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Tamim focuses on cricket amid coronavirus fear

  • Published at 05:26 pm March 15th, 2020
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Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal bats in the Mirpur nets Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has caused cancellations and postponements of sporting events around the globe. In cricket, 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 100th birth centenary of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangladesh’s last part of the tour of Pakistan is also set to be postponed and a call on it is being expected from Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] soon

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is confident that Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] will go ahead with the Dhaka Premier League amid rising concern of coronavirus. Recently named as the Bangladesh ODI captain, Tamim believes the authority will take required action in accordance to the situation as stated by board president Nazmul Hassan and if at any point told to shelve the tournament midway, the players and the teams will oblige.

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has caused cancellations and postponements of sporting events around the globe. BCB last week was also forced to postpone a mega concert and a two-match T20I series between a World XI and Asia XI to mark 100th birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangladesh’s last part of the tour of Pakistan is also set to be postponed and a call on it is being expected from Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] soon.

England cricket team left Sri Lanka before the series could begin while New Zealand has called off the series against hosts Australia. The ODI series between South Africa and hosts India has also been cancelled half way through while the India Premier League T20 is now to raise 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 concern of the virus that has been termed ‘pandemic’ by World Health Organization [WHO].

“It has been happening around the world. We have an authority [BCB] to look after this issue. I heard our president saying in an interview [Saturday] that he will take required action if the situation arises. As of now we are preparing for the game as per direction of the board but if there is a message that we have to stop playing, we will act accordingly,” said Tamim to the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

Tamim however emphasized on the importance of being careful and maintaining distance if needed during the matches.

“We all need to be careful. If need be do not come in contact with your team mates. Everyone for sure understands the reason why. We just need to make sure that we are a bit careful,” Tamim added.

Tamim will start this Dhaka League season on Monday as captain of Prime Bank CC taking on title contenders Gazi Group Cricketers at SBNS.

Since the outbreak of in December last year, coronavirus also known as COVID-19, is now characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 133,000 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in 125 countries and territories around the world and over 4,900 deaths. In Bangladesh, five individuals have been reported of being infected by the virus so far.

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