BCB upbeat about Asia XI-World XI matches despite coronavirus fear


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is still quite hopeful of successfully hosting the birth centenary programmes of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman despite the first reported case of coronavirus infection in Bangladesh on Sunday (March 8).BCB upbeat about Asia XI-World XI matches despite coronavirus fear

While even the Bangladesh government has decided to curtail the “Mujib Year” programme amid coronavirus fear, the BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon on Sunday expressed his optimism of going on with BCB’s own programmes.

The BCB will organize a concert fearuing Oscar-winning music director AR Rahman on March 18 before hosting two T20I matches between Asia XI and Rest of the World XI on March 21 and 22. The AR Rahman concert will also 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.

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“It is very difficult to say. I don’t think any country can say that. The board definitely can’t comment on it,” said Papon after a meeting of the Board of Directors when asked about the coronavirus.

“But as of today, we are certain that it [world XI v Asia XI match, concert] 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,” he added.

Earlier in the day (Sunday), Bangladesh diagnosed its first cases of the novel coronavirus as three persons – including two members of one family – have been infected with the virus.

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