Asia XI-World XI match, AR Rahman concert postponed
The scheduled two T20I matches between Asia XI and the Rest of the World XI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on March 21 and 22 have been postponed due to the coronavirus threat.
Besides the BCB has also postponed a concert featuring noted Indian music director AR Rahman, which was scheduled to take place on March 18.
The concernt would be preceded by a reception of World Cup-winning Bangladesh Under-19 team with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attending the event as chief guest.
Both the matches and the AR Rahman concert were parts of the celebration of birth centenary of Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
It is understood that the events will take place after a few months’ time, once the coronavirus situation is under control.
Earlier the BCB boss had said following the meeting of the Board of Directors on March 8 that the Asia XI vs World XI match and the concert would take place as per scheduled.
“As of today, we are certain that they will happen. Every event will take place successfully, and we are certain of it.
“I don’t know what the situation will be in the future. Coronavirus has been found in most countries. It all depends on the steps the government has taken. As of now we are very determined to complete both the events smoothly,” Papon had said.
However new doubts were cast upon the future of the match after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhuman was quoted by the New Indian Express as saying:
“Players from western countries are also scheduled to participate. With regard to our players’ participation, we’ll review the situation and take a call accordingly. In my knowledge and as of now, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has not officially intimated the BCCI in this regard. Anyway, whoever is dealing with the issue must be keeping a close watch on the developments.”