Bangladesh scrap one of two Tests against Afghanistan citing busy schedule

Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team. Photo: ACB

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has scrapped one Test from the upcoming home series against Afghanistan, scheduled to take place in June.

According to the original itinerary, Bangladesh was set to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is against Afghanistan but have now scrapped one Test.

BCB cricket operation chairman Jalal Yunus told the media that their schedule was very tight and that they want to concentrate more on white-ball cricket in preparation for the 50-over World Cup in India later this year.

“We will play one Test along with T20Is and ODIs. There were two Tests but we have reduced it to one because our schedule is very tight (ahead of the next World Cup). We will play the other Test at some other time but for now we are just playing one Test,” Yunus told reporters.

Bangladesh and Afghanistan have faced each other in 11 ODI matches of which Afghanistan has won four.

The upcoming tour is set to provide great entertainment especially after Afghanistan stunned Bangladesh in October after setting them up to chase 161 runs in a T20 World Cup warm-up game, in Australia.

Bangladesh’s batting line collapsed while chasing as Afghanistan’s bowlers were in full rhythm as Bangladesh crashed to a dismal  98-9 in 20 overs.