN A team to India in September for 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, 2 T20s and then to Australia in November this year for about 2 Tests, 5 ODIs could have helped them for the World Cup. Just like SA, AUS, IND and even WI, NZ are sending A teams and U-19 teams for exposure to foreign conditions BAN too can improve.

    Just playing doesn't mark improvement, u gotta take measures to ensure that u make a mark in these matches and not just waste time.

    Even now they could have hosted WI, IRE, SA for a T20 and ODI series which could have helped them prepare for T20 World Cup.

  • Lalindra2012 on February 10, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    These Bangaldeshi's are very capable unlike there counterparts the Sri Lankan Cricket Board. Sri Lankan Cricket all ways talks a lot but implements only very little, and always in the local media heavily criticized. everyone who have the legal means or relevant personnel in or out of SLC say various things, they say going to do this that and in the end no one is accountable, In reality anyone who comes into SLC aren't even capable to handle day to day cricket administration work.When something goes wrong in SLC everyone point fingers at each other. It's high time SLC take a leaf out of BCB and implement the necessary things at least for the survival of the sport in this country.

  • Sumzy on February 10, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    India is most certainly taking care the boards voted for them. Bangladesh should be embarrassed to do this announcement days after voting for India. Don't get surprised if CSA announces that there will be a Ashes like tour every year with India.

  • on February 10, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    @Shaf Yara, you asking Indian team to play abroad? Currently where they look like playing? Sharjah? Then they travel to Eng and for 5 tests, even after getting blanked 0-4 last time. Your theory of not playing overseas goes flat right there. And about IPL, Pak players were part of it. Then happened Mumbai 26/11 and politics took over. We fans loves watching Pak players, BCCI will earn truckloads of money playing against you. But it is not in our or BCCI's hands. It is political and that is very dirty game.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 10, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Is Bd really ready to play test with these big nations ? Most of the current Bd ballers are at the level of part-time ballers of top teams. With these set of ballers Bd would only play for a draw , they are not gonna play for win and that to me is loser mentality. I wish bcb did not sell out to bcci like pakistan and srilanka , rather gave more importance to develop domestic structure in Bangladesh to produce quality ballers so that Bd gets ready to play test soon with the big 3 .

  • on February 10, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    if India play against subcontinental teams, India is bad, flat track bully. If they don't, then they do not want to play neighbors. BCCI has invited so much jealousy, it is not going to go away easily. These things apart, BD in cricket is definitely improving and they need more games. I as an Indian fan, was against BCCI's Big 3 proposal, but now as it has been passed, let us hope that this make cricket better as they promised.

  • stonk on February 10, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Well done BCB. You sold out to the big three and are now being rewarded with tours from India, England and Austeralia. Those countries will probably grind Bangladesh cricket to the ground whereby BCB will be 10th. or lower if you could go any lower and under the new proposals you will have to face an associate country to maintain your test status. And then it could go all wrong for you and you will have to pre-qualify for future ICC tournaments. So well done, you have negotiated yourselves into a black hole.

  • on February 10, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh for getting their first ever Test match tour to India. If I am seeing this right I will be surprised if they get more than 4 Tests in India till 2023. Not sure if there will be any commitment thereafter!

  • mensan on February 10, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    So all Bangladesh managed to gain was 2 additional tours till 2020, one to India in 2016 and other hosting India in 2020. AUS tours are already present in current FTP. The tour of 2021 would have been in next FTP anyway. ENG did not committ any tour.

  • Omarrz on February 10, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Cricket_999: "India is only playing abroad for the entire 2014 my friend, so relax!" - Pakistan has been playing abroad since 2009 and now will play forever since there is no ICC anymore.

  • CricketFever11 on February 10, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    Rohit can make another Double.

  • nikhil_indian_fan on February 10, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Cricket_999 you are spot on. thanks for explaining it in simpler terms. again i repeat to all the pakistani fans that the real reason you guys are against BCCI is because you cant stand the fact that India is the superpower of the cricket world. you guys dnt realize that the present state of your cricket is only because of the current security situtation in your country because of which no team in the world can visit pakistan (we all remember to the sri lankan team) and the over politicisation of your cricket board. as far as IPL yes only pak players are not there and they should not be allowed, again you guys have only your own government to blame but remember while you are cursing BCCI and IPL the rest of the world is enjoying and participating in it.

