While Pakistan’s decision to call of their scheduled tour to Bangladesh later this year is now the talk of the town, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon, who is now in Dubai to attend the ICC meeting, has given a good news that the Cricket Australia (CA) chief David Peever has confirmed him about Australia’s two-match Test series against Bangladesh in August. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বাংলাদেশ সফর নিশ্চিত করেছেন সিএ চেয়ারম্যান]
“Cricket Australia’s chairman has confirmed me that they are sending team to Bangladesh in August as per scheduled for the two-match Test series. He too will come to pay a visit to Bangladesh with his wife during that time,” said Papon. [Read also: Papon shocked at Pakistan tour cancellation]
Papon also hinted that he would officially reveal the series schedule once he is back in Bangladesh. The two Tests are likely to be held before and after the Eid-ul-Azha festival in Chittagong and Fatullah respectively.
Australia postponed their Test tour in October 2015 after receiving advice from the Australian government that there were “high risks” if they went ahead with the tour, and Australia also did not send a team to the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in early 2016.
At the time that the Test tour was postponed, the Australian government’s official travel warning stated that there was “reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian interests in Bangladesh”. The wording of the official advice is now different, with a more general warning that militants may be planning to target “Western interests” rather than “Australian interests” specifically.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com