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Bangladesh to play T20Is instead of ODIs against Afghanistan

17 May 2018 CricBuzz

The Bangladesh Cricket Board have now decided to play a three-match Twenty20 series against Afghanistan instead of the proposed ODI series in a bid to prepare for the next edition of the World T20, in 2020. The announcement came during the third meeting of the board directors in Mirpur, where it was also revealed that the T20I series series will be played in Dehradun. Since Bangladesh are set to play a full series against the Windies following the Afghanistan series, BCB were looking to play at a venue that's comfortable for travelling. However, with all the other venues preoccupied, BCB had to settle for Dehradun. "We have ICC T20 World Cup ahead but we are not playing enough T20I matches. So we decided to play the series against Afghanistan in T20 format,'' BCB president Nazmul Hasan, said. "We will play the series in Dehradun as other venues are preoccupied,'' he added, having mentioned earlier that they would have preferred to play the series in Kolkata or Bangalore. Afghanistan, who earned their Test status recently, will debut with a one-off Test against India, starting June 14. BCB officials are exploring dates before the historic Test to stage the three-match series. According to BCB, Afghanistan had initially planned to host Bangladesh in UAE but once they failed to do so, the ACB considered the option of India, where they have played before. BCCI had alloted the Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports complex in Noida to Afghanistan for the 2015-16 season. ShareTweetShare

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