The Bangladesh Cricket Board Wednesday announced that the national team will travel to Sri Lanka a month before the series, accompanied by the BCB High Performance Unit
Bangladesh cricket team are all set to return to the international arena as the Tigers are supposed to tour Sri Lanka and start their first Test series in the post corona world in late October.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board Wednesday announced that the national team will travel to the island nation a month before the series, accompanied by the BCB High Performance Unit.
The announcement came after BCB operations committee chairman Akram Khan held a meeting with two selectors - Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar - along with HP Unit chairman Naimur Rahman regarding the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
With the current Covid-19 situation throughout the world, it is assumed that the players will have to go through a 14-day period of quarantine after landing in Sri Lanka, and the HP Unit players will provide vital support to the national team cricketers before facing Sri Lanka HCP side in their own endeavor, a full series.
It is expected, with the pandemic situation still very much around, Sri Lanka Cricket will not allow any local side to play practice games against visiting Bangladesh side, and hence, the HP Unit members will be the only resort for the important net and match practices.
The big legion of national team and the HP Unit will leave the country at least a month before the Test series as they may have to undergo quarantine and need time to acclimatize to the conditions in Sri Lanka.
Akram said the players will leave Dhaka on around September 23 with the Test series likely to start on October 24.
“We will go there on September 23 while the Test series will start from October 24,” said Akram.
“We will have a 10- to 12-day camp here and later go to Sri Lanka. We will have a corona test here and after going there we will also have corona test.
“Right now they are saying only about Colombo as the facilities are good there, but these things are still in discussion,” he added.
Meanwhile, the tour itinerary created an opportunity for premier all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who is currently serving a ban imposed by International Cricket Council, as his ban will be lifted on October 29.
So, he may play the matches after the first Test of the tour and it was learnt that BCB president Nazmul Hasan had already spoken with him about his presence with the side in the tour.
The board is keen to deploy the talisman as soon he is allowed to play.
However, with the current sanction, he cannot practice with the side before October 29.
For that reason, Shakib is planning to hold his personal training from next month at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan and Akram said they will access his mental and physical state before taking any decision regarding his return to international fold.
“Look he cannot practice with us till October 28. After the ban is lifted we need to see his fitness and mental state before deciding anything. Later after assessing his condition we will talk with the team management and see if he is ready to play,” said former captain Akram.
“We are aware that he is an important player and our strength will be bolstered through his presence,” he added.
With the current Covid-19 situation, Bangladesh are also missing the service of their foreign coaches as many of them are facing travel ban to Bangladesh but Akram is hopeful they will join soon.
“We are hopeful that our foreign coaches will be available by the first week of September,” he concluded.