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Sri Lanka to tour Bangladesh in May

Sri Lanka will tour Bangladesh in May this year to play a 50-over series against the Tigers. Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) Cricket Operations Committee Chairman Akram Khan confirmed the news on Tuesday (February 2).

Bangladesh are currently busy playing against West Indies at home. The two teams have already finished the three-match ODI series, and the Test series will get underway from Wednesday (February 3).

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After the completion of the home series against West Indies on February 15, Bangladesh will fly to New Zealand to play three ODIs and as many T20Is between March 13 and March 28.

Following the New Zealand tour, Bangladesh will have some free space in their international calendar, where they will play home and away series against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh’s three-Test tour of Sri Lanka was previously scheduled to be held in mid-2020 but it was later deferred to October-November amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, the revised schedule also got cancelled with strict COVID-19 policies in the host country.

It was already revealed that there will be no chance of limited-overs games in the Sri Lanka tour owing to tight schedule. However, the two teams are now likely to play three ODIs in Bangladesh.

“After our tour of New Zealand, they (Sri Lanka) will come in Bangladesh for three ODIs. Maybe after or before that, we will tour Sri Lanka to play the Test series,” said Akram.

“Timing was an issue between two countries. But now after finding out some time, two boards have agreed on the series. Everything else will be finalised within next few days,” he added.

The three ODIs between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be part of the World Cup Super League.

Akram also informed that during Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka, there will be no strict COVID-19 rules in place, other than the ones present when they hosted England last month.

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