Cricket resumed at the end of last year after a notable number of international cricket series were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020. However, we missed some FTP fixtures due to the pandemic. Cricketers are now not getting enough rest while playing the international series. In light of this, the BCCI has confirmed that India will play two international series at the same time in July and August. What would the XIs be if Bangladesh's ODI and Test Teams Played on the Same Day? We form two separate Bangladesh national teams for Test and ODI format in this article.
ICC's initiatives to resume cricket
Bringing cricket back to the field was the biggest challenge for the international cricket council. Initially, ICC’s medical board handed over a guideline manual to the cricket boards across the world, and the cricket committee had taken some important decisions to create a bio-secure environment for the players.
Following their advice, Cricket boards across the world are now organized international series by encapsulating the players in a bio-secure bubble. However, spectators are not permitted to come into the stadium for the time being in order to maintain social distance.
Is playing two international series simultaneously realistic?
It was predicted that ICC will face difficulty organizing the suspended matches when the situation gets normal. That prediction came true as we saw ICC had to cancel a notable number of international series due to the complexity of the schedule. Many think that two international series can be played simultaneously to solve this problem. But is it possible to make two squads for teams other than Australia, England, New Zealand, and India?
The Indian Cricket Board has already confirmed that two separate teams will be announced for the July and August tours to England and Sri Lanka. Both teams will be representing India simultaneously. In July, the Indian white-ball team will face Sri Lanka for ODI and T20I series, while Virat Kohli will lead the Indian red-ball team in a five-match Test series against England in July-August. India has shown that two separate international teams can be formed.
Is BCB ready to accept two separate teams for Test and ODI?
If a circumstance like this appears in the near future, is BCB ready to develop entirely independent Test and ODI teams? The Cricket Board has a lot of very good players, but the reality is, BCB is not ready to accept the formation of two separate national cricket teams for Bangladesh at this moment.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board officials previously told the media that they are exploring the option of forming separate teams for each format, but little has been done other than the selection of different captains for each format. The pandemic coronavirus has taught us that we must be ready for any situation that arises.
Senior players are picked for Test cricket because the longer version format requires a test of maturity and patience. Mominul Haque is our choice to lead the Bangladesh Test side. On the other hand, Bangladesh thrives in limited-over cricket. However, we put an emphasis on selecting young cricketers for the One-Day International format. We believe they can provide the team with a lot of energy and variety. We pick veteran Mahmudullah Riyad to lead the Bangladesh ODI team.
Bangladesh Test XI:
Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Bangladesh ODI XI:
Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahadi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain
Several international and domestic cricket series were deferred last year in the wake of the pandemic coronavirus. By the end of 2020, all kinds of cricket-related activities resumed cricket and we've had a good amount of international series in the last six months. BCB has now realized that they should be prepared for any circumstance. Then all kinds of problems will be easy to solve. If Bangladesh's ODI and Test Teams Played on the Same Day, the cricket board would have no trouble forming separate squads if they developed players for each format.