The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expressed their deep anguish upon Australia’s decision of cancelling the home series against the Tigers showing financial reasons.
“They have told us this series is not financially viable due to the off-season,” chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury told Reuters.
“This is really disappointing. All the series we hosted were not always profitable. If we can conduct them, we would expect the other cricket boards, especially bigger ones like Cricket Australia, to do the same,” he also said.
Bangladesh were scheduled to play a two Test match series and three one day internationals Down Under later this year.
“We have proposed a shorter version as an alternative. But it looks like they are not continuing. So, this series is not going to happen,” BCB CEO said.
Aussie authorities earlier revealed that the scheduled time to play a home series against Bangladesh would be the prime football season in Australia making it financially not viable as sports broadcasters of the country will supposed to be fully engaged with football matches.
Bangladesh last toured Australia some fifteen years ago in 2003 whereas Australia visited Bangladesh in 2017 when Tigers achieved their first Test win against mighty Aussies.
The series, therefore, was drawn 1-1 by Australia.