Bangladesh were set to play a three-Test series in Sri Lanka between July and August but it was postponed due to the global pandemic. That tour is now possibly on the cards again for October and could also combine a three-round T20I series, pending approval from the Sri Lankan government and health ministry.

However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) wants one of the Tests replaced by the three T20I matches while the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) would rather that there be three matches apiece of each of the two formats.

"We want to play a three-match T20I series, and we are hopeful of getting a reply from SLC," said BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan.

"The tour schedule isn't finalised but we are likely to leave for Colombo on September 24 and the first Test could be held in the middle of October. We will finalise our plans by this week."

Along with the senior team, BCB's high-performance squad might also come along to assist with practice matches, due to the SLC's reported inability to provide a team for tour games, as per Khan.

Should it go ahead, the Test series, which is also part of the World Test Championship, will be the first international series to be played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since the pandemic-induced break.

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