Bangladesh news July 8, 2014

New FTP eases Bangladesh concerns


Bangladesh are likely to play 64 Test matches in the period between October this year and December 2022, according to the latest version of the 2015-2023 FTP which has been seen by ESPNcricinfo. The list includes eight three-Test series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand. They are also likely to play 90-plus ODIs and 27 T20s in bilateral series, apart from various tri-series and ICC tournaments.

The BCB are quietly satisfied with the latest version of the FTP, though more series can be added after they sign the bilateral agreements in the next ICC Board meeting in October this year. When the deals are completed, it should assuage the Bangladesh cricketers who were worried about their Test future last January.

Bangladesh's maiden tour to India has been slated for August 2016 while India are likely to visit in 2015 and 2020. Australia could tour Bangladesh to play Tests in October 2015 and February 2020 while they are likely to host them in two Tests and three ODIs in August 2017. However, only England are not pencilled to host Bangladesh during this period although they are scheduled to tour Bangladesh four times. BCB president Nazmul Hasan had earlier in February confirmed many of these tours, having signed agreements with these three boards.

Among the three-Test tours, five will be at home, two in Zimbabwe and one in New Zealand. So far in their Test history, Bangladesh have played only two three-match Test series - against Pakistan in 2003 and Sri Lanka in 2007.

The first of these three-match series is to be held later this year when Bangladesh host Zimbabwe in October and November. In total, Bangladesh will play Zimbabwe in six such series but the highest number of series is against New Zealand - seven. Bangladesh will host New Zealand three times while they are scheduled to tour New Zealand in 2016-17, 2019, 2021 and 2022-23. The least number of series are against South Africa and Pakistan, with Bangladesh playing them twice each during this cycle.

Member nations have been told to sign their bilateral agreements by the next ICC Board meeting in October in order to firmly establish that FTP is both "binding and bankable".

Bangladesh have played 83 Tests so far, hosting slightly more than half of those.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Khondker S on July 13, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    BD needs to play well against all teams and try to improve ranking and status...

  • Farhan on July 11, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    @StevieS: You kinda sound like you are afraid of losing to BD. Have some faith in your team man lol

  • Garry on July 11, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Why on earth do we (New Zealand) have to keep playing tests against them? Gezzz we play them enough as it is and it is always a no win situation, we win and wow we beat Bangladesh, no big deal but if we lose a tests match, which hasn't happened yet then it would be embarrassing. Australia hasn't even played one test against them.

  • Garry on July 11, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Baundele this article is talking about test matches, Bangladesh have never beaten New Zealand in a test series or even one single test.

  • Amir on July 9, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Good one, Jama :) The increased number of tests will help but BCB needs to address the issue of infrastructure and FC tournaments. We need a strong player development process so that we can feed the national team with quality players who will push the current crop pf cricketers. Go Tigers!

  • Farhan on July 9, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Good to know that we are gonna play around 8 test every year. We needed it. I know some genius here saying that we have not done well in test. It seems last 6 month made everyone forget what we have done in last 2 years. We managed to draw a test against SL who are one of the best test team in the world alos drew series again NZ. These are not great performance but definitely lot better than before. Hopefully our boys will get back their form and start winning test at home now. I know we are not good enough to beat the top teams but Im sure we can beat the team who are just above us in ranking. Good Luck to Bangladesh Team.

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    No SL also, discuss with SLC. they help u to all hard moment. big support @ WC / Asia cup & gave lots of tests. now u may ask them to more test

  • Baundule on July 9, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    @TMSyed, Shakib will return hungrier only after 6 months. However, Bangladesh is, in fact, not that dependent on any single player. In the past 6/7 series, we have won against NZ, WI, and drew against SL without Shakib.

  • Baundule on July 9, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    I whole-heartedly thank BCB for their diplomatic effort at a very tough time for world cricket. Kudos to Papon and Co.

  • jason on July 9, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Bangladesh just needs 2 good openers, 3 good middle order batsmen, a good keeper and 4 good bowlers and they would start winning.

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