India vs Bangladesh Test Series Announced For February 2017: India will play a historic one-off Test match against Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad from February 8, 2017 — the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday.

This will be the first time Bangladesh will visit India to play in the longest format of the cricket, 17 years since gaining their Test status in 2000.

Ind v Ban
Ind v Ban

The Indians have toured Bangladesh for a Test series five times but India haven’t hosted Bangladesh, thus, this is an historic Test match. The Indian team holds the upper hand winning 6 out of 8 Test matches played against Bangladesh so far.

“As a leading Test playing nation it is BCCI’s responsibility to give opportunity to every Test playing nation. It is my pleasure to announce the historic one-off Test match against our neighbours – Bangladesh early next year. This will be a great addition to our home season 2016-17,” said BCCI president Anurag Thakur in a press release.

His counterpart, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan, added: “For the cricketers who will be representing Bangladesh and India, this will be a much anticipated game and given the competitive nature of their limited overs matches in the recent past, I believe the clash between these two cricket crazy nations will catch the imagination. The long wait for us to play a Test match on Indian soil is finally over and this is a time for celebration.”

In all, India’s 2016-17 home season will include 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20Is, 13 Tests equals the world record for the highest number of Tests in a home season. Apart from Bangladesh, New Zealand, England and Australia will also visit during the season.

The one-off Test against Bangladesh will be played a week after the limited-overs series against England concludes in Bangalore on February 1.