Bangladesh news October 16, 2015

BCB to substitute limited-overs games for Zimbabwe Tests

Nazmul Hassan: 'Zimbabwe have confirmed they are coming. It will be ODIs and T20s' © BCB

Zimbabwe will play ODIs and T20s against Bangladesh in November, according to BCB president Nazmul Hassan, instead of the two Tests announced last week.

"It has been decided [on the sidelines of the ICC meeting] that Zimbabwe will fill up the slot that opened up due to Australia's postponement," Hassan said. "We have to finish the series by November 18 or 19. They have to come by the first week of November. Zimbabwe have confirmed they are coming. It will be ODIs and T20s. There will be four to five matches, though that hasn't been decided."

The Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series was originally scheduled for January 2016, when the sides were supposed to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20s. But after Australia postponed their tour earlier this month, the BCB contacted ZC to bring forward the tour to early November. And with the Bangladesh Premier League set to start on November 22, the window for the series is about three weeks. ODIs and T20s would better fit that window, some in the BCB believed, hence the change in plans.

Hassan also said that Cricket Australia have committed to playing in Bangladesh in the near future, even if it is during a tour to India or Sri Lanka. The two Tests could likely be shifted to late 2016 or sometime in 2017.

"Australia regretted the postponement repeatedly, at one point in front of everyone. They postponed because the Italian national was killed. When everyone started saying IS was involved, they became worried.

"But they said they will make it up to us. The problem is, they have a very busy schedule. They can't come to play a Test before the end of 2016 or in 2017. They confirmed this in front of everyone. In addition, they said when they will tour India or Sri Lanka, they will play a couple of matches in Bangladesh to show that they want to come."

Hassan added that Cricket South Africa have asked the BCB to send over fresh schedule for the women's tour that was also postponed earlier this month. "Cricket South Africa told us that they will send the women's team. They have asked for a new schedule, which we sent yesterday. They will let us know soon."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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