BCB postpones all cricket until further notice
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has postponed all cricket until further notice amid the coronavirus pandemic.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon made the announcement at a press briefing on Thursday (March 19).
It means the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League has also been postponed up to Round 5.
“As you know, sports all over the world have come to a halt. Our cricket has been stopped too. We postponed the DPL after the first round and back then we had decided to wait for two ways to see how the situation develops. We sat down and agreed on a decision,” said Papon.
“The situation is changing. There was a time when the players and the clubs were both willing to play but some of them have a different opinion now. Having watched the situation overall, we have decided to postpone all cricket until further directives are given. If the situation improves then we will start playing again,” he added.
BCB informed the news of DPL postponement through a statement on the same day, where it wrote:
“The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to postpone all matches of the ongoing Bangabandhu DPDCL 2019-20 up to Round 05 (27 & 28 March 2020) due to unavoidable circumstances.”
The statement further added, “The next fixture of Bangabandhu DPDCL 2019-20 will be circulated in due course. Further decision on rescheduling and restarting the League will be taken in due course.”
During the press briefing Papon said regarding this matter, “We don’t think there is any possibility to start BDPDCL before April 15. It can be extended even further. So we are analyzing the situation. We believe not only players but everyone should be more careful about the coronavirus. We think this not the time to play cricket.”