Australia have refused to host Bangladesh later this year for a two-match Test series and three One-Day Internationals due to the series being financially non-viable for the host broadcasters, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board officials.
BCB had responded to the request with alternative proposals and are awaiting a response. Chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said: “They have requested to call off the series as it is not financially viable. We have responded to it with alternative proposals and waiting for their response but there was no further communication in this regard.”
According to the ICC Future Tours Program, Bangladesh were expected to play two Tests along with three ODIs against Australia at latter’s home in August and September 2018.
However, their first full tour Down Under since 2003 received a blow as Australian free-to-air broadcasters looked disinterested in televising the series during their football season, citing it being commercially non-viable.
According to BCB sources, it was learnt they have had proposed Australia to tour Bangladesh after the ICC World Cup 2019 but there was no concrete outcome regarding it thereafter.