ICC revamp February 8, 2014

BCB confident of securing series with Big Three

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is confident of securing home-and-away bilateral series against India, England and Australia for the next two years after the ICC Board meeting in Singapore. The only downside for the BCB from the meeting is the the introduction of a play-off match between the current bottom-ranked Test side and the next Intercontinental Cup champions.

"Negotiations are ongoing so it is quite early to say what we have gained in total," a BCB official, requesting anonymity, said. "Most of the negotiations are going on with the BCCI, Cricket Australia and the ECB. Otherwise, there was no problem for Bangladesh heading into the meeting as the Test status had been secured in the earlier ICC meeting in Dubai.

"Bangladesh will play according to the current FTP schedule, but with bilateral agreements in place. We will get more cricket for sure, and that will reflect in the next two years."

After returning from the last meeting, BCB president Nazmul Hassan had spoken about how he had decided to go with the majority if Bangladesh's problems were removed from the "position paper". The updated proposal does not contain the two-tier system, further enhancing Bangladesh's support for the Big Three.

Bangladesh toured Australia in 2003 for two Tests and three ODIs and played only three ODIs on their 2008 visit. The two sides last met in a Test match in 2006 in Bangladesh. With the 2015 World Cup a year away, BCB will look to fit in a tour to Australia this year.

Bangladesh's last Test series against India was in 2010 and the side have never toured India. A slot for an India series in 2016 is being discussed, but it has not yet been confirmed. Against England, Bangladesh last played a home-and-away series in 2010 but were not scheduled to tour England, or India, until 2020.

The play-off match against the next Intercontinental Cup winner is the only issue of discontent for Bangladesh. The Intercontinental Cup is likely to begin after World Cup 2015, and end by 2017. The cut-off date to decide which Full Member will feature in the play-off matches is yet to be decided.

According to the BCB official, the play-offs may be in the form of four five-day matches, which may be given first-class status. If the Test-playing nation wins, the Intercontinental Cup winner will not qualify as the eleventh Test nation. If the Associate country wins, however, the incumbent Test-playing nation will have 5% deducted from its ICC-generated revenue.

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

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  • Udendra on February 10, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Yes, only for a couple of years. After that no one would want to see BAN getting thrashed and guess what would happen?

  • OceanBreeze on February 10, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    His statement on Jan. 31 said, "they'll have the tours agreement signed by Feb. 8". Now, he says "negotiations are ongoing so it is quite early to say what we have gained in total". BCB was duped into voting for the ICC revamp. You can't trust ICC, especially BCCI. If they didn't play with B'desh during FTP, why would they play in the future. The so-called Big-3 will find some excuse not to play B'desh and nor will any of their traditional supporters, like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. B'desh will, for all intents and purposes, end-up at the end of the list with countries like Ireland, Afghanistan, and Scotland go past them. RIP B'desh cricket. Poor decision by BCB as they'll end up with nothing.

  • on February 10, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    boycott all big 3 matches... it wont revoke the revamp, but atleast it will send a message to the ICC

  • Warm_Coffee on February 9, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Are you for real? you talk about no crowd will show up in India okay but there were hardly much crowd when minnow India toured South Africa and New Zealand currently. Virtually empty seats for their test games. Biggest myth out there right now that so called minnows are the only ones that don't bring in crowd so nice try lol

  • Warm_Coffee on February 9, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Although I don't agree with these radical proposals. But for Bangladesh's Cricket sake, they did the sensible thing and that's all we can do. A NO and I doubt anybody would side with Bangladesh Cricket so no really no complaints from me. As for series, yes it would be nice to have series against the likes of England and Australia but I wouldn't be too greedy and ask for a i.e. test series IN Australia and England because do we really stand a chance there? obviously not. Can you imagine Mitchell Johnson with his pace at our batsman? realistically for now, ODIs and T20 games would be a sensible and best step against these teams so our players confidence levels are not shattered and can gain good experience.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 9, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    All those people who has been saying that BCB should have said no to BIG 3 do they even understand the consequences we had to face if BCB have said no? CSA, PCB, SLC none of these boards had anything against 2 tire system & just like CSA did a U-Turn 1 of the other 2 would have done the same & we'd have lost our test status if we said no . even if we didn't lose it the BIG 3 could have influence others not to play test with us. How were we suppose to survive without any international matches? Now even if we dont play with BIG 3 we can still play with others. In fact now we can have more test than usual as in current FTP there were few test for us & Big team often made excuse & skipped series against us but now we can arrange test series ourselves. So what have BCB done wrong? Not like they are the only 1 who supported. I understand lot of my fellow Bangladeshi cant stand India but just because of that you shouldn't ignore the positive outcome that we are gonna get from this decision.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 9, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Did they sign the "Members Participation Agreement" or not?

    If not, then BCB is only fooling itself and us countrymen. Its time to get it back what BCB had thrown at the face of PCB after committing to visit Pakistan...

    We don't have to wait long though. History will tell if Bangladesh has never meant to belong, it was not for Mominuls or Shakibs or Mushfiqs or us Bangladeshi fans but for the BCB...

