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Australia to tour Bangladesh this year

Australia will make a first tour to Bangladesh since 2017. The series will not include Test matches.

Bangladesh and Australia last had a face-off during 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. ©Getty Images

 

The previously scheduled tour included two Tests as part of World Test Championship, which was postponed due to COVID-19 last year.

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Australia will play T20Is in Bangladesh ahead of T20 World Cup in India scheduled for October-November 2021, reports ESPNcricinfo. This will be the first occasion of the two teams playing T20I matches outside of T20 World Cups.

England are also slated to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs, as part of ODI World Cup Super League, and three T20Is. Keeping the T20 World Cup in mind, a tri-nation T20I series may be arranged to mark preparations for the mega event.

Australia played two-match Test series in Bangladesh in 2017, where the hosts claimed a historic win in the first Test in Dhaka before Nathan Lyon spinning the series to level in Chattogram. CA called off home series against Bangladesh the next year citing commercial reasons.

Australia recently pulled out of South Africa Test tour with COVID concerns, leaving their chances of playing WTC final in the hands of India and England. This keeps them out of Test action for nearly 10 months as the next Test match is scheduled against Afghanistan before The Ashes next summer.