Bangladesh to play in T20I tri-series in New Zealand before T20 World Cup


Bangladesh will play a T20I tri-series in New Zealand, likely in September-October, as part of their build-up to this year’s T20 World Cup, BCB’s cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus has confirmed, adding that Pakistan are likely to be the third team, and the series is going to be held in Christchurch.

Before reaching New Zealand, Bangladesh will travel to Australia for a weeklong camp in Adelaide, where they will play T20 practice matches against local sides. This will be in September. The dates for the tri-series haven’t been announced yet, but the likeliest window is between late September and early October. The World Cup starts October 16, with the Super 12s, of which Bangladesh and New Zealand are a part, starting October 22.

“We will play more than 16 T20 matches [before the T20 World Cup],” Yunus said at a press interaction. “We will not need a separate camp, since this is itself a lot of preparation. We will be holding a camp in Adelaide for a week, before heading to New Zealand to play the tri-nation tournament.”

The 16 matches Yunus mentioned include T20Is in West Indies and Zimbabwe in July and August, apart from the Asia Cup, which will also be a T20I affair.

Yunus said that the BCB has been holding regular meetings with Tamim Iqbal about his possible return to the T20I side. Tamim said in January that he should not be considered for selection to the T20I side for six months, but that might change.

“Tamim is one of the most senior players. We have held a series of meetings with him, and he understands his position very well,” Yunus said. “You will probably hear about it from him when the six months are over. We want him to play, and we are trying [to convince him]. We will definitely respect his decision since he has to consider his future as a cricketer.”

Yunus also said that Anamul Haque, who made a record-breaking 1138 runs in the List A Dhaka Premier League last month, could be selected in the Bangladesh white-ball teams in next month’s West Indies tour. “I think the selectors are considering [him] for the ODIs and T20Is against West Indies,” he said.

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