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Sri Lanka tour shrouded in uncertainty

It is understood that BCB is still in dark over the protocol that the team must follow upon reaching the island and the schedule of the series. Bangladesh national team along with BCB High-Performance Unit is likely to leave here to Sri Lanka for the series on September 27

Update : 12 Sep 2020, 05:47 PM

Bangladesh men’s national cricket team’s tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series has been hinging into uncertainty as Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] is yet to confirm details and information related to the Covid-19 health protocols.

It is understood that BCB is still in dark over the protocol that the team must follow upon reaching the island and the schedule of the series. Bangladesh national team along with BCB High-Performance Unit is likely to leave here to Sri Lanka for the series on September 27.

It is understood that the chief point of confusion in the health safety protocol is whether the Bangladesh team will have to stay in the mandatory 14-day quarantine once arriving the island nation. The cricketers will have to remain in the hotel for the two weeks in that case but whereas BCB is claiming that as per initial discussion the visitors were to get to the field day after reaching Sri Lanka and start preparing for the series that is part of the ICC Test Championship.

BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed the board has not yet been confirmed the schedule and neither have been confirmed of the health safety protocol.

“If we don’t get the information from them (Sri Lanka Cricket) then it’s difficult for us to prepare and plan accordingly. We are trying to communicate with the Sri Lankan official but couldn’t able to reach them. The scenario is changing time to time across the world due to the pandemic which forces the health authorities of each country to act accordingly,” said Nizamuddin to the media on Saturday.

 “We are trying to solve this issue quickly as there are many things related to this. Few of our foreign staffs were expected to reach Sri Lanka directly along with few internal issues which need to be solved as well,” he added.

Cricket has remained suspended in Bangladesh since mid March due to Covid-19 pandemic. With Sri Lanka series Bangladesh were being expected to return to action but the process is not being a walk on the park. Following the health safety protocol and creating a bio-secure bubble for Bangladesh cricketers has emerged as a big challenge.

It is understood that Bangladesh cricketers and their board are uncomfortable of remaining at the hotel for 14-day without any activities and that it will also hamper the preparation given the cricketers have been away from the game for almost six months.

The delay with BCB in declaring Bangladesh preliminary squad for the tour is believed to be due to SLC delaying in confirming the schedule. Bangladesh cricketers have been training in small groups for about a month now maintaining strict Covid-19 health safety measures.

 

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