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Bangladesh's proposed tour of India in April next year for a full Test and one-day series has been scrapped with cricket boards in both the countries finding it tough to squeeze it in an already crammed itinerary.

Though Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary S K Nair said an offical confirmation could be made in this regard only after ''some more communication'' between the cricket boards of both the countries, he admitted ''Postponing the tour was on the cards since we were hard pressed for time.'' '' It was always an option and I'm also aware that Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar has already made an announcement that the tour has been deferred,'' he said. Under the ICC Future Test Programme (FTP), India would have to host Bangladesh next year.

Earlier, news reports in Dhaka quoted the BCB chief as saying, ''I have had talks with the officials of the BCCI...and it has been decided that we will not tour India in April. It is mainly because both the sides (are) pressed for time.'' India is scheduled to host Pakistan in March-April for three Test and five one-dayer matches. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will tour England in May.

BCCI has the option of hosting Bangladesh in June-July. Earlier last year, India had deferred its tour of Bangladesh to December because of the Pakistan tour.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.