Dhaka - Bangladesh cricket authorities on Friday expressed
disappointment after Australia called off a tour by the Asian nation this year
because it was not financially viable.
The Tigers were to play two Tests and three one-day
internationals in Australia in August and September.
"Australia communicated to us that the series could not
be arranged for financial reasons. It is very unfortunate as we were hoping
that the series would be a good playing opportunity for our players,"
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.
Bangladesh have not visited Australia since 2008 when they
played three one-day internationals. The minnows have not played a Test in
Australia since 2003.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland told the
Cricinfo website that the Test series could not be arranged as it coincided
with Australia's football season and it was difficult to find a broadcaster.
The BCB chief executive said Bangladesh had proposed a
shorter series but did not get a response from Australian authorities.
Bangladesh hosted Australia for a two-Test series last year
which ended in a draw.