Australia in Discussions for August Bangladesh Tour

Australia in Discussions for August Bangladesh Tour Photo: TT
Steve Smith in action during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup

Cricket Australia (CA) are in discussions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board about a white ball tour in July-August this year.

Australia haven’t played away in Bangladesh since 2017 and have had recent tours postponed for a variety of reasons such as security and the COVID pandemic.

However, CA revealed on Monday that they were in negotiations about a potential tour following the conclusion of the series against the West Indies which includes five T20Is and three ODIs in July.

“The Australian men’s team has completed successful tours of England and New Zealand during the pandemic, including the accompanying quarantine periods, and we are hopeful of being able to travel to Bangladesh at the completion of the West Indies tour,” Ben Oliver, CA’s EGM of National Teams said.

“Those discussions are progressing well and updates will be provided in due course.”

Oliver added: “It was great to see our Olympians receiving their vaccination shots ahead of the Tokyo Games and we are working through logistics for the Australian men’s team with the relevant agencies.

“We will comply with all government directives in relation to vaccinations and international travel.”

Bangladesh are about to commence hosting a three-game ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Australia named a 23-member preliminary squad for the West Indies tour although Marnus Labuschagne was left out, due to the logistical complexities of joining the squad from the UK and associated quarantines.

National selector Trevor Hohns said: “We worked through numerous options in conversations with Marnus to find a workable solution but ultimately came to the conclusion it was more practical for him to remain in the UK.

“Had we not been in the middle of a global pandemic Marnus would be on this tour as a well-established member and important part of the one-day side. Its an unfortunate circumstance of the many challenges the world is facing right now.”

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