BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury expressed hope that Bangladesh would get to play more international cricket in the coming days, including bilateral series against India, as per the FTP (Future Tours Programme) agreed in the ICC meeting last month.
Nizamuddin while speaking to the media at the BCB headquarters at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Thursday informed that the other boards have agreed to execute the FTP as planned with Bangladesh.
“As you all know the ICC has worked on the FTP and is working to set a new bilateral competition among the teams in all formats. As per that FTP, Bangladesh will get to play a lot more international matches than the past. All the boards have agreed to the commitments which you see in the FTP,” said Nizamuddin.
Bangladesh since their inception as a Test-playing nation have played the least bilateral series against India. Till date the Tigers have hosted India five times for a Test series, four for ODI series and never for T20I.
While Bangladesh so far have toured India only once – for a lone Test match in Hyderabad in 2017. Poor market value of India hosting Bangladesh has been cited as the chief reason for the giant not to host the Tigers.
BCB high-up Nizamuddin however, believes the new FTP will see Bangladesh play more bilateral series against India.
The BCB official also spoke on the issue of Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza missing from the squad for the tour of the West Indies in June this year. According to a media report, the BCB in a general order for obtaining visa of Bangladesh cricketers for the tour of the Caribbean had not mentioned Mashrafe in the list.
Nizamuddin explaining the incident said, “That GO was particularly to obtain American visa for only the Bangladesh T20I players. You all know that we will play a T20I against the West Indies in Florida so we need to obtain American visa for that. In the GO it was mentioned that the squad was for all three formats but honestly that was only a clerical mistake.”
It is understood that the primary Bangladesh squad for the Test and ODI for the tour of the West Indies will be finalised Saturday but given the time needed to acquire American visa, the BCB had started the paperwork early and only sent the T20I squad.