Is Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh test series really a priority for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). SLC on Friday announced the official dates of the first season of Lankan Premier League but is yet to announce the official itinerary of Bangladesh tour.
Not only this, the hosts are also yet to provide any clarity to Bangladesh on the bio-security plans for the series.
All of this uncertainty is making Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials jittery and doubtful for the tour.
“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,” BCB’s cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz on Friday.
Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka : Doubts and uncertainty remains on the series
As per the unofficial reports, BCB is planning to send the team to Sri Lanka on 27th September. The series is expected to start from October 24th. After arrival in Colombo, Bangladesh cricket team will have to spend 14 days in quarantine and complete isolation. As per the local health department norms, visiting team will also not be allowed to step out for practice during these 14 days. That according to BCB officials is contrary to what was relayed to them earlier.
“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,”
BCB awaits clarity on each and everything before they make their travel arrangements to Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh team started their preparation on Monday with the 24 members expected to tour Sri Lanka completing their tests for COVID-19 upon regrouping. The contingent includes cricketers, support staff and a few members of the High Performance unit.
BCB is planning a week-long residential camp ahead of the tour that will mark the resumption of competitive cricket for both sides.
But for now, the shadow of uncertainty stays intact on the series.