Bangladesh were to play 2 Tests and 3 ODIs in Australia  © Getty images
Bangladesh were to play 2 Tests and 3 ODIs in Australia © Getty images

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have expressed disappointment over Cricket Australia (CA) cancelling their Test series down under. CA felt that the Test series holds very less financial value to be played. Bangladesh were scheduled to play 2 Tests and 3 ODIs this year. According to The Indian Express, BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said: “They have told us this series is not financially viable due to the off-season. This is really disappointing. All the series we hosted were not always profitable. If we can conduct them, we would expect the other cricket boards, especially bigger ones like Cricket Australia, to do the same. We have proposed a shorter version as an alternative. But it looks like they are not continuing. So, this series is not going to happen.”

According to the ICC FTP, Bangladesh had to tour Australia during winter, when stadiums in Australia would be occupied by AFL fans. CA, on the other hand, have refuted media reports suggesting that it called off the series due to financial reasons. However, CA has compensated by inviting Bangladesh for a T20I series in late 2019.