  • Albert_cambell on February 10, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Bangladeshi batsman have nothing to gain from scoring hundreds against these club level bowlers of Indian team. They should play more games with those quality bowling units like SA,Aus, PAk. Thats how their batsman can improve their technique. But ,I am afraid they will be bundled out for less than 50 If they face these 3 quality sides( Aus, SA and Pak). But anyways I am excited to watch a Test series between these two club sides( India Vs BD). I think BD has a greater chance of winning the series If it is held in BD as Indian team only performs well at home. Good luck to BD from a Saffa.

  • getsetgopk on February 10, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    So this is the price of selling out Bangladesh cricket to the highest bidder. Can't see any thing good in it for the both of them. One is a classic FTB and the other, well the other one is neither, it just had a one time vote. The conditions in both countries are exactly the same, what is BD going to get out of this is a mystery if at all the series ever sees the light of day. BD will now play IR or AFG, lets hope anyone of these two will put them in their righful place, the 11 ranked! There will be no more series after that so enjoy while it lasts.

  • nikhil_indian_fan on February 10, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    Cricket_999 you are spot on. thanks for explaining it in simpler terms. again i repeat to all the pakistani fans that the real reason you guys are against BCCI is because you cant stand the fact that India is the superpower of the cricket world. you guys dnt realize that the present state of your cricket is only because of the current security situtation in your country because of which no team in the world can visit pakistan (we all remember to the sri lankan team) and the over politicisation of your cricket board. as far as IPL yes only pak players are not there and they should not be allowed, again you guys have only your own government to blame but remember while you are cursing BCCI and IPL the rest of the world is enjoying and participating in it.

  • sheru-sher on February 10, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Is BCCI deciding who tours who as per Future TP?

  • bhavesh__j on February 10, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    That's a great news for cricket. Well done, Bangladesh. Hope the tour would help further improve the ties relations between Ind-BD, at board - board level, player - player level and at BD fans - Ind fans level.

  • on February 9, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    India playing away and have lost 2 series so far, what's gonna happen in England and Aus ? We won't witness anything new. This is why India play at home good luck to them but 2014 will be the worse year I believe.

  • on February 9, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    awesome. mini chennai super kings back to being #1...

  • Vikum72 on February 9, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    BCB cannot be blamed for their actions. They are struggling for their survival. However it remains to be seen whether BCCI will honer their commitments. After all it cannot be good business for India to play BD over and over. Remember cricket is not a sport anymore!

  • InsideHedge on February 9, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    Finally, a visit from Bangla to India. It's overdue and you can already see the benefits of the new ICC. Bangla do deserve to play more frequently but they also need to make changes in their domestic set up by playing more first class cricket.

  • avmd on February 9, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    BCB needs India for finacial reason and India needs to play with BD to keep their batsmen's avearge at a respectable level. win win situation.

  • vik56in on February 9, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    This is a way of saying to the BCB " Thank You" ! Ultimately I think it is the SLC the board that will be at a loss.They were getting a series with BCCI every now and then.Lets see how they work out in the future .PCB had nothing to lose anyway by going against the big three !

  • WannaBeRusta on February 9, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    @Cricket_999: Of course we can see India playing away now, and more clearly see how they are faring. FTBullies and you know what that is.

  • WannaBeRusta on February 9, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Two things we need to consider from this 1. What guarantee is there that India will not cancel the tours citing other commitments closer to the tour date as they have done recently with PAK 2. Anyway I strongly feel this is all BD will get for the next 20 years or so for eating BCCI carrot. BD tours are not financial blossoms and will only provide a false sense of security to good teams through high scores and cheap wickets. 3. Never heard anything from ECB or CA on BD tours. It was only BCCI talking for them, which is not going to stand I seriously think they need to play with countries like Ireland and Afghanistan to hone their skills before competing at the highest level. BCCI prematurely gave test status to BCB to get approval for shoddy deals like this and now they are reaping its benefits.

