Schedule of Bangladesh vs English Cricket Series 2016

There is no barrier to arrange the much awaited bilateral series between Bangladesh and England after getting a green light from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). So, England’s tour to Bangladesh will kick off on scheduled time. As per the schedule, England cricket team will arrive on September 30 to play three One Day Internationals, two Test matches and three tour matches in their month-long trip. Then, on November 2, they will leave Bangladesh for India to play a five-Test series starting on November 9. International matches will be played in two venues- Shere Bangla National Stadium (Dhaka), Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (Chittagong), while warm-up matches will be organized in Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium (Fatullah) and M. A. Aziz Stadium (Chittagong). Schedules of ODI and Test series have been given below in two separate tables:

Schedule of ODI series:

Date Teams Time Venue
October 4, 2016 (Tuesday) One-day warm-up match TBC vs England XI Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah
October 7, 2016 (Friday) 1st ODI Bangladesh vs England Local Time 13:00

GMT 07:00

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
October 9, 2016

(Sunday) 2nd ODI

Bangladesh vs England Local Time 13:00

GMT 07:00

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
October 12, 2016

(Wednesday) 3rd ODI

Bangladesh vs England Local Time 13:00

GMT 07:00

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Schedule of Test series:

Date Teams Time Venue
October 14-15, 2016 (1st Two-day Warm-up match) TBC v England XI Local Time 09:30

GMT 03:30

MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
October 16-17, 2016 (2nd Two-day Warm-up match) TBC v England XI Local Time 09:30

GMT 03:30

MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
October 20-24, 2016 (1st Test match) Bangladesh vs England Local Time 09:30

GMT 03:30

Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
October 28- November 1 (2nd Test match) Bangladesh vs England Local Time 09:30

GMT 03:30

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

England’s tour to Bangladesh in October 2016 was in doubt after a terrorist attack in July in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Citing security issues, English players and coaching staff wanted to cancel the tour. England’s limited-overs captain, Eoin Morgan, expressed his concern over the security of the team’s tour to Bangladesh later this year following the attack. According to him, neutral venues might be feasible after the incident. However, BCB chief executive, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, rejected any plan of playing England at a neutral venue.

Bangladesh ODI skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, said that he was hopeful of England’s tour in the country for the entire series that will start from next month. Bangladesh’s fielding coach, Richard Halsall, said he felt safe working in Bangladesh and was hopeful of England’s arrival. Among the foreign coaching staff of the team, he returned first after the terrorist attack.

However, this problem has come to an end with ECB’s confirmation to send their team. This decision has come after a three-member security delegation, including ECB’s security advisor Reg Dickason, the Professional Cricketers’ Association chief executive David Leatherdale and the ECB’s director of cricket operations John Carr, inspected venues ahead of the tours. They are satisfied with the level of security promised by the Bangladesh government and decided to tour Bangladesh. In addition, the BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, also said that the cricket board would also provide security for player’s family members, journalists and travelling England fans.

Dickason talked to England players, including Test captain Alastair Cook and one-day captain Eoin Morgan, about the security arrangements and the risk assessment. At that time, two other members of the security delegation- Leatherdale and Carr, were also present along with Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, and Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive.

England’s Test captain, Alastair Cook, has given his words to play the tour series. Despite his decision to be part of the team, his situation is complicated because his wife, Alice, is likely to give birth to their second child around the start of the tour. However, his decision may insist other players to do the same despite security fears before the selectors meet in the second week of September to discuss their plans. Considering the security issue, many players may decide not to travel with their cricket team. If it is the case then selectors will have to select a second-strength squad for the tour series.

Revenge vs Dominance:

Both Bangladesh and England met each other last time in the 2015 World Cup where England was beaten by Bangladesh by 15 runs and was knocked out of the tournament. So, this series will give England cricket team an opportunity to take revenge for their defeat. However, taking revenge will not be that much easy as Bangladesh cricket team is no more a weak opponent in their home soil. They defeated Zimbabwe, Pakistan, India and South Africa, and registered their four successive ODI series wins in 2015. So, there is no doubt that the host nation will try their best to continue their dominance in their home ground and increase their list of victories.

England’s batting line-up will be the main cause of concern for Bangladeshi bowlers. In their 4th ODI match against Pakistan at Nottingham, England scored 444 runs, the highest ever ODI total in the history of cricket. However, Bangladeshi batsmen are no less inferior to England’s players. Young players have already showed their class in the international arena. They are capable of chasing huge score under pressure. So, no doubt it is going to be a tough competition between these two countries.

Mustafizur Rahman will not play in the series:

Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman will not be available for the upcoming home series. He underwent shoulder surgery on August 11 in London. It will require four to five months to recover from his illness. He suffered this injury while playing for Sussex in NatWest T20 Blast. His absence will make the bowling line-up weak, but there are other bowlers who can replace him in the squad.

Fast bowling is the main strength of the bowling line-up. It is expected that selectors will choose three fast bowlers against England. They should keep in mind that England cannot play spin well. Speed-star Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny have been to Australia in order to re-examine their bowling action. Their bowling action will be reassessed by the ICC on September 8 in Brisbane. If their bowling actions get clearance then it will bring happiness to Bangladesh cricket fans. Their inclusion in the squad will increase the team’s strength.

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http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/story/1050313.html

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