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Confusion over Bangladesh's Zimbabwe tour dates

Mohammad Isam

April 17, 2012

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Elton Chigumbura played some big shots, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Harare, August 16, 2011
Bangladesh were supposed to play two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 during the tour © Associated Press
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Bangladesh's proposed tour of Zimbabwe in August has been delayed by the relaying of pitches in Harare and Bulawayo, but there's confusion over the length of the delay.

Zimbabwe Cricket wanted to postpone the tour to October but the Bangladesh Cricket Board is against playing at that time because it would clash with the domestic season and the staging of the newly formed National Cricket League.

"They (Zimbabwe) have informed us that neither of their grounds is prepared so it won't be possible in August," Enayet Hossain Siraj, the BCB's chairman of the cricket operations committee, told the Dhaka paper Daily Star. "They proposed a tour in October but it won't be possible because we will have our domestic season at the time. So we agree to hold it in April 2013."

However, Zimbabwe are yet to confirm if the series will indeed take place next year.

"We have requested (the BCB) that the series be moved to October from August," Ozias Bvute, ZC's managing director, told ESPNcricinfo. "This is because we want to work on our wickets and squares in Harare and Bulawayo; they have been very flat over the last few years so we want to make them livelier. We were supposed to do this work earlier but because South Africa are visiting for five T20s in June, we can only do it later."

Bangladesh were scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 during the tour. In the coming months, they will tour Europe to play Ireland in a four-day game, three one-dayers and two Twenty20 games. There is also a possibility of matches against Netherlands and Scotland during the tour.

Their immediate tour is to Pakistan, for an ODI and Twenty20 later this month. With less than two weeks left for the first game on April 29, the team hasn't started training yet, though its been a hastily arranged tour. The more pressing matter, however, is whether Bangladesh will be given a schedule to train. Siraj said the committee is waiting for the ICC's assessment report. "We have discussed the issue but we will wait for the ICC to let the board know about the progress," he said.

Meanwhile, the BCB has been invited to send a team to Trinidad & Tobago for a tournament commemorating the island's Independence Day in August. The winners will get $20,000 and the organisers will bear all expenses. A BCB XI could be sent, it was learned.

(Additional reporting by Firdose Moonda)

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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Posted by grahaam on (April 20, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

I agree and maybe Zim should explore that route , however I think that for some reason Zim are trying to avoid test cricket , and will lose more young talent because of this , with Ireland, Namibia and Afgan playing lots and improving , I can Zim soon being replaced and their status down graded to ICC championship level ....

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Maybe Zim should go and play in Bangladesh and in Pakistan instead whilst the pitches are being improved. Would provide some decent experience and exposure and they need it after the New Zealand disaster. Can't always play at home, boring.

Posted by grahaam on (April 19, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Does anyone else feel there is something not right with this situation? I t just does not add up that Zim who are supposedly desperate for test cricket schedule there pith development this way....things do not add up...

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (April 18, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

i wonder who will watch this series..hmmmm.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

like yr comment murale they shld be call cats not tiger . tiger word dont suits dis team

Posted by Sarfin on (April 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Invite them here in August. Send the Tigers to Zim in April 2013. Is it possible? Mirpur and Chittagong are ready. Both these teams need more Tests

Posted by Dashgar on (April 18, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

Terrible, T20 cricket getting in the way of Test cricket. Can't the T20 games be moved to different venues or that tour be delayed?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (April 18, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Why they Ask Zim to tour us and we tour them later some time. Both of this team need to play more matches specially tests. In October BD want to host some tournament which will include 2 other teams may be thats why they dont wanna tour Zim during that time

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (April 18, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

No wonder to see BCB wanna tour April 2013. When Law was appointed as BD coach , his team failed to win only Test match & lost ODI series at 2-3 margin. So they won't send their team there as it'll b again their 1st tour after new coach after Law. They believed that lack of understanding between Coach & Team was the reason behind that tour. Later cricketers adjusted with Law & they performed well against WI & in Asia Cup. Most time BD team got a set back with the appointment of a new coach. So they don't wanna visit there with new Head Coach. And they will visit there 8 months later when they'll have develop their relations with new coach after playing few home series against WI, Ind, SL.

Posted by murale on (April 18, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

I wonder why they call Bangladesh Cricket Team as Tigers.....should be cats

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