  • jj0685 on February 9, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    To all the Indian supporters who complain about Sanga and Mahela scoring runs against Bangladesh. This is an opportunity for the Indian batsman to get some runs after the disastrous tour of NZ.

  • Rahul17_1983 on February 9, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Actually BCCI helped Bangladesh and Srilanka to gain test status.And it is a lie that pakistan helped them.

  • mark_aus on February 9, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Good for Bangladesh . Between PAK fans stop crying . Bangladesh have all right to play with all nations . First make your country safe and then come back and complain. Don't blame the world for your debacle. I agree that BCCI have been arrogant but they have kept their word . We Aussies are also inviting Bangladesh . The thing is that PAK and SL and SAF want share of pie irrespective of inputs and hard work . I am in for more share by big three because WE bring money . You want us to earn money for you and after that complain and bad mouth us. Forget it. Welcome Bangladesh. Let PAK and SL cry . You are welcome to tour to AUSSIES.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on February 9, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    lmfao... four series in 6 years with india not bad. it will help india to stay on top 3 in the rankings. n 3 series with australia in 7 years wow.. but what about after that n what about ecb?

  • on February 9, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    @Cricket_999 please let me correct the last part of ur comment "India is only LOOSING abroad for all 2014 , so relax"

  • reality_check on February 9, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    India were supposed to play Bangladesh within old FTP for last 14 years but they didn't. I wouldn't count my money if I was Bangladesh fan until I see both teams on the pitch in all whites.

  • canadaaussie on February 9, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    This should help India with their test ranking - heaven knows they need it if the NZ tour and other recent trips abroad are any indication. On a more positive note, more exposure and experience for Bangladesh is a good thing for the future of test cricket.

  • on February 9, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    The carrot, The BCB and the future heart break for Bangladesh ...

  • globalisingcricketzzz on February 9, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    pakistani fans are a bit misleading not all but few as they take credit but dont give it as it was not pakistan who supported bangladesh to test status it was India n please check ur facts before posting.

  • on February 9, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Pakistani cricket fan's opinions against India are not to be taken seriously. The vitriol against BCCI has nothing to do with cricket. Its because of the giant status that BCCI has achieved thats brewing jealousy among Pakistani cricket fans.

  • OceanBreeze on February 9, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    So, by "big teams" he means "rich teams", because I don't see SA on the list being that SA is the number 1 test team in the world?!! England and India are falling on that list. So, playing rich teams will improve B'desh's rating or will it increase the weight of a few pockets?!! Food for thought.

    The truth is, most of these tours will not go through, because BCCI, ECB, and CA have zero intention of playing B'desh. Here's the proof in his own words: "we have not signed on it but have principally agreed" - this means it was just a carrot they dangled to get BCB to vote for the ICC revamp, but most of these tours will NOT happen. When the time comes, BCCI, CA, and ECB will find an excuse not to play B'desh. BCB were duped into voting and this will mean the end of Test cricket for B'desh. RIP Bangladesh Test cricket.

  • Cricket_999 on February 9, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    @Shaf Yara and shahzaibq - Seriously guys??? what makes u think the BCCI doesnt want India to play pakistan or allow Pakistani players for IPL? the revenues that the BCCI would generate from an INDO-PAK series would be way more than what any other series will generate! the issue is not just about sports but stretches way beyond that into the political arena. So Hyprocrisy, would seriously doubt that! Not sure if you remember that the BCCI did allow the FAISALABAD Wolves to participate in the champions league T20 qualifiers but unfortunately, it can't allow Players from Pakistan to play the IPL due to obvious political reasons. As far As Pakistan cricket is concerned, they have only the PCB and the Pakistan National Gov. to blame for it! Even if the ICC clears Pakistan to host matches..will players be willing to tour PAK? and India shying away from playing abroad? India is only playing abroad for the entire 2014 my friend, so relax!

  • Captainman on February 9, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Very good news. Bangladesh did the wise thing for their own future of Cricket and support the big 3 otherwise we would've been stuck. Our talented youngsters like Mominul Haque will have successful and challenging exciting careers now. Many thanks.

