Cricket Australia (CA) intends to change the 2-match Test series against Bangladesh in advance. The CA requests BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) to reschedule the test series scheduled in the year 2027.
The unexpected shifting has flashed discussion and left fans questioning about the international cricket rescheduling.
Earlier, the authorities confirmed that the Bangladesh Tour of Australia would take place in March 2027.
Surprisingly, the CA requests BCB to prepone the test series by playing early in August to September 2026.
Furthermore, the CA plans to expand the 3-match test series against New Zealand ahead of the Bangladesh test series.
Though the request is still under consideration, the CA plans 4 years ahead of the test series due to certain crucial reasons.
CA requests BCB to prepone the test series: Crucial Reasons revealed
Here are the crucial reasons why Cricket Australia requests BCB to alter the test schedule in advance:
CA requests BCB to reschedule the test series because of the 150th test anniversary against England in the 2026-27 summer. Australia plans to host the two-test match series in Melbourne that includes the grand event as well.
BCB Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury clarified that the request made by the CA is still under review. The entire board is working on an alternative plan considering the importance of the Aussies National duty.
Amidst the busy international schedule for both teams, the CA has requested the BCB to ensure that the series is organized smoothly.
Since Bangladesh earned its test status, Australia as hosts has played only a test series against the Tigers Squad in 2003.
Bangladesh has played a two-match test series in Australia in 2003. It has been more than 20 years since Bangladesh has played any series on the Australian ground.
Earlier, the Aussies extended their invitation to Bangladesh to play a bilingual series of 2 tests and 3 ODIs on Australian soil. Unexpectedly, the broadcaster’s indifference to the series led to the cancellation of the tour.
Similarly, the authorities canceled the Australian tour of Bangladesh in 2015 due to security reasons. Later, organizers rescheduled the series and was played in 2017.
Previously, the Australians were set to travel to Bangladesh ahead of the 5-match T20I series in June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series was postponed and played in August 2021.
To ensure that the series takes place smoothly without any disruptions, the CA requests the BCB to modify the schedule of the test series in 2027.
Marked with a busy summer calendar, the decision made by the CA helps to provide numerous advantages by considering the rescheduling of the test series:
- The forthcoming series for Bangladesh would allow a more balanced and manageable schedule.
- At the same time, a potential clash will be avoided with other domestic and international cricket events.
Importantly, the financial considerations for the upcoming grand event could be the prime reason for the CA to prioritize the most special occasion.
Moreover, hosting the 150th-test anniversary against England in 2026-27 summer would generate substantial revenue.
Probably, rescheduling the 2-match test series between August to September 2026 will provide a competitive advantage for the Aussies.
Probably, a busy schedule for the Aussies might help to sustain their peak form which can diminish the winning chances for the Tigers Squad.
CA requests BCB to prepone the test series: Impact on Bangladesh and Australia
As the CA requests BCB to prepone the test series, there is a major impact on both Australia and Bangladesh. Australia prioritizing its 150th test match in a series against England to host at Melbourne as their tradition requires careful consideration.
Rescheduling the test series against Australia will position the BCB land in jeopardy.
BCB needs to modify the overall schedule to adjust according to domestic and international commitments.
Possibly, it can lead to logistical challenges as well as affect the players’ lack of physical fitness and emotional strength.
Rescheduling the test series during the peak summer season between August to September 2026 could favor the hosts. The sweltering heat and the familiar playing conditions on the pitch give the Aussies a significant advantage.
Preponing the test series can break Bangladesh’s winning momentum and can influence the consistent form of the players.
Back-to-back series and tournaments with high-intensity matches can cause Player Burnout for the Aussie cricketers. It would become a formidable challenge for the Australian cricketers to maintain consistent form throughout the demanding schedule.
From another point of view, certain individuals might see Cricket Australia’s request to BCB as prioritizing financial profit and national prestige over international responsibilities. Australia’s reputation as a fair and reliable cricketing partner may face the possibility of deterioration.
Additionally, organizing a test series on a busy summer schedule could lead to various challenges such as:
- Ground Availability
- Player Workload management
- Fans engagement
However, BCB is likely to accept Australia’s request ahead of the series as there are many years left for the preparation.
Rescheduling the test series ahead of the grand event helps Australia celebrate its 150th test anniversary in Melbourne.
Moreover, the Aussies were one of the first two teams to achieve a test status.
Australia played its centenary test in 1977 at MCG, following their first test match in 1877. Notably, the same venue was organized 100 years after the first test match. Interestingly, Australia won those matches with the same margin of 45 runs. At the same time, if BCB rejects Australia’s request, possibly the hosts might cancel the series against the Tigers Squad.