Bangladesh news February 9, 2014

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


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

  • android_user on February 11, 2014, 2:21 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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

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