Before the two-match Test series against South Africa, the Bangladesh Cricket Board plans to send its Test team to the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy in Cape Town. Since COVID-19, both red and white-ball players have travelled together, according to BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

“Previously, red-ball and white-ball cricketers would go separately for an international trip, but thanks to Covid-19, we will be sending all of the players to South Africa together,” Nizamuddin added. “As a result, we’re considering sending players of the Test team to the academy while we’re away playing ODIs. Following the ODIs, the whole team will get together to prepare for the Test series,” he said. Kirsten is likely to be available for three days if he can make it during the Test team’s stay in Cape Town, which will be led by batting coach Jamie Siddons. Ryan Cook, their previous fielding coach, will also be there, since he currently works there.

Bangladesh will depart for South Africa on March 12 for a trip that will go from March 18 to April 9 and include three One-Day Internationals and two Tests. The BCB had hired Kirsten as a consultant in May 2018 to assist them in finding a new coach.