Cricket Australia has confirmed that Australia’s Bangladesh T20 International Tour will extend preparations for the ICCT 20 World Cup in October and November, following the current Caribbean White Ball Tour.
The tour has been debated for some time, but confirmation will take place in the middle of a three-game One Day International series against the West Indies.
Australia will go straight from Barbados to Bangladesh and play five T20Is at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka from August 3-9.
Bangladesh is in the midst of an eight-day suspension of the strict Covid-19 blockade, which the government allows to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.
There is concern that suspension can lead to a surge in coronavirus delta mutants.
However, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley has confirmed that satisfactory biosecurity measures are in place.
All but two teams were fully vaccinated before traveling to the Caribbean and their players were expected to receive shots before arriving in Bangladesh.
“Thanks to a friend of the Bangladesh Cricket Commission for developing a detailed biosecurity plan to keep players, staff and players safe,” said Hockley.
“Both boards have worked very hard to do everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on the tour.
“We look forward to a competitive and entertaining series in Dhaka as both teams continue to prepare for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year.”
“BCB and Cricket Australia have worked tirelessly to confirm the itinerary,” BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said in a statement.
“Of course, this was a COVID-19 pandemic challenge, because ensuring health safety and security is a priority prerequisite for hosting a cricket series in these times.
“We are pleased to have a comprehensive biosecurity plan in place to protect the players and staff of the two teams and the people involved in the match during the tour.”
Australia and Bangladesh have only played four times in T20 format. All this was done during the World Cup.
Australia last toured the country in 2017, with two tests.
The five T20s are Australia’s only scheduled match before the World Cup in the UAE and Oman, following the disappointing 4-1 Series defeat to the West Indies.
Due to the Bangladesh leg of the winter tour, no additional players will join the team currently in the Caribbean.
After the third ODI against the West Indies on Sunday, the team will leave for Dhaka.
Cricket Australia finally finds out more about Bangladesh’s Men’s T20 Tour
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