Profitable Bangladesh search extra cricket in Australia

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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza says his staff ought to have the prospect to tour Australia extra typically, labelling their 16-year Take a look at absence “disappointing”.

Australia’s World Cup conflict with Bangladesh marks simply the 10th match between the 2 groups in any format previously decade.

In response to the Futures Tour Program (FTP), Australia are attributable to play three Twenty20s in Bangladesh later this yr, earlier than a two-Take a look at collection within the first half of subsequent yr.

Nevertheless, Bangladesh’s absence from Australia is way extra important except the 2015 World Cup.

They final performed Checks within the nation in 2003 in Darwin and Townsville, whereas they had been clear swept in a three-match one-day collection in 2008.

The staff had been meant to play a two-match Take a look at collection within the winter of 2018, however that was ultimately cancelled.

There aren’t any Bangladesh Checks scheduled in Australia within the present FTP by way of to 2023.

“Since Darwin I haven’t performed any Take a look at cricket in Australia. It’s actually disappointing, I do know, as a Take a look at nation,” Mortaza stated.

“You’ll be able to be taught numerous issues once you’re travelling, that kind of a part of the world like Australia, England, New Zealand and clearly South Africa.

“So there’s so many issues we are able to be taught, particularly as an Asian staff.

“It’s at all times disappointing when that kind of factor occurs.

“It’s all about negotiating, I believe. If our cricket boards and Australian cricket board can negotiate one another, then it could be doable.”

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Mortaza is considered one of simply 4 gamers in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad to have performed in Australia.

Typically thought to be a minnow of their early years, Bangladesh emerged as a contender on the World Cup with wins over West Indies and South Africa earlier than the Australia conflict.

They shocked Australia in 2005 with a five-wicket win in Cardiff, in addition to claiming their first Take a look at victory over the staff in 2017.

“It’s been a pleasant reminiscence (beating Australia in 2005),” Mortaza stated

“I can keep in mind the whole lot what we did in that specific day and night time.

“That night time all of the sudden, when the limousine was coming in entrance of the resort and everybody was inside.”


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