The Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to reduce a Test match against Zimbabwe in the upcoming home series to help the Tigers prepare better for the ICC World Twenty20, said a BCB official on Monday.
Initially Bangladesh and Zimbabwe were scheduled to play three Tests and seven one-day internationals in January but BCB proposed to alter the itinerary as per the request of the team-management.
According to the revised plan, the Tigers will play two Test matches along with three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals from January 11 to February 7.
BCB cricket operations committee chairman Naimur Rahman said that they are in talks with the Zimbabwean counterpart regarding the revision of the itinerary.
‘We are reducing a Test as part of our preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 competition,’ Naimur told reporters in Mirpur.
Naimur said BCB is in favour of shortening Test series as they do not want to overburden the players before the World Twenty20.
‘We need to give the players adequate rest. Some of our frontline bowlers are suffering from injuries, so we need to think about that as well,’ he said.
The ICC World Twenty20 is scheduled to be held in India from March 11 to April 3. Before the tournament Bangladesh also may need to play in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament either in Sri Lanka or UAE from March 1-10.
-With New Age input