  • harishk8006 on February 9, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    All Pakistani fans are blaming India for their failure of promoting cricket in their own country....ahh "kudos" to all these Pakistani fans...GROW UP

  • shahzaibq on February 9, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @nikhil_indian_fan Let me point out some facts that you seem to have overlooked: 1) "the IPL is 1 tournament which is truly global and players from all countries earn because of it" - except Pakistan and the Associates! 2) "my friend look at all the Indian board and India has done for cricket" - India and its public, yes! BCCI, NO! All the Board has done is throw up controversy after controversy, without transparency, or any respect to business ethics, or sports ethics. 3) Supporting someone getting Test Status and helping them by touring are two different things. As Dravid and Kumble have recently said: wear power lightly and responsibly. 4) Just because India commits to something does not mean they'll follow through. For example the tour to South Africa. Had nothing to do with politics but lots to do with HUGE egos!

  • on February 9, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    @nikhil_indian_fan: Pak introduced the world to reverse swing, the doosra, the approach to batting in the last 10 overs of ODIs, death bowling, the 1st to suggest neutral umpires & the 1st to develop future teams by blending youth & experience.

    Pak were actually the first to support BOTH SL & Bangladesh into the test arena. They have led the way into giving teams like Scotland, Ireland & Afghanistan exposure so that they may be accepted as full ODI members as well as the possibility of test status in future.

    U ask what else could India do apart from bringing money into the game? How about not shy away from playing abroad and not ignore the teams that need help developing, in order to truly make Cricket a global sport. Of course Pak fans should be annoyed at BCCI controlling cricket. They don't allow Pak players in the IPL but they allow Pak umpires, commentators & bowling coaches? Hypocrisy! They don't play Pak in bilateral series but they play them in ICC events? Hypocrisy!

  • on February 9, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    1 thing if some one can explain. 3 of these 4 tours were already in the old ftp. so its only 1 new series which will be BD tour to india. or the previous ftp does not have tests in it?

  • on February 9, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Pakistanis are slagging off BCB for supporting BIG 3 but BCB only have done what is best for them. As a team Bangladesh have improved and the problem they have that they don't get to play as many test as other. Now they can make deal with the top teams to play more test & improve their position in ranking so what is wrong with it? Pakistani fans are just jealous that BCCI got supports from most of the cricket board. Truth is with this deal every single cricket board will be benefited and it will allow them to make more improvement so I dont see why they shouldn't accept it.

  • nikhil_indian_fan on February 9, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Ayaz khan i think your problem is ( as with most Pakistan fans) you don't like the fact that India is the superpower of the cricketing world. your stance is that 'whatever India does must be wrong' . my friend look at all the the Indian board and India has done for cricket, we have made cricket a commercial success, the IPL is 1 tournament which is truly global and players from all countries earn because of it. India was 1 of the first full member countries to support full test cricket for Bangladesh i don't see how we could have helped more. as far as the tours between India and Pakistan we all know that they are cancelled because of political reason and BCCI has no control over it.

  • anupkeni on February 9, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Team India is now going to prepare for the England tour where they will play their first test starting 9 July 2014 by touring Bangladesh in June 2014. The England team after their Ashes whitewash will be raring to demolish Team India on their home turf. Touring Bangladesh before touring England is probably the worst way to prepare for the England tour. It seems the BCCI has not learnt any lessons from the humiliation suffered by Team India in their last four overseas tours.

  • rsmehdihasan on February 9, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    I will request our BCB officials , do not think about only more test. More test in foreign soil and with top rank teams mean more challenge and difficulties. So be prepare and make our batsman to be prepare for those conditions. Our batsman needs to prepare themselves in difficult bounce and spin pitches where a hard fort fight can earn them a glorious century. Playing shots easily in lower flat wickets are always easy and little pressure and easy to score. So make first class pitches the hardest one for scoring and let them practice with those conditions. Then whatever the situations and conditions, our batsman would be ready for those unusual conditions or great spell by a better bowlers.

  • Cricksajjad on February 9, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Great deal by BCB BUCK UP BCB your principal of smart deals shows your character and vision for future of cricket.

  • on February 9, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    This really resolution has helped Bangladesh in vast amounts and its great to see us play India. Hope ECB play Bangladesh soon!

