Sunday, 20 May 2007

Bangladesh to Host India and Pakistan in Tri Series in 2008-09

India have agreed to play a tri-series in Bangladesh with Pakistan as the third side in 2008 or 2009. The decision was taken after a discussion meeting between BCB and BCCI top officials on Saturday night.

Niranjan Shah, general secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), announced the decision today (Sunday) in Chittagong.

"We have agreed to play the tri-series in Bangladesh. I think it can be played in 2008 or 2009," said Shah.

"We have to make some adjustments to the ICC calendar. The BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) has readily agreed to all the conditions put before them” he added.

With this decision, BCCI scrapped the previously scheduled tri series between Bangladesh, India and South Africa in February 2008. According to BCCI, the originally scheduled tri series clashes with India’s tour of Australia around the same period.

The BCCI official also expressed their willingness to host Bangladesh for a full series in near future.

"We are very much willing to call them. We want to help them. That’s the reason we have agreed to play the tri-series. Bangladesh is welcome to India," Shah said.

Bangladesh are yet to play a Test series since obtaining Test status in 2000, as BCCI refused to host them on financial ground.

Bangladesh hosted India in their inaugural test match in November 2004 and India also played a full series in December 2004. Currently India is visiting Bangladesh for the third time on the trot.

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