Domestic cricket only after vaccination

Cricket resumed in Bangladesh in September last year but top domestic tournaments will only be possible if vaccines arrive, says BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon.

Papon went through COVID test for final presentation

Bangladesh restarted international cricket with a home series against West Indies after arranging succesful assignments in BCB President’s Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup in the ‘new normal’ bio-bubble.

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However, 50-over Dhaka Premier League, first-class events NCL (National Cricket League) and BCL (Bangladesh Cricket League) are yet to be in action even though BCB expects domestic cricket will start in April, but that depends on vaccination.

“Domestic cricket should be able to resume in April. It depends on the vaccine. If we can give the players vaccines then our work will be a lot easier. Otherwise, it’s very expensive to maintain bio-bubble. Currently we are seeing an expense 8-9 times greater [than usual],” Papon said.

“We think it’s not possible to follow all the rules and regulations right now. How will the clubs manage? It’s not possible to tell the clubs that players will have to stay in your hotels, no outsiders can enter and no officials can go out. There is no point in talking about things which are not possible.”

Vaccines have started to land in Bangladesh. BCB boss Papon has said several times the players will be vaccinated on priority basis.

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