What 2021 holds for Bangladesh
Bangladesh men’s team will play at least 41 international matches in year 2021. The number of matches will however go up-and-down depending on circumstances.
Keeping the postponed series (except Sri Lanka tour) aside, Bangladesh will play 11 Tests, 12 ODIs and 18 T20Is with current World Test Championship (2019-21) series against West Indies and Sri Lanka, and Cricket World Cup Super League (2020-23) series against West Indies, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and England.
West Indies series at home (Jan-Feb):
West Indies are due to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs and two Tests in Dhaka and Chattogram, marking the first international series in the country since pandemic.
Jan 20: 1st ODI, SBNCS, Mirpur
Jan 22: 2nd ODI, SBNCS, Mirpur
Jan 25: 3rd ODI, ZACS, Chattogram
Feb 3-7: 1st Test, ZACS, Chattogram
Feb 11-15: 2nd Test, SBNCS, Mirpur
New Zealand tour (March):
The Tigers will then visit New Zealand to play three ODIs ans three T20Is.
Mar 13: 1st ODI, University of Otago Oval, Dunedin
Mar 17: 2nd ODI, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Mar 20: 3rd ODI, Basin Reserve, Wellington
Mar 23: 1st T20I, McLean Park, Napier
Mar 26: 2nd T20I, Eden Park, Auckland
Mar 28: 3rd T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton
Sri Lanka tour (April):
Sri Lanka Cricket has proposed Bangladesh Cricket Board to complete a three-Test affair in April. The Tests may be reduced to two as the teams will look to earn World Test Championship points.
Asia Cup T20 (June):
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and one associate team will lock horns for Asian crown in Sri Lanka. However, the sixth team and fixtures are yet to be confirmed.
Zimbabwe tour (July):
Bangladesh will tour Zimbabwe after eight years to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.
England series at home (October):
ICC T20 World Cup (Oct-Nov):
India will host the seventh edition of men’s T20 World Cup. Bangladesh will need to play group stage matches (three) and bag a top-two spot to obtain a place in Super 12s, where they will find additional five matches if they manage to qualify.
Pakistan series at home (Nov-Dec):
The busy season will continue as Pakistan will set feet in Bangladesh for a bilateral series after six years. The series includes two Tests and three T20Is.
Sri Lanka series at home (December):
Sri Lanka will pay a return tour to play two Test matches in December.
New Zealand tour (Dec 2021-Jan 2022):
Bangladesh will tour New Zealand for the second time in the year. The two sides will play two Tests and three T20Is across the 2021-22 summer.
*Bangladesh might host Sri Lanka for three ODIs, part of World Cup Super League, at some point in 2021. New Zealand may also complete postponed two-Test tour with a tri-series including Australia in Bangladesh.