With travel restrictions set by the majority of the countries, it is likely that the final part of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan will be shelved until the situation gets better, or if the two countries can find a common window later to play the matches
Bangladesh’s third and final phase of the tour of Pakistan is in jeopardy due to the rising concerns of the coronavirus epidemic around the globe.
Many major sporting events in the world, including those of cricket, have either been suspended midway or postponed.
And with travel restrictions set by the majority of the countries, it is likely that the final part of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan will be shelved until the situation gets better, or if the two countries can find a common window later to play the matches.
Bangladesh were scheduled to travel to Pakistan on March 29 to play the one-off ODI and the second and the final Test match of the series.
Both matches are scheduled to be held in Karachi.
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BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed Saturday that they are waiting to hear from Pakistan Cricket Board regarding Bangladesh team’s visit to the country for the third time in four months.
With the escalating concerns of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, BCB last week was forced to postpone a mega concert and a two-match T20I series between a World XI and Asia XI to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
England cricket team left Sri Lanka before the series could even begin, while New Zealand called off the series against host Australia after the first of three ODIs.
The ODI series between South Africa and host India has also been cancelled halfway through, while the India Premier League T20 is now set to raise its curtain on April 15 instead of March 29.
In the ongoing edition of the Pakistan Super League T20 in Pakistan, at least 10 overseas cricketers have left the tournament before completion with rising concerns of the virus that has been termed “pandemic” by World Health Organization.
“Pakistan as host will need to take the decision. We are waiting to hear from them,” said Nizamuddin to the media.
“We are aware that around nine to 10 overseas cricketers have left from the PSL. We are waiting to hear a decision from the PCB. We are the travelling team and can take a decision anytime. Fresh directives are coming everyday on travel and guidelines on what to do and not if you are going anywhere,” the BCB high-up added.
“We are of course concerned [of rising concerns of the virus and travelling] and we are monitoring it closely. We hope that PCB will soon make a decision [on Bangladesh’s tour],” said Nizamuddin.
Since the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China in December last year, more than 133,000 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in 125 countries, including over 4,900 deaths.
Bangladesh in their first two phases of the series in January-February, played a three-T20I series and the first Test.