Australia have decided not to play the two-day tour game against Bangladesh Cricket Board XI on August 22-23 as the BCB failed to manage a ground for the warm-up. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ প্রস্তুতি ম্যাচ বাতিলের সিদ্ধান্ত অস্ট্রেলিয়ার]
Australia were supposed to play their practice match at Fatullah’s Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium. But heavy rainfall almost made the stadium a ‘pool’. Despite the water being dried up, the bad smell due to waterlogging in the surroundings of the stadium forced the Aussies to decide to play in Fatullah.
BCB proposed Australia to play at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan in Savar. But Australian players decided against it because of the distance. ULAB field in Mohammadpur was also proposed to Australia by the board. But they didn’t agree as it doesn’t have much facilities.
Australia wanted to play at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, where the first Test will take place. But BCB didn’t agree to use the Mirpur field 4-5 days before the Test match begins.
As a result, the warm-up match has been cancelled. Australian players will practice at BCB Academy Ground in Mirpur on August 22 and 23.
The first Test between Bangladesh and Australia will begin from August 27. Australian side landed in Dhaka on Friday night and spent time at gym next day.
On Saturday, BCB announced the 14-man squad for the first Test. The BCB XI squad was also announced. Mahmudullah Riyad, who has been axed from the Test squad, was named the captain.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com