Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury, on Wednesday, said that the BCB has decided to play the proposed One Day International series with Afghanistan in India’s Dehradun.
However, BCB are yet to decide the itinerary for the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan, but probably it will be played in the first week of June, says Nizamuddin.
Nizamuddin told Cricbuzz, “We have decided in principle to play Afghanistan in India’s Dehradun for a three-match ODI series after they proposed it in recent past. We are still in discussion about the iterinary but most probably it will be played in the first week of June.”
Initially, Afghanistan wanted to play the Bangladesh ODI series in UAE but they failed to do so, and now the Afghan Cricket Board has considered India to host the series and even BCCI also permitted them to use Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports complex in Noida as their home ground since 2015-16.
So far, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have played only one bilateral series (three-match ODI series), which the Tigers won by a 2-1 margin in 2016.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan defeated the United Arab Emirates by 5 wickets in the Super Six round of the Cricket World Cup qualifiers in Harare to keep their hopes alive to qualify for next year’s World Cup in England.
Now, they have to beat Ireland on 23 March in Harare to book their place in the final of the World Cup Qualifiers.
Bangladesh meanwhile was involved in a T20I tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. The played very well in their lead upto the virtual semi-final against Sri Lanka. They ultimately won the match but not before the match saw a lot of drama, mostly from the Bangladesh team who got into an unwanted controversy.
India won the final, courtesy heroics from Dinesh Karthik needing 12 to win from the final over.
By Rashmi Nanda