No Twenty20 in Sri Lanka tour: Akram

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:07, Aug 14,2020


The Tigers won’t be playing any Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka and will only take on the islanders in the originally scheduled three Tests, said Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan.

Bangladesh were supposed to tour Sri Lanka for three Tests, which are part of the ICC World Test Championship, in july-August but Bangladesh Cricket Board backtracked from the series in June 24 claiming the players didn’t have the time or scope to prepare for the matches. 

But BCB’s outlook towards the series changed after the International Cricket Council postponed October’s Twenty20 World Cup for a year and the Asian Cricket Council also deferred the Asia Cup, creating a huge gap in Bangladesh’s international calendar for the rest of the year.

After the postponement of two big events, BCB and their Sri Lankan counterparts began negotiating about the postponed series as both the boards were eager to end their national team’s sabbatical from cricket through it.

Talks about adding three Twenty20s to the Test series also started, with Sri Lanka Cricket being the first to broach the prospect, according to BCB.

BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury and his Sri Lanka counterpart Mohan de Silva also voiced the possibility of adding Twenty20s to the series to their respective local media and Akram on Wednesday revealed October 24 as the presumed starting date of the series.

The only point of contention between the boards was that BCB wanted to add the 20-over matches alongside Tests while the host board wanted to emit one Test and play the three Twenty20s in its place.

But on Friday, the previously hopeful tone about the Twenty20 series changed, with Akram telling New Age that now there was very little chance of it happening.

‘We will be going to Sri Lanka to play the ICC Test Championship. Twenty20 was never part of that tour,’ Akram said.

Though the schedule is not finalised yet, Akram earlier told the media that the Bangladesh national team will depart for Sri Lanka on September 23 along with the players of High performance unit as the hosts will not release any local players for practice matches.

AKram also said that BCB was planning to host a residential camp for both national and HP team players to help them regain their match fitness after the COVID-19 break.

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