  • on February 9, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    it will be interesting to see if bcci honours its commitments with bcb they have already terminated 3 tours to pak since 2007. as far as the stance of pak and sl is concerned kudos to them why should they be understudy to any nation great work and congratulations to sl fans and pak fans guys we have stood firm on principles as far as indian fans our concerned i would just say good reforms for u guys but just emphatize and think about others will u guys really be just with other nations look at what u have done with pak or south africa.

  • Farooq3 on February 9, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Good for India as well- as a team they will also improve by playing BD every year :o)

  • soumyas on February 9, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    will it help India to reach lost No.1 rank ?

  • reyme on February 9, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Forward looking steps in the right direction. Well done BCB!

  • Gunston on February 9, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    See? Now the Indian bats can have and maintain their uber averages as they please....funny how the world works. Pretty grim...

  • stormy16 on February 9, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    I am happy for Bangladesh but sad for cricket! BCCI have only agreed to this because the BCB voted with the BCCI. What happned to non-economically viable tours, BCB was after all a non-viable entity all this time. Unfortunatley this is blatantly ugly by the BCCI and not sport.

  • on February 9, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Once upon a time in the future these matches are going to take place. I hope I'll be alive to see something good happening to BD cricket.

  • saymon1 on February 9, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Very good move by BCB , glad to see BD is going to play more TEST's matches against big nation.

  • vish2020 on February 9, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    And this is how bangla will succeed thanks to India. And they should for putting their hand forward when India needed it. I hope in India's tight schedule there is no room for SLC and PCB. Their fans can keep calling their team better I just don't want these teams to make money from India games because they never stand with India

  • asiacricket1234 on February 9, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Thanks BCB for your hard work. Yes Bangladesh need to play more test and if we can play 50 test in next 6 year that will be a great achievement.May Allah Bless us and hope our team will start winning test. We may not be able to beat stronger teams but the teams that are just above us in ranking I'm sure we can win against them. The best way for us is to play as many test as possible without big gaps. In recent time we managed to draw test against top team which is a clear sign of improvement. Hope our boys will carry on the good work

  • on February 9, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    good for BCB. they will still miss many test matches as written in article but still some improvement and it will help them in longer run. BD seriously need more games. especially test matches against big teams.

  • British_North_America on February 9, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Simply one word-WOW..............................................

  • on February 9, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    I was angry at first but it seems this will actually help Bangladesh Cricket. Good Job Mr. Papon.

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  • on February 9, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    I was angry at first but it seems this will actually help Bangladesh Cricket. Good Job Mr. Papon.

  • British_North_America on February 9, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Simply one word-WOW..............................................

  • on February 9, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    good for BCB. they will still miss many test matches as written in article but still some improvement and it will help them in longer run. BD seriously need more games. especially test matches against big teams.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 9, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Thanks BCB for your hard work. Yes Bangladesh need to play more test and if we can play 50 test in next 6 year that will be a great achievement.May Allah Bless us and hope our team will start winning test. We may not be able to beat stronger teams but the teams that are just above us in ranking I'm sure we can win against them. The best way for us is to play as many test as possible without big gaps. In recent time we managed to draw test against top team which is a clear sign of improvement. Hope our boys will carry on the good work

  • vish2020 on February 9, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    And this is how bangla will succeed thanks to India. And they should for putting their hand forward when India needed it. I hope in India's tight schedule there is no room for SLC and PCB. Their fans can keep calling their team better I just don't want these teams to make money from India games because they never stand with India

  • saymon1 on February 9, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Very good move by BCB , glad to see BD is going to play more TEST's matches against big nation.

  • on February 9, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Once upon a time in the future these matches are going to take place. I hope I'll be alive to see something good happening to BD cricket.

  • stormy16 on February 9, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    I am happy for Bangladesh but sad for cricket! BCCI have only agreed to this because the BCB voted with the BCCI. What happned to non-economically viable tours, BCB was after all a non-viable entity all this time. Unfortunatley this is blatantly ugly by the BCCI and not sport.

  • Gunston on February 9, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    See? Now the Indian bats can have and maintain their uber averages as they please....funny how the world works. Pretty grim...

  • reyme on February 9, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Forward looking steps in the right direction. Well done BCB!