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BCB faces scheduling trouble

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is making plans to address tight schedule post-pandemic.

Bangladesh returned to international cricket after 10 months with home series against West Indies. Within a few days of break, they will be in New Zealand for limited-overs series.

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The BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon sat down with the players on Monday. He said, “I needed to meet them as the team is going to New Zealand the last two matches against West Indies were not satisfactory. The main object of the meeting was to encourage them and give best wishes [for NZ tour].”

That is not the end of Bangladesh’s busy schedule. They will travel to Sri Lanka to complete World Test Championship commitment in April. Rapid shifting of formats and conditions is worrying the BCB.

“We are going to play in a different condition in New Zealand. Usually we make specific preparations for such conditions before touring. Sadly, we could not do that this time. It will be a different experience for them. After playing ODIs and T20Is in New Zealand, they have to play Tests in sub-continental condition in Sri Lanka. We will not be able to prepare for that too. We are not able to do extra works due to such high amount of matches.

“The planning is getting even tougher in process of playing postponed series. We have talked about how to handle this situation. The board will make a plan soon. This was the main reason I am here. I have discussed with players first, and then board and coaches,” Papon said.

After Sri Lanka Test tour. Bangladesh will host them for three ODIs in May before travelling back to the island country for Asia Cup T20.

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