Bangladesh will get to play a warm-up game ahead of the lone Test in the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe after the host nation agreed to cut short the quarantine period. As such, the visitors will now be able to squeeze in a two-day warm-up fixture before the one-off Test, due to start on July 7, at the Queen’s Sports Club, Bulawayo.
As per the agreement, Bangladesh are scheduled to arrive in Zimbabwe on the 29th of June, spend the next day quarantining before starting preparations for the Test match from July 1 onward. “We will have to do one-day quarantine and later we will do our regular activities (from July1),” Akram Khan, BCB cricket operation chairman, told reporters on Wednesday (June 9).
Bangladesh are touring Zimbabwe for a full series consisting of one Test, three one-day internationals and three twenty20 internationals. While the Test match will be played at Bulawayo, Harare will play host to the entire white-ball segment of the tour. The warm-up game is of vital importance for the visitors, who last featured in a Test match back in April-May 2021, against Sri Lanka.
The national players are currently playing in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL), one of the prominent domestic T20 tournaments of Bangladesh. The tournament is scheduled to end on the 26th of June, giving the Test team very little time in terms of a camp at home.
‘”We have not planned for any practice at home but we need to talk with the head coach to know his mind,” said Akram. “There can be Test cricketers in DPL teams that won’t reach the Super League of the tournament and in that case they will be free. If they are keen to do practice we will surely make some arrangements for them,” he further added.
One-off Test – July 7-11, Queen’s Sports Club, Bulawayo
ODIs – July 16, 18, 20, Harare Sports Club (All)
T20Is – July 23, 25, 27, , Harare Sports Club (All)