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India-Bangladesh one-off Test
Hyderabad confirmed as venue but not date
Sports Desk
Published :Friday, 10 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 5

The uncertainty regarding Bangladesh tour in India to play the lone Test might went away as BCCI announced the venue of the Test on Thursday. The Test will be played at Hyderabad but BCCI yet to fix the date of the match.
The announcement was made after the BCCI's Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee's meeting in Mumbai. The BCCI has announced that Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pune, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Indore will debut as Test venues in India's 2016-17 home seasons, which will include series against New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh.
Though Bangladesh achieved the Test status in 2000, they did not play any Test in India till date.
According to the ICC's tour schedule Bangladesh supposed to tour India in this August. But India will tour West Indies in July-August. The four-match Test series will end on August 22.
It was heard that Bangladesh may tour India in September. But BCCI informed in the domestic season at first New Zealand will tour India to play three Tests and five ODIs. Then England will tour India to play five Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.
So, during this period Bangladesh have a little possibility to play Test in India.
However, BCB cricket operation committee chairman Akram Khan informed the two boards are discussing to fix the date.
He said, "We are discussing with them regularly. We are trying to find a gap."
England will come to Bangladesh in October-November. In December-January Bangladesh will tour New Zealand. And BPL is supposed to be organised between this two series.
Bangladesh's New Zealand tour will end on 24 January. Australia will tour India to play four Tests in February-March next year. May be Bangladesh will tour India in between these two series in February 2017.
However, in all, India's home season will include 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20Is; 13 Tests equals the record for the highest number of home Tests in a season for India. The previous time these many were held was in 1979-80.

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