Bangladesh Cricket Board rejects Sri Lanka Cricket’s tour proposal, tour in doubt

Bangladesh will not travel to Sri Lanka for the proposed three Test series in October as they have rejected the tour protocols and proposal laid down by the Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket sent a letter to the Bangladesh Cricket Board on Sunday stating that the tourists will have to serve a 14-day quarantine period during which the players cannot even step out of their rooms for meals, leave alone intra-squad practise matches.

This hasn’t gone down well with BCB’s authorities and they have decided to reject the proposal.

“Under no circumstances can a World Test Championship take place with conditions such as this,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan said.

“So we are going to let them know that a Test Championship is not possible under the conditions they have asked to be met. We will give them this message and then let’s see what happens. The conditions that they are giving us is rare in history. That’s the first message. If they want to discuss, then we will see what restrictions can be relaxed and discuss those things.” 

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka : SLC proposal not agreeable to us says BCB

He said that the conditions put in place by the SLC for the tour under the coronavirus pandemic did not match BCB’s expectations. “It’s not as we expected and it didn’t match the conditions of other countries where cricket is going on,” Hassan told the media.

Hassan primarily clarified two issues which led to BCB’s current predicament with the tour going on.

“In other countries players have to quarantine for 7 days but the players can at least practice among themselves. They can use the gymnasium too, but under the SLC’s conditions, the players can’t even get out of their hotel rooms. They can’t leave their room even for food. Maybe the Covid-19 situation there is not as we heard

“Next, we at least need throwers, net bowlers for practice from the host country. They will not provide that and they will not allow us to take throwers and net bowlers from our country. This is an ICC Test Championship. I think there is a big gap in how we (the two boards) are thinking.

SLC had also told the BCB to not travel with more than 30 people, including the coaches and support staff, which will be difficult with the high performance unit on board.

Meanwhile, Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Sri Lanka, has urged the SLC to reconsider the matter.

SLC is expected to respond in two-three days.