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Bangladesh reject day-night Test offer from New Zealand

  • Published at 06:51 pm July 31st, 2018
Pink ball
The pink ball, which is used in day-night Tests

Bangladesh are set to tour the country twice in the space of two years after last visiting in the 2016-17 season

Bangladesh have rejected the offer to play a day-night Test match against the Kiwis when the side tour New Zealand in February next year. A press release from New Zealand Cricket Tuesday revealed the nation’s cricket commitments for the next one year and this included hosting Bangladesh.

Bangladesh are set to tour the country twice in the space of two years after last visiting in the 2016-17 season. They will play a rare three-match Test series and a three-game ODI series against host New Zealand.

The three-Test series for Bangladesh will only be the fourth instance of them playing one since getting Test status in 2000. They last played a three-Test series in 2014 when they hosted Zimbabwe.

New Zealand had hoped to end their summer playing a day-night Test but this was rejected by the BCB over lack of preparation. New Zealand had expected to start the Test series with a day-night affair. 

"They haven't played a day-night test, nor have they had a lot of preparation in their own first-class cricket," said NZC COO Anthony Crummy to the media

"We respect that decision and I'm sure day-night cricket will continue," the New Zealand official added.

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the Tigers’ packed schedule until February next year means the cricketers won’t get to practise playing Tests under lights.

“We have had our reason to not participate in the day-night Test match against New Zealand. We first need to play the day-night matches in our first-class competitions. Due to the lack of time and packed schedule ahead of the national team, we will not be able to get enough time for preparation and so denied of playing a day-night Test,” said Nizamuddin to the media Tuesday.

Bangladesh cricket has a packed schedule till February next year. The national team, currently touring the West Indies, will return next Wednesday. 

After a month’s gap, the cricketers will host Zimbabwe for three ODIs and two Tests from October 16 to November 15. 

From November 15, Bangladesh will host the West Indies for two Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is. The series will end on December 22. 

If everything falls into place, the cricketers will immediately become busy with the sixth season of the BPL T20, which is scheduled to start on January 5 with the final taking place on February 8. They will then travel to New Zealand.

Bangladesh will begin their tour facing the Kiwis in the ODI series first. The three ODIs will be played on February 13, 16 and 20 in Napier, Christchurch and Otago respectively. This will be followed by the three-Test series starting on February 28 in Hamilton. The second and third Tests will start on March 8 and March 16 in Wellington and Christchurch respectively.