Bangladesh and New Zealand series postponed
Bangladesh upcoming home series against New Zeland which was scheduled to take place in August-September this year, has been postponed due to unchanged COVID-19 pandemic. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) took the decision, after a joint discussion with the New Zealand Cricket board.
New Zealand were scheduled to visit Bangladesh to play two Tests which are the part of World Test Championship tournament. Till now, Bangladesh has played three Tests in the World Test Championship. Although Bangladesh lost all the 3 tests which were against Pakistan and India.
“In the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, hosting a full cricket series in August 2020 will be a challenge in terms of preparations and we cannot take chances with the safety and health of players, support staff and related stakeholders,” as BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said.
“Under these circumstances, the BCB and NZC have felt that the best way forward would be to defer the series. We realise that this will be hugely disappointing for the players and officials of both teams, not to mention the fans of the two nations but I must thank NZC for its understanding and for recognising the rationale behind such a decision,” he added.
Bangladesh are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July-August. But the board authority is not sure either the series will take place or not due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although, BCB and Sri Lanka Cricket didn’t decided anything final about this series. Bangladesh played international cricket last on March this year before the coronavirus pandemic.