Bangladesh postpone Sri Lanka tour
After a long time of dilemma about the pre-scheduled series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has been postponed. It was assumed before the decision came out, as the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe still remains unchanged and it’s charging a heavy toll on human lives every day.
The Bangladesh team was scheduled to play three Tests in late July as part of World test championship. But the tour was in doubt because of the worrying spread of COVID-19 across the South Asia after it hit back. The Sri Lanka cricket board has said that Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has opt out to cancel the tour due to ‘the lack of preparation for its players, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic’.
Former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam tested positive for the contamination. Before it, ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal’s elder brother Nafees Iqbal was also tested positive of Coronavirus. Bangladesh has confirmed over 122,660 infections and more than 1,500 deaths from the coronavirus. The usual activities was resumed, particularly economic activities after lifting a months-long virus lockdown at the end of May, but it has increased the rate of contamination.
International cricket Council (ICC) also tweeted about the news of postponement.
“Bangladesh’s tour to Sri Lanka, scheduled to take place next month, has been postponed,” the ICC posted on its twitter account.
Just a day ago series against New Zealand was postponed by BCB authority. Bangladesh was scheduled to play a test Series as per the schedule of ICC world Test championship. But with the unchanged COVID-19 pandemic, both the boards agreed to postpone the tour.
“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,’ Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said in a BCB statement.