Australia call off hosting Bangladesh for Test, ODI series citing financial reasons

Afghans to host Tigers at Dehradun for T20I series

Mumbai:Citing financial reasons, Australia have called off their Test and ODI series against Bangladesh at home later this year.

Bangladesh had been slated in the future tours program to come to Australia for two Tests and three one-day internationals in August but that has been shelved reportedly due to concerns by TV networks over competition with the major football codes.

Afghanistan will host Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series in Dehradun next month ahead of their historic Test debut against India in June.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said he was looking forward to "a very competitive series". However, the Futures Tour Programme (FTP) that will be ratified in June this year does not include a Bangladesh tour of Australia in any format.

Australia drew 1-1 with Bangladesh in a two-test series previous year, their first tour of the country since 2011 after Cricket Australia cancelled a trip in 2015 citing security concerns.

It should be noted that the two sides had played against each other only once previously when hosts Bangladesh thrashed Afghanistan by nine wickets at the 2014 World Twenty20 in Dhaka.

CA have since conveyed the decision to the BCB and alternative arrangements are being mulled. The Australian Under 19 set-up also didn't participate in the Under 19 World Cup held in Bangladesh in 2015-16. "They [CA] looked at how financially viable the series will be for them, which is disappointing". I don't know why it got postponed. All the series we hosted were not always profitable.

At the same time, administrators worldwide are also recognising that triangular tournaments offer greater scheduling flexibility, competition and spectator appeal than some forms of bilateral programming, a notable expansion being Australia's upcoming Zimbabwe tour featuring six preliminary matches and a final within the space of a week, which will also include Pakistan as a third sid. CA was only convinced of security in Bangladesh after England toured in October 2016.

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