Australia and Bangladesh looking to replace cancelled tour with T20s

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He said the series was hard to sell to Australian free-to-air TV broadcasters - prompting the decision to pull the pin on another Bangladesh tour.

Afghanistan will host Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series in Dehradun next month ahead of their historic Test debut against India in June.

In the wake of these recent developments, CA has been accused of overt "disrespect" in its decision to cancel the series. And following their scintillating form, the associate nation was awarded Test Status by the ICC past year in July, alongside Ireland.


ESPNcricinfo said it learned one of the alternative options discussed was Australia touring Bangladesh after the 2019 World Cup.

"The window allocated in the ICC FTP for Bangladesh to tour Australia in August this year has been postponed, by mutual agreement by both Cricket Australia and the Bangladesh Cricket Board", a CA spokesperson said.

"It is unfortunate on the part of the member [CA] not to fulfil that commitment, especially if the reasoning is commercial or financial concerns".


This is the first bilateral T20I series between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The series will act as a preparatory ground for the ICC World T20 to be scheduled in 2020.

The 3-match series will be from June 3 -7, before Afghanistan travel to Bengaluru for the one-off Test match against India.

"The way in which everything works in cricket is that it's really at the home team's discretion to work things out as to how much they want to host and what they want to host", Sutherland told ESPN Cricinfo recently.


"To be honest it hasn't been a great success, playing in the past as we have in northern Australia". Meanwhile, because of a very unfair decision against themselves, Bangladesh continues to wait for a second shot at a tour down under - the previous one having been held a remote fifteen years ago. "If we get drawn to play [Bangladesh], and we're drawn to play it at home, once you're in a championship situation, the context puts you in a position of wanting to win every game and needing the points and not compromising". "There's obviously an element of reciprocity between what we do, we do that with England, India South Africa".

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