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The Bangladesh Cricket Board is optimistic about being invited to Australia and England for playing bilateral series against them. At the same time, they are expecting Sri Lanka to visit Bangladesh to vie in the two-Test Matches against the Tigers.

Australia or England has not invited the Tigers to play in a bilateral series for 13 years more as they toured England last in 2010 while visiting Australia in 2008.

However, the Tigers cricket administration believes that they will be invited in short as they have finished with a positive note in ICC’s freshly concluded board meeting that took place in the last week.

‘We are optimistic; we are in touch regarding holding the matches. We have talked to the boards to resolve this issue and received positive indications that will put some effect in the forthcoming FTP,’ said BCB chief executive officer Nizam Uddin Chowdhury on Tuesday.

The Sri Lanka national team is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on May 8 to take on the Tigers in the two Tests; however the ongoing financial rescission of the country caused some confusion in this regard.

But the BCB chief executive assured us that the visiting side would tour Bangladesh on time despite their financial recession…

‘The conversation we had with them regarding the national team indicates that they will visit Bangladesh as per the schedule. SLC is committed to touring Bangladesh to date.’

The first Test is scheduled to be held from May 15 to 19 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, while the second and final game will be played from May 23 to 27 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, respectively, which are the part of the ICC World Test Championship.

The ongoing financial downturn that hit the country severely created uncertainty in the kick-off of the forthcoming Asia Cup too, which is scheduled to be held from August 27 to September 11 in Sri Lanka this year.

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Yet Chowdhury hinted that the SLC is expected to host the regional contention even with their financial turmoil as they didn’t express their shortcomings in this connection yet.

‘Still, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board is the ultimate authority to host the competition. If they would deny that, it would certainly take place in the Asian Cricket Council Committee [ACC], which is yet to be held; furthermore, we are informed.

Responding to a reporter, he added that if Sri Lanka refuses to host the Asia Cup, they will think about holding the regional tournament, ‘let them turn down from holding the competition and subsequently we will think about the issue.’

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