BCB plans Bangladesh A team's away tour before England series
Bangladesh have no international fixtures in next three months. For the first time since the ICC World T20 in India earlier this year, Bangladesh will take the field on the international stage in October when England tour the country for a full bilateral series comprising of two Tests and three One Day Internationals.
But now, ahead of the England series, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to arrange a tour for High Performance or Bangladesh A team prior to the home series against England. director and cricket operation committee chairman Akram Khan, who returned home from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah, informed the news on Thursday.
The former Tigers captain further added that if they fail to arrange an international tour for the second string Bangladesh side, they may organise either the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) or the National Cricket League (NCL) to keep the players of the pipeline among competitive matches, and also to give the national players some much needed preparation ahead of their return to international cricket after about six months or so.
“We have plans to arrange tour for High Performance (HP) unit or Bangladesh A-team. We are now trying to arrange this. If we don’t manage this, in that case, we have an alternative to organise Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) or National Cricket League (NCL),” said Akram.
“Ahead of the forthcoming bi-lateral series with England, we will try to at least give some matches of the BCL or NCL as part of home team’s preparation,” Akram told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday.
It is learnt that Sri Lanka A-team is expected to tour to Bangladesh on September to play a string of different format games. In this regard, BCB operation committee chairman said that their discussion is going on holding a series with Sri Lanakan side.
“Sri Lanka A team is expected to come in Bangladesh. But the tour is yet to finalise. Our discussion is going on but it remains in final stage,” Akram said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com