England`s white-ball tour of Bangladesh postponed indefinitely...

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England`s white-ball tour of Bangladesh postponed indefinitely

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:26 PM, 2 August 2021   Updated: 07:33 PM, 2 August 2021

England`s white-ball tour of Bangladesh postponed indefinitely

England`s white-ball tour of Bangladesh postponed indefinitely

England’s white-ball tour of Bangladesh is in doubt because of concerns over a recent surge in Covid cases and a clash with the rescheduled IPL.

Eoin Morgan’s side are due to fly to Dhaka in late September for three ODIs and as many T20Is, before heading to Pakistan for a pair of T20s on October 14 and 15 – part of their preparation for the T20 World Cup in the UAE.

But it is understood the Bangladesh Cricket Board are considering postponing England’s visit – a move that would go down well with their Indian counterparts, who are keen for as many of the two nations’ star players to take part in the IPL as possible. 

Ashley Giles, the ECB’s managing director of England men’s cricket, recently said the international game would take priority after dates emerged for the IPL, which was postponed mid-tournament in early May because of the pandemic. 

But the decision could be taken out of their hands by the BCB, who are always keen to maintain close links with India's organising body the BCCI. And that could free up English players to take part in the IPL.

Meanwhile, Pakistan authorities have denied that England’s planned visit – their first to the country since 2005-06 – is under threat.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani told Sportsmail: ‘Wasim Khan has been in discussions with the ECB and agreed the tour arrangements with Tom Harrison. As far as we are concerned, the visit is going ahead.’

But the two-match trip finishes only eight days before England are due to play their first game in the T20 World Cup against Australia, leaving little time for quarantine arrangements heading into the UAE. Those are still being discussed between the ICC and Emirati governments.

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