World Champions to lock horns with Afghanistan in India
Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team will resume competitive cricket at the international level by playing a series in India.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s Chief Operating Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury confirmed the news on Wednesday (March 3).
However, instead of locking horns with India, the Bangladeshi youngsters will go head-to-head against Afghanistan’s age-level side.
“Bangladesh (Under-19) team has a tour ahead. Within a short time, they will play against the Afghanistan U-19 side. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is organizing the series in India,” said Nizamuddin.
Though the itinerary of the tour is yet to be revealed, it has been learnt that the tour will feature some one-day matches as well as a few four-day matches.
The Bangladesh Under-19 side won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in February last year by beating India by their Indian counterparts by three wickets in the final at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
But since then, they haven’t played any international matches due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Had they played some matches at the top level, some players from the World Cup winning side could have already been in the Bangladesh national side. But the coronavirus is to be blamed for the Young Tigers still not getting any big opportunities.
“We are now the Under-19 champions. So, we definitely had some plans in mind for them. But due to the Covid-19 protocols, we could not implement them. We have only taken the opportunities we could,” said Nizamuddin.