  • banglafan on February 9, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    I think the Ind, Aus or Eng (I would hate to call them the Big Three !) have been let off the hook as now they are not bound to host / tour Bangladesh under an FTP. BCB can rest assured that we will continue to play tests only with WI, SL, NZ, Pak and Zimbabwe, and South africa occasionally.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 9, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Going through all the comments it seems that Pak fans are furious about everything we do haha. Shouldn't they be more worried about their own team thats getting out under 100 frequently or their own cricket board that can't even get cricket back in their country?

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Well Big three might play a series in near future with BD. But big question is will they play frequently ? Probably not because it won't generate much revenue to big three. So considering this BD did wrong voting in favour of big three and with playoffs BD might loose test status too.

  • Udendra on February 10, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Yes, only for a couple of years. After that no one would want to see BAN getting thrashed and guess what would happen?

  • OceanBreeze on February 10, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    His statement on Jan. 31 said, "they'll have the tours agreement signed by Feb. 8". Now, he says "negotiations are ongoing so it is quite early to say what we have gained in total". BCB was duped into voting for the ICC revamp. You can't trust ICC, especially BCCI. If they didn't play with B'desh during FTP, why would they play in the future. The so-called Big-3 will find some excuse not to play B'desh and nor will any of their traditional supporters, like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. B'desh will, for all intents and purposes, end-up at the end of the list with countries like Ireland, Afghanistan, and Scotland go past them. RIP B'desh cricket. Poor decision by BCB as they'll end up with nothing.

  • on February 10, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    boycott all big 3 matches... it wont revoke the revamp, but atleast it will send a message to the ICC

  • Warm_Coffee on February 9, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: Are you for real? you talk about no crowd will show up in India okay but there were hardly much crowd when minnow India toured South Africa and New Zealand currently. Virtually empty seats for their test games. Biggest myth out there right now that so called minnows are the only ones that don't bring in crowd so nice try lol

  • Warm_Coffee on February 9, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Although I don't agree with these radical proposals. But for Bangladesh's Cricket sake, they did the sensible thing and that's all we can do. A NO and I doubt anybody would side with Bangladesh Cricket so no really no complaints from me. As for series, yes it would be nice to have series against the likes of England and Australia but I wouldn't be too greedy and ask for a i.e. test series IN Australia and England because do we really stand a chance there? obviously not. Can you imagine Mitchell Johnson with his pace at our batsman? realistically for now, ODIs and T20 games would be a sensible and best step against these teams so our players confidence levels are not shattered and can gain good experience.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 9, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    All those people who has been saying that BCB should have said no to BIG 3 do they even understand the consequences we had to face if BCB have said no? CSA, PCB, SLC none of these boards had anything against 2 tire system & just like CSA did a U-Turn 1 of the other 2 would have done the same & we'd have lost our test status if we said no . even if we didn't lose it the BIG 3 could have influence others not to play test with us. How were we suppose to survive without any international matches? Now even if we dont play with BIG 3 we can still play with others. In fact now we can have more test than usual as in current FTP there were few test for us & Big team often made excuse & skipped series against us but now we can arrange test series ourselves. So what have BCB done wrong? Not like they are the only 1 who supported. I understand lot of my fellow Bangladeshi cant stand India but just because of that you shouldn't ignore the positive outcome that we are gonna get from this decision.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 9, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Did they sign the "Members Participation Agreement" or not?

    If not, then BCB is only fooling itself and us countrymen. Its time to get it back what BCB had thrown at the face of PCB after committing to visit Pakistan...

    We don't have to wait long though. History will tell if Bangladesh has never meant to belong, it was not for Mominuls or Shakibs or Mushfiqs or us Bangladeshi fans but for the BCB...

  • banglafan on February 9, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    I think the Ind, Aus or Eng (I would hate to call them the Big Three !) have been let off the hook as now they are not bound to host / tour Bangladesh under an FTP. BCB can rest assured that we will continue to play tests only with WI, SL, NZ, Pak and Zimbabwe, and South africa occasionally.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 9, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Going through all the comments it seems that Pak fans are furious about everything we do haha. Shouldn't they be more worried about their own team thats getting out under 100 frequently or their own cricket board that can't even get cricket back in their country?

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Well Big three might play a series in near future with BD. But big question is will they play frequently ? Probably not because it won't generate much revenue to big three. So considering this BD did wrong voting in favour of big three and with playoffs BD might loose test status too.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    very poor decision taken by icc.

  • shan_abc on February 9, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Bangladesh will be disappointed big time. IPL will now take a large window, with the financial interests coming forward. Then their Ashes series between Aus and Eng. In the rest of the months available, there are only so many series that IND (and other two also) will be able to play without injuring their players. Bangladesh will most probably get second tier teams from these countries (which doesn't contradict what they promised) playing against them.

