Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka: BCB informs SLC, ‘Reschedule the series, we won’t be coming’

As expected Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided not to tour Sri Lanka under current quarantine norms. Nazmul Hasan, Bangladesh Cricket Board’s president, has asked Sri Lanka Cricket to reschedule the revised three-Test tour of Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to start with the first Test from October 24.

“We have asked them to reschedule the tour, we cannot do a tour with a 14-day quarantine in place,” Nazmul said about Sri Lanka’s revised proposal. Initially, Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka was scheduled to take place in July-August, and was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka : BCB informs SLC, ‘reschedule the tour, we can’t do 14 days quarantine’

Bangladesh were due to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27 and SLC honorary secretary Mohan De Silva was hopeful that the Bangladesh team will arrive in Sri Lanka in due time, hoping for a quick resolution to the situation. He said negotiations were still going with the health authorities.

“We’ve been negotiating with them [BCB] and they have sent us their requirements. We’ve done extremely well to keep the pandemic under control and therefore there are strict health guidelines and protocols we have to follow. However, the authorities showed great encouragement in us resuming international cricket. We’re discussing with them and I’m sure we will be able to resolve this and expect the Bangladesh team to arrive in Sri Lanka without much delay,” Mohan said.

The BCB had earlier raised issue with the quarantine protocols and the tour party being restricted to 30 members. BCB had planned to send the HP side to Sri Lanka along with the national team but with the strict protocols, BCB president Nazmul Hassan said that it was going to be difficult to send even the national team, along with staff and management to a tour and added that the demands were ‘historically unique’.

The BCB had already started a residential camp for its 27-member preliminary squad by creating a bio-secure bubble with frequent coronavirus testing. But the camp was disbursed last week because of non-agreement on the tour.