India to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs, two Tests: Details
The schedule of India's 2023 tour of Bangladesh was announced on Thursday. The tour comprises of three ODIs and a couple of Test matches which will be played in December. While the limited-overs games will kick-start on December 4, the Test series will get underway on December 14. The tour is scheduled soon after the ODI World Cup in India.
Why does this story matter?
- This will be India's first bilateral assignment on Bangladesh soil since 2015.
- While the Men in Blue lost the ODI series 1-2 on that tour, the one-off Test got abandoned due to rain.
- Meanwhile, Team India last visited Bangladesh in 2016 for the T20 Asia Cup.
- MS Dhoni's men were invincible throughout the tournament as they clinched the title.
What did the BCB president say?
BCB President Nazmul Hassan thanked BCCI for confirming the schedule. "The Bangladesh-India matches in recent history have given us some epic contests and fans from both countries are eagerly waiting for another memorable series," he said in an official statement. "I thank BCCI for working closely with the BCB in confirming the schedule. We look forward to welcoming the Indian team," he added.
Jay Shah extends wishes to BCB
Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Jay Shah talked about the crucial World Test Championship points which will be up for grabs. "I extend my best wishes to the Bangladesh Cricket Board for the upcoming bilateral series featuring India," he said. "With the crucial World Test Championship points at stake, the two Test matches are very important, and both teams will go hard for the win."
History between the two teams
India have dominated Bangladesh across all formats, winning 49 and losing just six games. At home, the Bangla Tigers have four victories and 26 defeats against their neighboring team. India have won nine of the 11 Tests they have played against Bangladesh. The other two Tests ended in a draw. In ODIs, Bangladesh have five victories while India came on top 30 times.
Last meeting between India and Bangladesh
The two sides last crossed swords in 2019, when Bangladesh toured India for three T20Is and two Test matches. While Bangladesh stunned India in the T20I series opener, the Men in Blue clinched the series by winning the following two games. The Bangla Tigers lost both Test matches by comprehensive margins. Notably, both sides played their first-ever Day-Night Test in that very series.