Uncertainty Looms Over Bangladesh Tour of Sri Lanka

Bangladesh are schedule to play a three-Test match series against Sri Lanka. (Photo Credit: ICC)

The proposed Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka scheduled in October this year seems to be looming with uncertainty, after the inability of the hosts to chalk out the itinerary of the series and also the bio-security plans for the series also seem to be not in place.

The series comprising three Tests is scheduled to start from October 24 in Kandy. Previously the series was scheduled for June-July earlier this year but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SLC Cricket Not Ready With the Itinerary

It s understood that the national health and security agencies of Sri Lanka have urged Sri Lanka Cricket that the Bangladesh team completes the 14-day mandatory quarantine period after reaching the Lankan islands. In the meantime, they are also requested to stay within their hotel rooms in isolation as well.

The Lankan cricket board has relayed an unofficial information of the schedule and the bio-secure plans of the tour to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

The BCB on their part has confirmed that though they have received an unofficial information, they are awaiting the official confirmation of the same.

“Yes, we have heard that [their security agencies’ suggesting that we need to stay there for 14 days without any provision of practice] while we are hearing a lot of other things through different sources,” said BCB’s cricket operation chairman Akram Khan.

“But they are not clearing the picture by coming up with their official bio-bubble plan and itinerary. We will take the final decision regarding the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka only after we receive their plans and the schedule, which we are expecting in the upcoming days,” he further added.

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Bangladesh Players Start Preparations

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Cricket team have started their preparations with 24 members who are expected to travel with the team.

The board is proposing a week-long residential camp for the players who are part of this tour. The camp will begin from September 21. The BCB will then conduct tests in four phases on September 18, 21, 24 and the final test before 72 hours of departure.