Bangladesh to play seven red-ball matches to prepare for 'grueling Test schedule'

The Bangladesh fielders had a tough day on the opening day of the second Test AFP/Getty Images

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has lined up seven red-ball games for Bangladesh as the focus shifts from T20Is to the World Test Championship for the rest of the year. Bangladesh have Test series against Pakistan, India, South Africa and West Indies left in their 2023-25 WTC cycle.

The Test cricketers will play three four-day matches in Chattogram next month. The home matches will be followed by two four-day matches against Pakistan A in Darwin from July 19 to 29. The Bangladesh A team will then travel to Pakistan in August to play two four-day matches against the same opponents. Additionally, New Zealand A are also scheduled to tour Bangladesh in August or September.

Bangladesh players have also been involved in training camps since May in Chattogram and Sylhet. BCB's cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus said that the Test players are "progressing well" in the camps, adding that the four-day games against strong opponents will help them in the WTC matches.

"We can give them the best preparation ahead of the grueling Test schedule in the coming months," Yunus said. "The rest is up to the players. I have been following the Bangladesh Tigers camp, which is going well."

The Bangladesh's senior men's team is likely to travel to Pakistan on August 17 for two Tests, venues and dates for which are yet to be announced. After Pakistan, they will play two Tests against India in Chennai and Kanpur, followed by three T20Is.

Bangladesh could tour India twice in three months if the BCB agree with the Afghanistan Cricket Board's revised schedule for two white-ball series in late July. The ACB have proposed to play three ODIs and three T20Is in Greater Noida in their new itenerary. The tour was initially postponed in March keeping in mind Bangladesh's workload in 2024, but now with the Champions Trophy also in their agenda, the BCB is considering this tour since they only have three ODIs scheduled between now and next February.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the series is still in the "discussion" phase as the BCB is not too keen on playing in Noida during July due to the weather conditions.

After the bilateral series in India in September, Bangladesh will host South Africa for two home Tests in October, and then tour West Indies for a full series in November and December.