  • on February 9, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    An opportunity to test the bench strength and some money n experience for BD

  • KiwiRocker- on February 9, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    It simply makes no sense to me that why B'desh will support likes of BCCI. India has never allowed B'desh to visit India as B'desh is a minnow team and India knows that no one will come in stadium to watch them. Australia gave them couple of tests in some random places like Canberra etc. This is actually a huge blow to B'desh cricket. B'desh is on bottom of test ladder and will always be there as their players do not seem to be improving. Afghanistan is most likely going to face B'desh as intercontinental cup and Afghan team is getting a huge help from likes of PCB with Afghan players getting matches against Pakistan's various team. Afhanistan will thrash B'desh and then B'desh will not only lose its revenue but also will not get any more series against the so called Big.3....B'desh board has always chosen BCCI over PCB except in early few years of B'desh gaining test status. It never makes any sense as PCB actually was most supportive board for B'desh to gain test status..

  • Fogu on February 9, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    I think BCB should have joined PCB, SLC and CSA to block this proposal in the larger interest of the game. This was a shortsighted decision and will hurt cricket in the long run. These three boards have everyone at their mercy now. Unfortunately BCB got strong armed with the threat of test status removal. Very poor decision.

  • Lakpj on February 9, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Even when there was the FTP India, England and Australia never gave a fair chance to Bangladesh apart from one tour once a moon light. It must be a joke to think that they would now consider them seriously after having the majority of the revenue and the decision making power of ICC. I have a feeling that BCB as well their fans are going to get dissapointed big time.

  • Greatest_Game on February 9, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    Veville Chamberlain was confident that he had secured "Peace in our time." We all know how well that went! Appeasement has never proven to procure agreements that stand up to the test of time.

  • fzsTrio on February 8, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Take BCB test status. Shame!

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    This will be the ONLY time you play them! That will be it Period. Thanks for your vote!

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    would like to know how many series these big 3 have played with BD and how many were in the past ftp . BCB should sign some guarantee from these3 in this regard. smaller teams need to play more to develop more.

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Considering the fanbase and cricket craze BD deserves more international cricket. I think it should be treated as regular test playing nation. Over a period they will mature. Srilankan team is prime example of this. BCCI should offer them a proper 3 test and 3 ODI and 2 T20 tour of India.

  • FawltyBean on February 8, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    BCB in the going to be disappointed ...

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 8, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @Zia Hassan: Fair enough. But it's better to give them a chance. At least they can earn some money in that regard. But in order to beat the Big 3, Bangladesh need to work very hard on their game.

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Australia will blow away Bangladesh in Australia but it will be interesting when Australia play Bangladesh in Bangladesh

  • huffpost on February 8, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @reyme...I just checked the stats from jan 2012 to now as you wanted and BD is still ranked 10..They just wone one test in this period and have the worst record of all test playing nations..from start of 2012, BD played 10 test matches, won only one ,lost 5 and drew 4 tests...this is the worst record among all test nations..

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    if you win a single test against any of them i will eat my words bowing down to the big bullies you not even good enough to play against zimbabawe really disapointed by BCB

  • reyme on February 8, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I think current Test ranking and rating is too old. It must be reset from zero. If it was reset from 2012 or 2013 BD definitely will rank within 8. So BCB should pursue ICC to have a reset in test ranking.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 8, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    I would be happy if this is the case. But then again, the ICC have never been truthful in their practices and this could well go down the drain and forgotten. Test championship anyone ?

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  • Cpt.Meanster on February 8, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    I would be happy if this is the case. But then again, the ICC have never been truthful in their practices and this could well go down the drain and forgotten. Test championship anyone ?

  • reyme on February 8, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I think current Test ranking and rating is too old. It must be reset from zero. If it was reset from 2012 or 2013 BD definitely will rank within 8. So BCB should pursue ICC to have a reset in test ranking.

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    if you win a single test against any of them i will eat my words bowing down to the big bullies you not even good enough to play against zimbabawe really disapointed by BCB

  • huffpost on February 8, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @reyme...I just checked the stats from jan 2012 to now as you wanted and BD is still ranked 10..They just wone one test in this period and have the worst record of all test playing nations..from start of 2012, BD played 10 test matches, won only one ,lost 5 and drew 4 tests...this is the worst record among all test nations..

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Australia will blow away Bangladesh in Australia but it will be interesting when Australia play Bangladesh in Bangladesh

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 8, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @Zia Hassan: Fair enough. But it's better to give them a chance. At least they can earn some money in that regard. But in order to beat the Big 3, Bangladesh need to work very hard on their game.

  • FawltyBean on February 8, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    BCB in the going to be disappointed ...

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Considering the fanbase and cricket craze BD deserves more international cricket. I think it should be treated as regular test playing nation. Over a period they will mature. Srilankan team is prime example of this. BCCI should offer them a proper 3 test and 3 ODI and 2 T20 tour of India.

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    would like to know how many series these big 3 have played with BD and how many were in the past ftp . BCB should sign some guarantee from these3 in this regard. smaller teams need to play more to develop more.

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    This will be the ONLY time you play them! That will be it Period. Thanks for your vote!