SLC and concerned authorities of the country have been busy trying to work on the terms suggested by the BCB
Bangladesh Cricket Board is expecting to hear from Sri Lanka Cricket regarding the future of Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka that has been pushed into uncertainty over mismatch of terms for the touring side.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury while addressing the media Saturday informed that they are yet to get further word from their Sri Lankan counterparts with regards to the latest developments.
The BCB high-up though expressed hope of a positive outcome after SLC informed of having fruitful discussions with the relevant authorities of the government.
Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series fell into jeopardy last week after BCB president Nazmul Hasan rejected touring the island as per the health safety terms which were initially set.
Since then, SLC and concerned authorities of the country have been busy trying to work on the terms suggested by the BCB.
“As you all know we had a discussion with SLC and we gave our suggestions on terms for going ahead with the series. We did not have any further discussion since then. So far we have been informed that [SLC] is discussing our terms with the concerned authority of their country and that they had fruitful discussions. We are expecting to hear a direction from them [SLC] in a day or two,” said Nizamuddin.
BCB’s chief reason to back out from the series was owing to the 14-day strict quarantine upon reaching the island nation.
BCB insisted of being allowed to step on the field within a day or two upon reaching Sri Lanka and suggested that the initial base for the team should either be in Galle or Dambulla.
Media reports indicate SLC has been making efforts to bring the quarantine period to a minimum of seven days, and make the touring side initially set up camp in Hambantota.
“We discussed with them of having our camp in Dambulla, which is one or of our options. But before deciding on this we need to see and agree on the health protocol that they are working on now. I don’t think agreeing or settling other terms will be an issue once the health protocol gets confirmed,” the BCB high-up explained.
The three Tests, part of the World Test Championship, were originally scheduled for July-August this year before being disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bangladesh, as per the current plans, are expected to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27 following a week-long residential camp.
Despite the uncertainty over the series, the Bangladesh cricketers are having their practice sessions as planned and the residential camp is set to begin Sunday.
The BCB has announced a squad of 27 members for the residential camp, which is to begin with skill training at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
Keeping in mind the restrictions and safety measures for Covid-19, the squad’s training and movement will be regulated through the creation of a bio-secure bubble.
BCB has already started conducting a series of Covid-19 tests of the cricketers and the team management.
As per the board’s official statement, 18 players had undergone the latest Covid-19 test and all have reported negative.
The next round of tests will be carried out Monday and Thursday, and the final test 72 hours before the team board the flight to Sri Lanka.
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