The year began with the tri-nation series consisting of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe followed by the bilateral Test and T20I series against Sri Lanka. Soon after that, Bangladesh flew to Colombo to join with India and Sri Lanka once again in the Nidahas Trophy 2018.
In the later part of that, the Tigers have a long breathing space from international cricket in April, May and almost total of coming June as well. Although Bangladesh will travel West Indies for the bilateral series, the schedule of the Test is in the beginning of July.
The tour to West Indies is comprised of 2 Test matches, 3 one day international matches and 2 T20I matches. Team Bangladesh will reach West Indies by June 20. A preparation match will take place in Antigua on June 28.
The first Test between West Indies and Bangladesh will happen on 4th of July in Antigua while the second Test match will kick off on 12 July in Jamaica.
The first ODI between these two nations will start on 22nd of July following by the second ODI on 25th of July and the third ODI in 28th of that month.
The first T20I match of the three match series will take place in St. Kitts and Nevis in 31st of July that will be followed by rest of the two matches in 4th and 5th of August.
Bangladesh is supposed to play a bilateral away series against Australia after completion of the West Indies tour which is still in hanging position due to lack of interest on part of Cricket Australia (CA) to arrange a series in the off season.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has opposed to make the aisle longer for the team therefore they are trying to arrange a home series against Afghanistan in coming June.
According to a BCB source, the fate of the series is largely depending upon the Super Six World Cup qualifying match between Afghanistan and Ireland.
Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud Shujon said, “We will go to West Indies right after the series against Afghanistan and then to Asia Cup. There is not more than a short interval in between.”
“Bangladesh Premier League will launch right after that. West Indies and Zimbabwe will visit shortly after that. Players might get hurt because of the strict schedule,” he said.
“Bangladesh will go through a long hectic schedule in coming two years. Cricketers might even suffer from loss of rhythm. We need lots of stand by players. We will have to prepare two squads. We might fell into injury troubles regarding the busy schedule,” Khaled Mahmud said.
Most of the cricketers will be busy in domestic cricket in Dhaka Premier League (DPL) and Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) as well.