India-Bangladesh series likely to be transferred to January 2017

Nagendra / 05 June 2016

The officials of Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday have hinted that the tour of India might just get delayed due to the hectic schedule of Team India.

After attaining the status of a test playing nation, Bangladesh have not played a test match in Indian soil and upon mutual agreement between Board of Cricket Control in India(BCCI) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the series was expected to be played in August 2016.

The series would have a solitary test match which would be played in Eden Gardens and 4 ODIs. According to the sources, the Board of Cricket Control in India(BCCI) have requested Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to send their available timings till March next year.

BCCI are finding it difficult to place Bangladesh tour in 2016 schedule as it is jam packed with so many matches expected to be played till the end of the year. The transferring of Bangladesh tour to January is looking a more feasible solution to BCCI.

“Both the countries are trying hard to fix a possible date for the series after going through our other commitments,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters on Saturday.

“We all know how busy India team remains while we are also not free all the time. It can happen as per schedule while it can also be changed,” Nizamuddin added.

BCB are trying to finalize the dates for the tour during the impending ICC meeting, which is set to begin from 28th of this month.

The BCB was also planning on requesting the BCCI to host a tri-nation series involving Bangladesh, India (as hosts) and New Zealand. But with India set to play as many as 17 test matches till March 2017, this chances of the tri-series happening looks very bleak at the moment.