COVID impact: NCL to continue in two cities
The Bangabandhu National Cricket League (NCL) 2021 will be held across two cities: Cox’s Bazar and Savar as a measure to control transmission of coronavirus.
On Monday and Tuesday, Bangladesh recorded over 5000 new infections at rates of over 18 per cent per day.
The ongoing NCL has also been struck by the virus. Chattogram Division skipper Mominul Haque and few other players had ‘falsely’ tested positive. Shadman Islam, the Dhaka Metro opener, missed the first two rounds for testing positive. Sylhet Division pacer Ebadat Hossain tested positive midway during a round one match.
The second round will end on April 1 (Thursday). BKSP in Savar, Cox’s Bazar, Khulna, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Barishal have hosted matches so far. Mirpur and Fatullah were also in line to stage upcoming rounds.
A Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) source has confirmed BDCricTime that the last four rounds will be played across BKSP and Cox’s Bazar, both of which have multiple grounds.
BKSP will host the Tier-1 matches comprising Khulna Division, Dhaka Division, Rangpur Division and Sylhet Division. Cox’s Bazar will be hosting matches of Dhaka Metro, Rajshahi Division, Chattogram Division and Barshal Division in Tier-2.
The third round will begin on April 5 (Monday).
The BCB released its domestic fixtures till 2023 which included to NCLs this year as well as a DPL (Dhaka Premier League) T20 tournament in May-June.
Bangladesh hosted West Indies men’s team in January-February for three ODIs and two T20Is this year. Ireland Wolves played Bangladesh Emerging team for a full series.
South Africa Emerging women are in Bangladesh to play five one-dayers. Meanwhile, Bangladesh and Pakistan will resume U-19 cricket series in April.