According to the fixture, the Aussies were scheduled to play two Test matches, along with a four-day practice game, in Bangladesh as part of the World Test Championship
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Cricket Australia have decided to postpone the two-match Test series in June 2020.
BCB confirmed the news through a press release on Thursday afternoon.
According to the fixture, the Aussies were scheduled to play two Test matches, along with a four-day practice game, in Bangladesh as part of the World Test Championship.
The first Test was scheduled to be held in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from June 11-15 while the second Test was scheduled in Dhaka’s Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium from June 19-23.
The BCB and CA will now work together to find a future window for rescheduling the series which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Cricket Australia have decided to postpone the two-match Test series in June 2020. Australia were due to play the Tests in Chattogram and Dhaka between 11 and 23 June.https://t.co/5tRckZOzDD— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) April 9, 2020
BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said: “This is understandably disappointing for players and fans of both sides. However, in the current global scenario of the COVID-19 outbreak and considering the nature of the health emergency, the BCB and CA are in agreement that this is the most sensible and practical decision. We hope that the situation will improve soon and we are able to hold this series at a convenient time in the near future. To that end, the BCB will continue to work closely with CA with whom we share a history of support and cooperation.”
Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said: “Postponing the tour is regrettable, but I would like to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for the open, honest and responsible discussions that led us to this mutually-agreed position. The health of our people and communities is the number one priority for both Boards and that is reflected in the action we have taken in postponing the two Test matches. As we know, the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honour our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”
Bangladesh and Australia have agreed to postpone the two-match Test series the sides were due to play in June.— ICC (@ICC) April 9, 2020
The series, which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship, is expected to be rescheduled for a later date. pic.twitter.com/UMnyrJlvpk
Earlier Australia Test captain Tim Paine had said chances of their upcoming Bangladesh tour are less owing to the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports from cricket.com.au.
All sorts of sporting activities have been stopped across the globe in the recent past due to coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic.
BCB has postponed all cricketing activities from the middle of last month owing to the coronavirus pandemic, and it is unclear when things would be back to normal as the Covid-19 situation is becoming worse around the world with each passing day.
The total number of Covid-19 deaths now stands at 27, with 424 confirmed cases, as of Friday In Bangladesh. While in Australia 6204 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported with 54 deaths so far on June 10.
Australia are currently in second position in the World Test Championship points table, with 296 points in 10 matches, while India led the standing with 360 points in nine games. Bangladesh have played three Tests so far in the WTC, and lost all three.
🇧🇩vs🇦🇺 | "We will do everything we can to honour our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date."https://t.co/BYkEM2Sjne— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) April 9, 2020