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Coronavirus: Last phase of Bangladesh-Pakistan series postponed

  • Published at 01:05 pm March 16th, 2020

As per BCB media release the two boards will now work together to identify a future window for rescheduling the ICC World Test Championship fixture

The last leg of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan has been postponed due to the growing concern of COVID-19 and travel restrictions around the world. The decision by Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] and Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] was announced on Monday afternoon.

The third and the final leg of the series had involved one ODI and the second and the final Test of the series and was scheduled to be played in Karachi in April. The Test match is part of ICC Test Championship. 

Bangladesh team was due to reach Karachi on March 29 for the matches. As per BCB media release the two boards will now work together to identify a future window for rescheduling the ICC World Test Championship fixture.

The first two legs of the series were held in January-February and had involved a three-match T20I matches and the first Test of the series.

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.

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].

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 more than 130 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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