Australia to tour Bangladesh after World Cup

February 28, 2011

Australia are all set to tour Bangladesh right after the World Cup as they are due in the capital on April 4 to play three one-day games. But the home side could be without their backroom staff.
The four-time world champions will play a practice match on April 7 at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium before they play all three ODIs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on April 9, 11, and 13.
With the tour so soon after the World Cup and with the contracts of most of the Tigers’ coaching staff expiring at the end of March, the onus will be on the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to settle the issue. Julien Fountain (fielding coach), Ian Pont (bowling coach), Grant Luden (trainer) and Michael Henry (physio) are all contracted till March 31. When asked of the board’s decision, media committee chairman Jalal Younus said that the discussions would begin in a few days.
“Since Australia are arriving on March 4, we will negotiate with them for a long-term contract and it will be done very soon. This was proposed by the technical committee and it will be approved by the board,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Bangla-desh A team will tour South Africa for three weeks to play two four-day games and three one-dayers against their counterparts. The team will set off on April 4 and return on April 23.

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