BCB president Nazmul Hasan announced it to media on Thursday at a press briefing
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has postponed all cricket activities including ongoing Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier League (BDPL) for indefinite time as a precaution to combat against coronavirus spread.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan announced the decision to media on Thursday at a press briefing.
Three new Coronavirus or Covid-19 patients — one woman and two men— have been confirmed in Bangladesh on Thursday, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 17. The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) disclosed the matter on Thursday.
“Due to coronavirus the whole world is affected. Everyone is working against it and thus sports activities in Bangladesh are being stopped. We also halted the BDPL after the first round. It was an instant decision then and we had decided to observe the situation. We have discussed together today about the issue and now we have taken a decision. The situation is changing everyday. Initially players and few clubs were interested to continue playing. But as the time passed there are some different opinions coming as well. After considering the current situation, we have decided to postpone all cricketing activities in the country until further notice,” said BCB Boss to media at BCB premise.
“It is tough to give specific date about when cricket will resume as every day the coronavirus situation is changing. If we can surely predict that everything will be normal after 31st March then we could have set the time until March 31. But we can not say whether the situation will be improved or not after March 31. So we are not giving any specific dates."
" We don’t think there is any possibility to start BDPL before April 15. It can be extended even further. So we are analyzing the situation. We believe not only players but everyone should be more careful about the coronavirus. We think this not the time to play cricket,” he added.
All the players will return home after the league being postponed for indefinite times and BCB Boss also gave advise to players to take precautionary measures and be cautious during this time.
“Few precautionary instructions were given to every player from the club when the BDPL was started. Those same advise should be followed now as well. Players need to avoid public gatherings and should stay at home as much as possible. Everybody needs to be more sincere on the issue.”
So far, only first round of matches took place in the BDPL which started from last Sunday.
Meanwhile, BCB media department informed that BDPL has been postponed until fifth round, (27 & 28 March 2020).
An official statement from BCB media department circulated on Thursday afternoon as:
“The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to postpone all matches of the ongoing Bangabandhu DPDCL 2019-20 up to Round 05 (27 & 28 March 2020) due to unavoidable circumstances.
Further decision on rescheduling and restarting the League will be taken in due course.”
Earlier on Wednesday, with the death of a 70-year-old man, Bangladesh recorded its first death from covid-19, which has spread to at least 160 countries of the world.
As of now, over 8,900 people have died across the world from the virus which first broke out in China's Wuhan last December.
Around 219,351 have been infected by covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, while 85,749 people have recovered from it.