Bangladesh working on rescheduling postponed Pakistan Test and other fixtures
Bangladesh are keenly considering a possible window in which to hold the postponed Test against Pakistan along with other series that were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Bangladesh were forced to indefinitely delay the final phase of their three-legged tour of Pakistan in April when the Covid-19 outbreak began to spiral out of control.
Additionally, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had to call off the limited-overs tour of Ireland. Soon after, Cricket Australia temporarily cancelled their two-Test tour of Bangladesh in June as New Zealand Cricket also followed their trans-Tasman neighbours and postponed their red-ball trip of the country in August.
Bangladesh's next international assignment under the World Test Championship will be against Sri Lanka, for which they have ramped up their preparations.
The three-Test tour of Sri Lanka was originally set to commence in July but has now been pushed to October 24 as the BCB determines possible openings in the international calendar to slot in the Covid-19 impacted series.
“You all know that we were forced to postpone four series [due to the pandemic], against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ireland," BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.
Pakistan had prevailed in the series opener against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi by an emphatic margin of an innings and 44 runs. The second Test and the one-off ODI was supposed to be staged at Karachi's National Stadium after the Pakistan Super League but this plan was aborted.
Nevertheless, Nizamuddin has confirmed that the BCB is in contact with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to find a suitable time when the fixture can be held.
"Other than that we had a Test left to play with Pakistan. This [Test against Pakistan] can be rescheduled easily as it requires a small window. We will discuss that with Pakistan Cricket Board,” he said.
“With New Zealand, we have discussed rescheduling the Test series and we have agreed on confirming the series by the middle of next year. Series against Sri Lanka is confirmed already,” the BCB official added.
As cricket boards rush to conduct all the missed matches, the BCB face the challenge of unavailability of the more top-ranked teams since they would potentially have busy schedules ahead.
“We are in discussion with CA and Cricket Ireland. We are trying to have the series against Australia at a suitable time. The thing is, it will not be enough if only we are available; a big team like Australia also needs to have a free schedule,” Nizamuddin claimed.