T20I tri-series scheduled in Bangladesh
Bangladesh team will have a long break after the ongoing World Cup finishes until they host a rare T20I tri-series in late September this year. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সেপ্টেম্বরে বাংলাদেশে বসছে টি-টোয়েন্টি টুর্নামেন্ট]
Afghanistan were scheduled to tour Bangladesh for one-off Test and two T20Is this year according to FTP (Future Tours Programme). The administrative boards of both nations opted to play a T20I tri-series.
Ranked 13th in the T20I team rankings, Zimbabwe have been invited as the third team to take part in the tri-nation series. Afghanistan Cricket Board revealed the fixtures on social media. The fixtures featured only Afghanistan games however.
Afghanistan will face Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on September 14 and 15 respectively. Their last two matches are on September 18 against hosts Bangladesh and September 20 against Zimbabwe. The final will be played on September 23. The venues and timing of the matchs are yet to be published.
Afghanistan are a force to reckon with in the shorter format. They are currently ranked seventh in T20Is and also ensured a direct qualification to Super 12s of 2020 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia which Bangladesh and Zimbabwe failed.
Bangladesh are on 10th position, slightly ahead of Nepal. Zimbabwe are placed 13th. Both sides have to play Group Stages to earn qualification through to Super 12s.
Afghanistan possess a convincing record against Bangladesh in T20Is. They whitewashed the Tigers 3-0 in Dehradun in June last year. The only time Bangladesh beat Afghanistan was in 2014 World T20 match in Dhaka.