BCB CEO Nizamuddin speaking to the media Friday said the board is not concerned over hosting Australia yet
Bangladesh Cricket Board is hopeful about the home T20I against Australia to go ahead as per schedule.
Australia cricket team are scheduled to reach Dhaka Thursday for a five-match T20I series that is supposed to take place from August 3 to 9.
The series is thought to fall into jeopardy following Australia’s tour of West Indies reporting Covid-19 case inside the bio-secured bubble.
A positive Covid-19 test Thursday resulted in the last-minute postponement of the scheduled second ODI between the West Indies and Australia at Kensington Oval, officials announced.
The decision was taken after the toss once the result was known, due to the Covid-19 protocols.
All members of both Australia and West Indies team and match officials were put in in-room isolation and had to undergo another round of Covid-19 testing.
A decision on when the match will be replayed will be announced once the test results return.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury speaking to the media Friday said the board is not concerned over hosting Australia yet.
“We [BCB] learnt of the incident in West Indies though the media. But we are not aware of any news that Australia tour of Bangladesh has become uncertain,” said Nizamuddin.
“We did not have any communication from Cricket Australia on the matter for which we are not aware of any uncertainty of them not coming to Bangladesh, given we had communication with Cricket Australia even Thursday. So there is no point to see the situation negatively rather be optimistic. If everything goes as per the plan, Australia team are scheduled to reach Dhaka on July 29,” the BCB official added.
Nizamuddin explaining his statement emphasized that the Covid-19 case has been reported in the West Indies team, in a support staff, and has nothing to do with Australia team.
“Both the teams will for sure have Covid-19 test now. There will absolutely be no issues if all members in Australia team returns negative in the test,” said Nizamuddin.
Australia cricket team will reach Dhaka amid a two-week long strict lockdown which started in the country Friday.
However, both BCB and CA agreed to going ahead with the series, which will help the two teams prepare for the upcoming World T20I later this year.
All the five matches will be played at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium behind closed doors.
The start time of the matches is yet to be announced but it is for sure that all the game will be day-night.
Bangladesh cricket team, currently on tour of Zimbabwe, will return home Thursday and the members of the T20I squad will directly report to the team hotel.
Officials involved in the series and based in Dhaka have already checked-in the hotel bio bubble.
The series is set to be the maiden bilateral T20I series between the two countries, while it will be Australia's fourth ever tour of Bangladesh for a bilateral series, and their first visit since 2017.
Australia were scheduled to tour Bangladesh last year for a Test series but that got called off due to the pandemic.
First T20: August 3
Second T20: August 4
Third T20: August 6
Fourth T20: August 7
Fifth T20: August 9