Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to shift the venue for the three One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe from Chattogram to Sylhet, in order to give the ICC-accredited venue some international games, the board confirmed to Cricbuzz on Sunday (February 9).
Initially, the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium of Chattogram was expected to host the 50-over games as per the itinerary of the home series against Zimbabwe that comprised of a one-off Test along with three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals, starting from February 22.
“We have decided to change the venue of the ODIs against Zimbabwe in order to give Sylhet more exposure and international attention,” said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury. “We must make sure that all the ICC accredited venues have the chance to host some international match or the others and so we decided to shift the ODIs in Sylhet,” he said, adding that Chattogram will host Australia for a two-match Test series scheduled in June and July.
“ZACS will certainly have the opportunity during the home series against Australia,” he said.
Zimbabwe are expected to arrive in Bangladesh on February 15 and scheduled to play a two-day practice match against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI on February 18-19 before playing the solitary Test from February 22 to 26 in Dhaka.
They will then travel to Sylhet for a three-match ODI series scheduled to be played on March 1,3 and 6, after which they will return to Dhaka for the two T20Is on March 9 and 11.