Bangladesh Cricket Board hopeful of more matches versus India

India and Bangladesh have only played 6 test series since 2000.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) are hoping that the new Future Tours Programme(FTP) for the period 2019-23 will have more games for Bangladesh versus the Indian Cricket Team. The issue regarding the number of bilateral series between the two countries is set to be discussed at the ICC board meeting in Kolkata. The new FTP will also be confirmed during the same. 

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted saying on Tuesday about the same that, "We are expecting some more matches in the next ICC FTP cycle. There will be more number of India-Bangladesh matches in both India and Bangladesh. We are hopeful," 

The FTP for 2019-2023 actually prepared in accordance with the full members' concern and preference has perhaps already been decided upon by the ICC board. But the document that binds the Test-playing nations to respectfully follow the programme will be submitted to the ICC at its quarterly board meeting here on April 25 and 26.

It was India, under the great administration of late Jagmohan Dalmiya, who backed Bangladesh's quest to play Test Cricket. India played against Bangladesh in the latter's inaugural test match in Dhaka. There have only been six test series between the two nation with none of them going beyond two test matches. The last encounter between the two teams was the historic occasion of Bangladesh playing their first test match on Indian soil when they played the Test in Hyderabad. 

There is no reason why there shouldn't be more India-Bangladesh cricket in the future, especially with two country's cricket-mad public and the rise of Bangladesh as a competitive cricket force. 


By Kashish Chadha - 24 Apr, 2018

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