The fate of the probable Afghanistan-Bangladesh bilateral series in June will depend on the report of the BCB delegation. The board’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan informed the media Wednesday that a BCB team is set to travel to Dehradun in a couple of days to inspect the facilities there.
Although initially a three-match ODI series was being discussed, it is understood that the BCB pressed for a T20I series instead. A decision on whether the two sides would play ODIs or T20Is will depend on the report from the BCB delegate.
"A BCB cricket operations committee delegation is set to travel to Dehradun to inspect the facilities, including the likes of wickets, conditions and accommodation. Then we'll take our final decision regarding the series against Afghanistan. At this point we are ready for the series but a final call will depend on the report from the delegation," said Akram at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
"We were told of three or four matches. We'll take our decision after the delegation returns. Sabbir (Khan), our cricket operations committee manager, is going there along with a few other BCB officials. He will give us a report. And then, we will take our decision after holding discussion among ourselves," said Akram.
Former Bangladesh captain Akram is delighted with Bangladesh's progress in Test cricket. The Tigers in the ICC annual Test ranking update Tuesday moved to eighth position for the first time ever since the ranking was established.
"There were many who had opposed the ICC for giving Bangladesh the Test status and later there was pressure of taking the Test status back. But we kept calm and eventually our players gave the right answer. Now it is important for the players and the board to ensure that the progress is maintained," said Akram.