The Australian cricket team will tour Bangladesh in August for the first-ever bilateral T20I series between the two nations, playing five games instead of three, as previously agreed.
This will be only the fourth time Australia has toured Bangladesh since touring in 2005-06, 2011 and 2017.
The Australians will reach Bangladesh immediately after completing their limited cricket tour of the West Indies on July 24. They will play five T20 Internationals and three ODIs in the Caribbean.
After Australia, New Zealand will travel to Bangladesh for three matches of T20 International.
Australia and New Zealand’s trips to Bangladesh are gaining in importance as they are seen as preparations for the T20 World Cup, which will take place in October-November in India or possibly the UAE.
“As you may know, Australia has agreed to increase its T20I series from three to five games,” Bangladesh Cricket Operation (BCB) chairman Akram Khan told his country’s media.
“It will take place over eight or nine days. We are trying to be well prepared for the T20 World Cup,” he added.
Australia was scheduled to travel to Bangladesh for test matches last year, but the trip was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.