Although the full schedule has not been finalized yet, the probable venues for the Test series has been decided. It is known that the two-Test series between Bangladesh and Australia will be held in Dhaka and Chittagong.
The first Test of the two-match series may be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has already ordered the grounds committee to prepare the venue.
However, the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium at Fatullah is being prepared as an alternative of Mirpur. If the repair work of Mirpur will not be completed within the prescribed time, two teams will face each other in Fatullah.
The second and final Test will be held at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. In this context, BCB’s grounds and facilities manager Syed Abdul Baten said, “Mirpur Stadium will be ready before the series with Australia on August. But some of the last works may have to be left. We have started preparing the ground as soon as possible.”
Earlier, Ricky Ponting’s team played two Tests in Fatullah and Chittagong in the last Bangladesh tour on 2006.
Aussies, who was scheduled to visit Bangladesh on October 2015, suspended the tour due to security precautions. But now, Cricket Australia has expressed their satisfaction over the security measures, said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
He also reckoned, “Australia has agreed to play in our country. They will come to Bangladesh before Eid-ul-Azha. During the series the first Test might occur before Eid and the other after Eid. Australian Cricket Board chief Shon Carroll submitted a report of satisfaction about the security arrangement. We are hopeful about the series after the feedback will come.”
When BCB CEO was asked about the nature of security to be given to Australian team, he said, “A total security plan will be given to the respective board before the series. Furthermore Carroll visited the venue and the hotel when he came. He also spoke with the senior officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. We assured them to provide the kind of security which we gave to England national team when they arrived. And he reassured us about the visit of Australia this time.”
Nazmul Islam Sharkar