Bangladesh ready for split tour to India

Published: Monday, July 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Taking a cue from its Sri Lankan counterpart, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has expressed its willingness to tour India in two halves.

"I told them to split the One-day series and the Test series if needed, like they had done for Sri Lanka who will play seven ODIs in India in October before returning again for the Tests," BCB president Asghar Ali was quoted as saying in The Daily Star.

"We are ready to tour twice if required," he added.

Meanwhile, Asghar was hopeful of the tour going ahead at a later time after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier postponed the tour because the schedule coincided with the International Cricket Council (ICC) Johnie Walker Super Series and two big festivals (Diwali and Dhashara).

It may be mentioned here that this is the second time in six months that the BCCI delayed a tour that was originally scheduled to take place in April, and the decision evoked wide criticism.

"The Indian officials told me that they have a busy international schedule, but we have requested them to find a suitable time to accommodate the series," Asghar said.

"S K Nair, the BCCI secretary, promised me that they will clear their position within a week."

Asghar said that this tour was important considering the fact that India is the only country where Bnagaldesh have not toured it would mean that Bangladesh would have had the experience of touring all the Test-playing nations and he expects the fate of the tour be known in a week's time.

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