England may not send full-strength team to Bangladesh
Several top England players may opt to skip limited-overs tour of Bangladesh this year.
Ashley Giles, the managing director of England men’s team, has hinted that Bangladesh would not be a place to tour given the packed schedule England have starting from their home season to the Ashes.
England’s busy schedule begins with two Tests against New Zealand next month, followed by visits from Sri Lanka and Pakistan in June and July. They will then play fige Tests against India in August-September. After that, England will tour Bangladesh for three ODIs and three T20Is on September 19 or 20, and Pakistan for two T20Is before the T20 World Cup.
England and Wales Cricket (ECB) wants some its players to be rested before the World Cup in either India or UAE and the Ashes in Australia.
“We have a full schedule. If we go from the end of the fifth Test in September, we are set to leave for Bangladesh on September 19 or 20. We have a full schedule right through including Pakistan and wherever the T20 World Cup is,” Giles said.
“We are going to have to give some of these guys a break at some point. But the intention of giving guys a break for, say, Bangladesh, wouldn’t be for them to go and play cricket elsewhere.
“We have to manage our schedule now, so we get our guys arriving in the best shape possible for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.”
The three Bangladesh vs England ODIs will be part of ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
England have not visited Bangladesh since the 2016 ODI and Test tour where drew 1-1 in red-ball format after clinching the ODIs 2-1.
Bangladesh too have a busy schedule with Australia and New Zealand are also expected to visit for T20Is.