The much talked about pay dispute between Cricket Australia(CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association(ACA) is finally heading towards a conclusion. Which means Australia’s scheduled tour to Bangladesh in August is back on. Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB)’s CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury has expressed his relief and excitement after hearing the news. He also assured the media that Bangladesh is ready to host the Australia Test side.
“Ofcourse it’s a great news for Bangladesh cricket,” Chowdhury said.“We wanted the dispute to be resolved and its not only good for Australian cricket but also for world cricket.Since Australia’s next FTP (Future Tour Program) was against Bangladesh, we are very happy and we are ready to welcome the Australian cricket team.”
The series has faced a lot of adversaries. The series was first scheduled to happen in 2015, but was canceled because of security concerns. And this time around the pay dispute between the Australian players and their cricket board became the main obstacle for the series. But with this lengthy and bitter pay dispute finally heading towards an end,the wheels are set in motion for this much anticipated series to take place.
Australia Test squad are scheduled to fly to Dhaka on August 18 for a two match Test series. The first Test is scheduled for August 27 at the Shere-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. The second Test will be played on September 4 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. The last time Australia toured Bangladesh for a Test series was back in 2006. Bangladesh are to take on the Aussies in the five-day format after a decade.