Following the announcement by Bangladesh’s opposition of their intention to hold a demonstration in Dhaka on the same day as the one-day international match against India that was scheduled for the following month, the Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to relocate the match.
India will come in Bangladesh the following week for their first visit since 2015. They will begin their stay with a one-day international series on December 4, with all three matches being initially slated to take place in Dhaka. This will be India’s first tour since 2015.
The third match of the series, which was originally scheduled to take place in Dhaka on December 10, has been moved to the coastal city of Chittagong. This decision was made in order to circumvent a rally being held in Dhaka by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which is anticipated to draw hundreds of thousands of people onto the city’s streets.
Since the beginning of this month, the BNP has organised and participated in a number of massive protests around the nation in a bid to coerce Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government into resigning.
“Chittagong had been pencilled in to play host to one Test match at one point. We were of the opinion that there should also be an ODI played there “Jalal Yunus, the operations chief for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), stated this information to AFP on Wednesday.
Jalal declined to comment on whether the protest was responsible for the late venue change, but the publication New Age quoted an unnamed BCB official as saying that the board had made the decision to avoid the rally.
Additionally, Bangladesh will play host to India for two Test matches throughout the month of December. The matches will take place in Chittagong from December 14-18 and in Dhaka from December 22-26.