Coronavirus outbreak: Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka postponed
Bangladesh's upcoming tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The two cricket boards decided to schedule the tour to a later date. Sri Lanka were supposed to host Bangladesh for a three-Test series in July. However, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) refused to tour Sri Lanka, citing lack of preparation. Here is more on the same.
The Test series was part of ICC Test Championship
As per the schedule, the three Test matches to be played in Colombo, Galle and Kandy, are all part of the ICC World Test Championship. Earlier, BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan revealed the possibility of conducting the series as planned, is low. The Sri Lanka cricket board was trying to get BCB on board for rescheduling the series.
The players did not show any interest: Akram Khan
Akram said a number of senior Bangladesh cricketers were against the idea of travelling during the pandemic. "Yes we had spoken with some of the players and they did not show any interest [to tour during that point of time]," Khan stated. "I think chances are very slim about the Sri Lanka tour commencing on scheduled time frame."
The players are deprived of training
"We cannot go there without proper preparation. Players are out of cricket for long time so after returning to cricket they will at least need 40 days training comprised with one month skill training following a 10 days fitness camp," Akram added.
New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh postponed
On Tuesday, New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. Reportedly, the two cricket boards, mutually agreed to push the tour to a later date this year. The tour has been called-off in order to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. The two-match Test series was scheduled to be played in August-September as a part of ICC World Test Championship.
When will cricket resume in Bangladesh?
All the cricket activities in Bangladesh have been suspended since March, owing to COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, the former captain Mashrafe Mortaza was tested positive for coronavirus. The 36-year-old is presently under home-quarantine at his residence in Dhaka. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if the Bangladesh Cricket Board initiates the training camp for resumption of cricket, under present circumstances.