Bangladesh to play Tri-series before T20 World Cup

Bangladesh to play Tri-series before T20 World Cup

Bangladesh to play Tri-series before T20 World Cup
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Bangladesh Cricket Board officials announced on Tuesday that they will play a tri-nation series in New Zealand to conclude their preparations for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup.

The series will begin on October 7 or 8, with New Zealand and Pakistan as the opposing teams, and will be held in Christchurch.

It will be Bangladesh’s final T20 international match before the World T20, which will be held in Australia in October-November.

“The tri-series in New Zealand will be our final international T20 assignment before the ICC WCT20,” BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus told media on Tuesday in Chattogram.

“Though the third team for the tri-series has yet to be determined (aside from host New Zealand), Pakistan is most likely to be the other team,” he stated.

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Bangladesh will train in Adelaide for seven to eight days before departing for Christchurch for the tri-series.

The tourists are scheduled to play a few T20s against an Australian domestic squad during their camp in Adelaide.

Apart from the Asia Cup, Bangladesh will play a three-match T20 series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe before heading to Adelaide for the final leg of their World Cup preparation.

Meanwhile, Jalal Yunus stated that Tamim Iqbal’s availability for the competition is unknown.

Tamim Iqbal said on January 27 that he will be taking a six-month vacation from the shortest format, but no formal declaration regarding his participation in the ICC T20 World Cup has been made.

“Tamim Iqbal is one of our more experienced players, and he knows his role better than anyone else. You are all aware that we met with him to discuss this,” Jalal remarked.

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“He had told you (media) exclusively about his strategy and now what we have to say.”

“After the six-month term is up, he will officially inform you of his decision, and you will learn about his plan through him; I cannot comment on it,” he stated.

“We tried for three to four months, and he said he made the decision based on his work and future, and we respect that,” he said.

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