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SLC finding ways to salvage Bangladesh tour

  • Published at 07:35 pm September 15th, 2020
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Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim bats during training at academy ground of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka MD Manik/Dhaka Tribune

The developments in Sri Lanka are promising and with yet to hear a reply, the practice sessions of Bangladesh cricketers remained on its course. Though a discussion is building in SLC, its chairman Shammi Silva has come dismissing partial claims of BCB

Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] is yet to hear from Sri Lanka Cricket [SLC] regarding the future of the three-match Test series. BCB on Monday had passed the ball onto SLC’s court to decide about the series which was pushed into uncertainty after BCB declared it is not possible to tour the island under the terms, including a mandatory 14-day strict quarantine, set by the hosts. 

It is understood that BCB was yet to hear from its Sri Lankan counterpart on the issue when this report was filed on Tuesday evening. BCB is living on a hope of the series going ahead after Sri Lanka sports minister Namal Rajapakse asked SLC to look into the matter. 

The instruction to SLC had come following BCB president Nazmul Hasan’s press conference on Monday when he remarked the SLC terms are impossible to fulfill.  

Media reports suggest SLC had a meeting on Tuesday where discussion to shorten the 14-day quarantine was held. The meeting had also involved discussion of allowing Bangladesh to add few more members to the tour party having initially suggested that the tourists would be allowed to travel with only 30 men. SLC is expected to meet the nation’s Covid-19 task force with the new set of proposals on Wednesday and will send the recommendation to BCB afterwards.

The developments in Sri Lanka are promising and with yet to hear a reply, the practice sessions of Bangladesh cricketers remained on its course. Though a discussion is building in SLC, its chairman Shammi Silva has come dismissing partial claims of BCB.

BCB chief Nazmul on Monday had claimed his board of being in discussion with SLC over a week-long quarantine. This claim of BCB was brushed off by Silva speaking to Ceylon Today.

“If they have mentioned this then it is incorrect. I really do not know as to why they refer to a week. In any case we have not held talks with the BCB regarding a seven-day quarantine period. However, we are unable to go beyond the period that has been stipulated by the health authorities. It is guaranteed that the Bangladesh team has to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period,” Silva was quoted by saying in Sri Lankan media.

“Even before arriving in Sri Lanka they (Bangladesh) have to undergo a quarantine period and once they touch down in Colombo they will have to be subjected to the compulsory quarantine programme for a fortnight in their hotel. All costs will be borne by SLC,’’ the SLC chief added.

According to Sri Lankan media outlets, SLC officials were hopeful that they will be able to convince their government to make some concessions and reach a mutual with BCB. Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka was initially scheduled for July-August but got postponed duo to Covid-19 pandemic. Bangladesh, as per the current plans, are expected to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27 for the three-Test series that is scheduled to start from October 24.

In regards, if the series doesn’t go ahead, Bangladesh will have to wait till January next year for an international series as they are scheduled to host West Indies. In that case BCB are mulling to resume domestic cricket but in a controlled manner during the gap. As for Sri Lanka, the situation is quite similar to Bangladesh. The island national team too could end up not playing any international cricket at all this year and will focus on domestic season having the first edition of LPL slated in the coming months.

 

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