Bangladesh postpone Test series against Australia

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09 Apr 2020 | 10:50 AM
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Bangladesh postpone Test series against Australia

The Aussies had been due to play the Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka between June 11 and June 23

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Bangladesh's cricket authorities on Thursday (9th April) said they were postponing a two-match Test series against Australia scheduled for June due to the global coronavirus pandemic, without setting a new date.

The Aussies had been due to play the Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka between June 11 and June 23.

It would have been Australia's third Test series in Bangladesh and second in three years.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said it would work with its Australian counterparts to find a future window for the series, which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship.

"This is understandably disappointing for players and fans of both sides. However, in the current global scenario of the COVID-19 outbreak and considering the nature of the health emergency, the BCB and CA are in agreement that this is the most sensible and practical decision. We hope that the situation will improve soon and we are able to hold this series at a convenient time in the near future. To that end, the BCB will continue to work closely with CA with whom we share a history of support and cooperation," Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

"Postponing the tour is regrettable, but I would like to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for the open, honest and responsible discussions that led us to this mutually-agreed position. The health of our people and communities is the number one priority for both Boards and that is reflected in the action we have taken in postponing the two Test matches. As we know, the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honour our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts opined.

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