NZ's Bangladesh Tests put off

Friday, 25 March 2011 02:55 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

New Zealand's scheduled two cricket Tests in Bangladesh in May have been postponed until next year.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) sought a postponement due to the oppressive weather conditions in the subcontinental country during May.

Its Bangladeshi counterpart agreed to the request and the two Tests will now be played in 2012.

The tests were originally due to be played in Bangladesh last October, until the hosts agreed to an approach from NZC to play those matches at a later date and extend the one-day series between the nations from three to five matches as both prepared for the World Cup, presently being played in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“We welcome the decision and believe it is a sensible outcome,” NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said.

“Bangladesh is extremely hot and humid in May and June with cricket rarely played during that time of year.

“The option to postpone until 2012, where the cricket calendar is less cluttered, also gives our top players the option to freshen up after a long and intensive period of cricket.”