Bangladesh cricket team will host their first one-day international against Afghanistan in late September in preparation for the arrival of the England team, according to the president of their cricket board.
Nazmul Hassan said that the Afghan team, who are based in India, had agreed to play three ODIs at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on September 25, 28 and 30.
“Our senior players recommended the series. So we invited Afghanistan to play against us,” Hassan told reporters late Sunday.
This series will be the first ODIs hosted by Bangladesh since last year when they won series against Pakistan, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have never played a bilateral series in any format but they have played each other in tournaments, including last year’s World Cup when Bangladesh cruised to a 105 run victory in Canberra.
England are due to arrive in Bangladesh on September 30 for three ODIs and two Test matches despite concerns over security.
Last year cricket Australia pulled out their team due to the threat of terrorist attack. In Bangladesh, in the last couple of years, Islamist terrorism activities increased.
In recent times, in an attack on Dhaka café, around 20 people died.
Last year an Italian tourist’s head was chopped down, so this deadly incident forced England team to rethink about this series. Though ECB said that they will not force any players for this tour, but England will tour Bangadesh.