Bangladesh was expected to play a Test in Ireland in 2020 as per the Future Tour Programme (FTP), which could be the country’s only second Test since being a regular member of ICC.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed with Ireland's proposal to convert the one-off Test against them into a T20 series as the Irish Cricket Board wants to concentrate more on the shortest form of the cricket, keeping the World T20 in mind.
Bangladesh was expected to play a Test in Ireland in 2020 as per the Future Tour Programme (FTP), which could be the country's only second Test since being the regular member of ICC.
Ireland on Monday announced that they want to bring up changes to their FTP 2020, which includes the cancellation of a five-match T20I series against Afghanistan and the conversion of the one-off Test vs Bangladesh into a T20I.
"It was their call that they wanted to play shorter version cricket instead of the Test match," BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said here today.
"What we understand that they want to prepare them for the shorter version of the cricket." He continued: "According to FTP schedule there was a Test and that is what agreed upon by the board. But now they feel that they cannot
play the Test for certain reasons."
Chowdhury said that the Cricket Ireland didn't disclose the reasons behind their move.
"They did not disclose the reasons though we understood that the reason behind it is financial. They have told us that they have certain limitation and so they wanted to play shorter version cricket," he said.
Earlier, Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom stated that financial challenges faced by the board have been the catalyst for such a decision.
With Ireland not being part of the Test Championship, Deutrom brought up the absence of 'context' in the lone Test at home, and the fact that there is a T20 World Cup and an ODI league to look ahead to. "The first area of prioritisation for 2020 has been white ball cricket over red ball. Like all Irish cricket fans, we would love nothing more than to be competing on all three fronts – Tests, ODIs and T20Is," he said.
"Unfortunately, our financial constraints have led us to cut the home Test match next year. As the Test does not form part of the World Test Championship, the one-off match lacks context", he added.
For effectively a 'friendly' one, the expected costs for hosting the Test would be over EUR 1 million, with little expectation of creating revenue streams to cover the costs of hosting."