Bangladesh cricket team will play 3 ODI’s and 2 Test matches in South Africa from 18th March- 11th April 2022. The bilateral tour will begin with the ODI series and culminate with the Test Series on 11 April 2022.
Bangladesh is fielding their best team for the tour. The Bangladeshi cricket superstar Shakib Al Hasan is also available to play for all the formats in the tour of South Africa.
In terms of availability, South Africa are in some sorts of bother as the IPL is beginning on March 26 and there are a few players named in the test squad who are also a part of the IPL. According to CSA’s selection convener Victor Mpitsang.
“We will have more clarity on the six players who are part of the Test group in the next couple of days.”
Current Form South Africa:
South Africa have beaten India by 3-0 in the recently conducted ODI series. At their home ground, South Africa are a very difficult side to beat. Their middle order including David Miller and Rassie Van der Dussen have been in sublime form along with the top order including Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock. South Africa will go as clear favorites into the bilateral series.
Current Form Bangladesh:
Bangladesh have been in terrific form off late. They beat Afghanistan in the ODI series at home by 2-1 and tied the T20I series at 1-1. The opener Litton Das seems to be in good touch and will play a key role in the upcoming tour of South Africa.
ODI Series schedule
18 March, 2022 – 1st ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion- 4:30pm IST
20 March, 2022 – 2nd ODI, The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg- 1:30pm IST
23 March, 2022 – 3rd ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion- 4:30pm IST
Test Series schedule
31 March- 4 April, 2022 – 1st Test, Kingsmead, Durban- 1:30pm IST
8 April- 12 April, 2022- 2nd Test, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth- 1:30pm IST
Let’s have a look at the squads:
South Africa ODI: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj (vc), Quinton de Kock (wk), Zubayr Hamza, Marco Jansen, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.
Bangladesh ODI: Tamim Iqbal (c), Khaled Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Litton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk & vc), Mustafizur Rahman, Najmul Hossain Shanto.
South Africa Test: TBA
Bangladesh Test: Mominul Haque (c), Khaled Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Litton Das (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan (wk), Ebadot Hossain, Tamim Iqbal (vc), Shadman Islam, Shohidul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Taijul Islam, Abu Jayed Rahi, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain Shanto
IPL 2022: South Africa Players Set to Skip Bangladesh Tests For T20 League
South Africa are likely to field a depleted squad for the two home Tests against Bangladesh starting March 18, with all their red-ball players choosing to play for various franchises in the IPL 2022.
The Cricket South Africa (CSA), earlier this month, allowed the players to choose between the IPL and their Test commitments against Bangladesh. And the players in a unanimous decision have prefered the IPL over the two Tests.
According to an agreement between the two boards, CSA has historically provided their players with NOCs to participate in the IPL and have not organised fixtures at the same time. However, this year is different, with an expanded IPL and an autumn series against Bangladesh.
“The original agreement with the BCCI was that we would release our players for the IPL. But the IPL window has gotten bigger, and our agreement remains the same,” an insider told ESPNcricinfo.
This decision means that South Africa will be without their entire front-line seam attack against Bangladesh. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are contracted to the Punjab Kings and the Delhi Capitals, respectively, while Marco Jansen is set to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, there is still no clarity on Anrich Nortje’s availability for the IPL. Nortje last played first-class cricket on the tour of the Caribbean in July last year and is said to be suffering from a longstanding back and hip issue.
The pacer, who has emerged as a key weapon for the Capitals, is set to be assessed by the franchise’s medical staff.
All the Test specialists are understood to have had a meeting with Mark Boucher, the head coach, with efforts being made to convince them to prioritise the Tests before heading over to India.
There is an indication that some, including Rabada, could be persuaded to stay for at least the first Test. However, it is more likely that the players will continue to play in the IPL.