B’desh to host Zimbabwe despite ICC ban
Sabah Mannan of DOT
An official of the Bangladesh Cricket Board named Jalal Yunus disclosed yesterday that Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe for a tri-nations Twenty20 tournament in September despite the African country being suspended by the game’s world body. Zimbabwe was eliminated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in July for their failure to keep the sport free from government interference, putting the country’s participation in multi-nation events at stake. The BCB spokesman informed that there are no bars on Zimbabwe playing in bilateral matches, they are only excluded from ICC events, reports Prothom Alo.
Afghanistan is the third team participating in the tournament scheduled to be held from 13th to 24th September. Initially, Bangladesh was to play a bilateral series against Afghanistan in September but Zimbabwe had been added later after they requested a spot at the tournament.
The tri-series will be followed by Afghanistan’s maiden Test match against Bangladesh in Chattogram from 5 to 9 September. Afghanistan will arrive in Bangladesh on 30th August.
The fixtures of the tournament are as follows – 1-2 Sept: Two-day practice match between Afghanistan XI and BCB XI in Chattogram, 5-9 Sept: First and only Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Chattogram, 8 Sept: Zimbabwe arrive in Bangladesh, 11 Sept: T20 practice match between Zimbabwe XI and BCB XI in Fatullah, 13 Sept: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Dhaka, 14 Sept: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Dhaka,15 Sept: Bangladesh v Afghanistan tri-nation T20I in Dhaka, 18 Sept: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Chattogram, 20 Sept: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Chattogram, 21 Sept: Bangladesh v Afghanistan tri-nation T20I in Chattogram and 24 Sept: Final of tri-nation T20I in Dhaka.