Australian Cricket Board and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have come on a mutual decision to play a T20I series in Australia in 2019 as part of their preparations for the 2020 World T20, instead of scheduled 2 Tests and 3 One Day Internationals in August in Australia.
It has learned that the Australian broadcasters’ concern over the competition with the major football codes with the series was the reason behind the cancellation of Bangladesh-Australia series.
However, BCB has also expressed their disappointment over the cancellation of the Australia tour, saying it will not just damage them financially but also their “bilateral commitments”.
As per reports in Sport24, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, “It is disappointing. They looked at how financially viable the series will be for them, which is disappointing. Many of our home series aren't necessarily beneficial. We have to host a lot of countries to maintain bilateral commitments. It is not always financially viable. If the BCB can afford them, then we would expect the bigger cricket boards to do the same.”
Meanwhile, CA spokesperson has confirmed that the August scheduled has been postponed by mutual agreement, as the tour was not "commercially viable", and even it does not match the Dhaka crowd because of the football matches in the country.
The spokesperson signed off by saying, “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. Both countries agreed to postpone that tour to be better aligned ahead of the ICC World T20 in 2020 in Australia.”
Bangladesh has not toured Australia for a bilateral series since 2003, and it will now shift to 2019.