The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced an immense change in the proposed One Day International (ODI) series against Afghanistan on Wednesday (18 April).
In the BCB’s meeting in Mirpur, Bangladesh has decided to play a three-match T20 International series instead of the proposed ODI series with Afghanistan in a bid to prepare for the World T20 two years from now.
Following the Afghanistan series, Bangladesh will also play a full series against the West Indies, while BCB wanted to select a venue which will be comfortable for traveling.
However, BCB had to settle for Dehradun for the Afghanistan series after all the other venues were preoccupied, as they were previously wanted to play the series in Kolkata or Bangalore.
As per reports in Cricbuzz, BCB president Nazmul Hasan said, “We have ICC T20 World Cup ahead but we are not playing enough T20I matches. So we decided to play the series against Afghanistan in T20 format. We will play the series in Dehradun as other venues are preoccupied.”
The newly Test playing nation Afghanistan will play their historic one-off Test against India in June, and BCB is looking at dates before their debut Test to stage the three-match series.
It is learned that Afghanistan was originally supposed to host Bangladesh in the UAE, but they failed to do so, and now they considered India as an option for their home ground.