Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka postponed again over coronavirus quarantine terms

Tanya Simon
September 30, 2020

BCB president Nazmul Hasan informed this to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Monday afternoon following an unofficial meeting with the board directors and high-ups. "They (SLC) have told us that they couldn't do anything about this point (quarantine)".

Bangladesh's three-Test tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed yet again following a stalemate between the BCB and SLC over quarantine requirements, with weeks of negotiation failing to yield an agreement between the two boards.

The quarantine period was initially set to be a week before Sri Lanka quickly extended the demand. It is noteworthy that Bangladesh players were not tested for 72 hours before leaving for Sri Lanka.

"We appreciate SLC and the Sri Lanka Ministry of Sports" positive approach to the issues concerning the holding of the series despite the many challenges due to the pandemic situation". A cricketer will need a long time to regain [fitness] - physically and mentally - from this isolation.

But proceedings took a turn earlier this month when the Sri Lankan health authorities insisted that the visitors must quarantine in their hotel room for 14 days, before they can begin training in isolation. "If we think that we can rely on the plan, then we will start playing the leagues", he said adding that they will try to hold worldwide matches only after hosting domestic cricket successfully.

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Bangladesh were due to travel to Sri Lanka this month to start preparing for a three-match series which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship.

In the meantime, Papon also said that they are looking to resume playing domestic cricket.

'We have talked about resumption of domestic cricket with few possibilities. "It is not possible for us to play this way", the BCB boss explained.

Since then, SLC and concerned authorities of the country were busy trying to work on terms suggested by the BCB.

Bangladesh were supposed to tour Sri Lanka in July-August for three Test matches but it was postponed because of the global health crisis.

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