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Bangladesh tour of Ireland postpone due to coronavirus


 

Cricket Ireland and Bangladesh Cricket Board have agreed to postpone the upcoming one-day international and Twenty20I series between the country due to being played in May this year amidst the global coronavirus pandemic. The three-match limited over series to be played in Belfast between 14 – 19 May was set to be followed by four shortest version matches to be venued in different grounds in England. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশ-আয়ারল্যান্ড সিরিজ মুলতবি] 

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“We have a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of players, coaches, fans and the wider community,” said Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland chief executive. The decision was followed by advice from both Irish and UK governments to restrict international travel, sporting events and mass gatherings.

The series might not be rescheduled: 

“Once the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic was understood, and the advice of both Governments and partner boards was sought, it became increasingly unlikely that this series could proceed as scheduled,” added Deutrom.

Deutrom thanked Bangladesh cricket authorities for their co-operation and said further, “We will continue monitoring the situation, and will liaise as necessary with relevant sports bodies, public health agencies and our stakeholders here and abroad, and provide further updates on the home season in due course.

“We would like to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for their helpful cooperation in reaching this decision. we shall work with them at establishing new dates for the series when we are all in a position to plan for the future with greater certainty,” he added.

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Previously Ireland called off their six-game tour of Zimbabwe, scheduled for next month. Cricket Ireland announced the closure of their offices until March 29, with staff instructed to work from home and training sessions suspended for the above mentioned period. Meanwhile, Bangladesh also has taken similar measures on Saturday. BCB Chief asked the employees to work remotely until further notice.

The BCB has also postponed the Dhaka Premier Division List A tournament with immediate effect, delaying all fixtures up until the fifth round of matches on the weekend of March 27-28. The Bangladesh national team will not travel to Pakistan for a one-off ODI and Test match in Karachi in April.

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