Namal intervenes to get B’desh Cricket Tour back on track | Daily News

Namal intervenes to get B’desh Cricket Tour back on track

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have shown their displeasure over the conditions stipulated by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) over the quarantine period of 14 days. CEO Ashley de Silva said this condition has been laid down by the health authorities and there is nothing much SLC could do about it. BCB are therefore likely to cancel the tour and reschedule it to a later date.

After monitoring the various news items published in social media regarding the tour, Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa tweeted: “As we all know the Covid-19 pandemic is still at large globally, prevention measures are a high priority. However, given the significance of cricket in the region, I have asked SLC officials to consult the Covid task force and reconsider the BCB tigers matter.”

As per the Dhaka Tribune, one of the Bangladesh’s leading media organizations, “Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] President Nazmul Hasan has said it is not possible for the Bangladesh National team to tour Sri Lanka under the conditions that have been set by Sri Lanka Cricket, the hosts cricket board.” The decision was taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors and higher-ups at BCB headquarters at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.

The news item further elaborated that BCB President Nazmul Hassan had shown his disagreement to tour Sri Lanka under conditions forwarded to them by SLC last Sunday. It further stated that BCB was initially informed that the touring contingent will require no Covid-19 quarantine upon reaching the island on 27 September and they could step on to the field from the very next day to prepare for the series, which is scheduled to start on 24 October.

However, subsequent developments saw SLC stipulate certain protocols that put BCB in dilemma. SLC insisted that the touring party would require a 14-day long strict quarantine at the hotel, and also the contingent should not consist of more than 30 members including the coaching staff. Restriction over the number of members in the team meant BCB’s plan of including its high-performance unit alongside the national team was in jeopardy.

When contacted Ashley de Silva (CEO of SLC) said that they hadn’t received any feedback from BCB officially after they informed them about the health requirements to be adhered to last Sunday. “We are waiting for their response. We saw a foreign media report that BCB is in disagreement with the terms and conditions stipulated by our Health Authorities. There is nothing much SLC can do about it. Anyway, we will be awaiting the response from BCB, and in a worst scenario will have to reschedule the tour to a later date.”

The Bangladesh team was to arrive in the Island on the 27th of this month to engage in a three Test series. All three Tests were scheduled to be played in Pallekele, Kandy, commencing 24 October.