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BCB to rediscuss fate of SL tour

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will rethink about the Test tour of Sri Lanka scheduled to start this month.

BCB to rediscuss fate of SL tour
Bangladesh are scheduled to play two Tests against Sri Lanka. Photo: AFP

 

Bangladesh national team will come back to Dhaka on Sunday after completing an arduous limited-overs tour in New Zealand.

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Mominul Haque-led Bangladesh will leave for Sri Lanka on April 12. The touring party will be required to isolate for first three days before they can start training sessions. An intra-squad warm-up game will start the tour on April 17.

As per the latest itinerary, Bangladesh will not be required to quarantine for 14 days, a matter which has been discussed by BCB and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) since last year.

However, the Tigers might be asked to quarantine for longer given the alarming rate of increase of coronavirus infections in Bangladesh. The board will soon discuss with players about the future of the series.

“We will sit down again to discuss Sri Lanka tour. The team is returning home on Sunday. We will take a final decision after talking to players,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

Pallekele will host two Test matches starting from April 21 and April 29 to conclude the league stage of ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 cycle.

The worsening state of COVID in Bangladesh has enforced first-class tournament – National Cricket League – just after two rounds, although the five-match 50-over series between Bangladesh and South Africa Emerging women’s teams will go on.

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka 2021 itinerary:

April 12: Bangladesh will leave for Sri Lanka
April 17-18: Intra-squad warm-up, Katunayake
April 21-25: 1st Test, Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
April 29-May 3: 2nd Test, Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
May 4: Bangladesh will return home

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