Australia looking to tour Bangladesh in 2017


Australia are likely to tour Bangladesh in 2017 to play their two-Test series after they withdrew due to security concerns in October last year.

The Australia team received a government advisory about 'threats to Australian interest' in the Asian country on the eve of their departure and Cricket Australia decided to pull the plug on the tour.

The Australia under 19 side also withdrew from the World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year but Cricket Australia are keen to for the matches to go ahead next year.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: "We've had discussions offline with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

They know and understand that we're absolutely committed to playing that [postponed] tour, obviously subject to security matters that we need to go through in preparation for that tour.

"But we're very much looking forward to getting back to Bangladesh and playing cricket over there."

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo: "After discussions with Cricket Australia, we are at the final stages of finalising the commitment for their tour to Bangladesh next year, and we will announce the tour dates once everything is confirmed."