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.
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.