Further progress with regards to India's ODI tour of Bangladesh in June was made during the ICC's two-day board meeting in Dubai. While a tour in Bangladesh this June as per the Future Tours Programme was always on the cards, a re-confirmation was received in Dubai.
According to a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official, the two boards had been discussing the dates for a while now and there have also been talks about a possible addition of Test matches. In Dubai, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the BCB had exchanged dates upon which there will be further negotiations. The three ODIs, however, have a good chance of taking place in the second week of June.
Speaking to The Daily Star over the phone, BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, “The tour is definitely on. The BCCI has confirmed it. We had a fruitful discussion at the sidelines of the ICC's board meeting and they have submitted their dates. We will have to finalise them,” he said.
The BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon also had separate meetings with the BCCI with regards to the other bilateral tours. The president is reportedly pushing for a Test in Kolkata this year, an issue which could have been on his agenda.
While India has played a number of ODIs in Bangladesh in various tournaments, the last time they played a bilateral ODI series was back in 2007, immediately after the World Cup in which India lost to the Tigers and exited early. After the mega tournament, Bangladesh lost the three-match ODI series 2-0. The last time India played a bilateral Test series against Bangladesh was in 2010 when they won a two-match Test series 2-0.
So far India have played 16 ODIs in Bangladesh and won 14 of them.