Vol. 5 Num 601 Sun. February 05, 2006  

Tours itinerary of 2006 home series released

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday that north-Bengal town Bogra will host its first international matches during Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh in February-March.

Sri Lanka arrive in Dhaka on February 17 and begin their tour in Bogra with back-to-back one-day internationals (day-night) at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium, which got the approval of the ICC last month, on February 19 and 20.

The Lankans will return to Bogra to play the second and final Test (March 6-10) after playing the third ODI (February 24) and the first Test (Feb 27-Mar 3) in Chittagong.

Before hosting Australia in their only other home series this year, Bangladesh will play three ODIs against ICC associate members Kenya on March 15, 17 and 20. The venues are yet to be decided. Kenya will also play a warm-up match during their 12-day stay.

The BCB also released the itinerary of Australia's visit with the first Test scheduled to play in Dhaka from April 10-14. However, the matches in Dhaka will only be played if any of the two under-construction venues, Mirpur Stadium and Fatullah Stadium, receive ICC's approval.

Australia, who are due in Dhaka on April 6 for a 24-day trip, will play the second Test in Chittagong (April 16-20), the first ODI also in the port city (April 23) and the last two one-dayers in Dhaka on April 26 and 28.