Bangladesh will play ODI and T20 series against Afghanistan at home this month. After the series, the Tigers will fly to South Africa to play a two-Test and three-match ODI series. For the first time, Bangladesh will play in Centurion, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, the main venues of South Africa.
The tour started with the ODI series. Will end in Test series. The first Test is in Durban on March 31-April 4 and the second Test is on April 8-12 in Port Elizabeth. The Tigers will play their first Test in Durban and Port Elizabeth. ODIs in three ICC Super Leagues and Tests in two ICC Test Championships. However, Shakib Al Hasan will not play in the two Tests of the South African season if he gets a team in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting March 26.
According to a report in the cricket media, Shakib will play 3 ODIs of the tour even if he does not play Tests. He is leaving the Test series mainly for the IPL.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Cricket Operations Department Chairman Jalal Yunus told the media that Shakib will definitely play ODIs in South Africa. However, he has not yet informed the board about the Test match. However, the next schedule for the two-Test tour of Sri Lanka is from May 3 to May 25. Tiger all-rounder will be with the national team this time.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are going to South Africa to play the fourth Test series. The Muminuls last played Tests in the country in 2017. Shakib Al Hasan did not play in the service series asking for rest. Shakib, who is in rhythm, may play this time. However, Tiger T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyadh will not be seen. He said goodbye to Test cricket. Mushfiqur Rahim was the Tiger captain in the last tour. This time he will play under the leadership of Muminul Haque.