Ireland Wolves shorten tour of Bangladesh
Bangladesh Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland have agreed to cut off one T20 match in Bangladesh Emerging vs Ireland Wolves series.
Ireland Wolve’s remaining fixtures in Bangladesh are now: 5th ODI on March 14 and the only unofficial T20I on March 16, both in Dhaka. The series was previously scheduled for two unofficial T20Is alongside one four-dayer and five unofficial ODIs.
Ireland Wolves were supposed to travel back home via UAE, but the Irish government’s recent regulations mean any in-bound passenger ‘Category 2’ country like UAE would need to remain under compulsory 14-day quarantine.
With cricketers understandably getting tired of bio-bubbles, the Irish board has chosen another transit route which does not fall under ‘Category 2′ red list so that the quarantine can be avoided.
Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said in a release, “While unfortunate that we will be sacrificing one T20, Irish authorities have advised that extensions of quarantining regulations for in-bound passengers to Ireland flying through Category 2 ‘red list’ countries mean a compulsory 14-day hotel quarantine. As our route home was via the UAE, that would mean our squad would be caught up under these regulations – regardless of whether we were stopping over or simply transiting through – so we have had to re-route the players home via another country not on the red-list.
“We have always said that the mental and physical health and welfare of our squads are our first priority, so avoiding a 14-day hotel quarantine was essential. Given the rigorous bubble conditions these players have already abided by over the last four weeks, the fact that some of the squad would have experienced similar bio-bubbles in the UAE not so long ago, and the possibility that countries could be added to the red-list at any time, we considered the sacrifice of one T20 a reasonable compromise in order to get the squad home as quickly as possible, via a non-category 2 country.
“We sincerely appreciate the support and understanding of our hosts, the Bangladesh Cricket Board, who agreed readily to the changes and additionally agreed to a change in date of the final T20 fixture in order for both sides to maximise playing time. We are also grateful to our colleagues in Sport Ireland who have maintained frequent contact with us to assist in understanding the practical application of the new regulations.”
The visiting side will leave Bangladesh after the one-off T20 match. The ongoing tour has not been smooth for them – on or off the field. They lost the four-dayer inside three days and the one-day series (0-3 after the 4th unofficial ODI).
The first unofficial ODI was called off in middle of Bangladesh Emerging’s innings when Ruhan Pretorius’ COVID result ‘falsely’ arrived positive in Chattogram. The start of the third unofficial ODI at the same venue was delayed after an Ireland member tested positive for the virus.