Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka in doubt

Representational image. Mushfiqur Rahim and  Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella looks on during a match.
Representational image. Mushfiqur Rahim and Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella looks on during a match. AFP file photo
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The proposed three-match Test series between Bangladesh and hosts Sri Lanka is in jeopardy as the government of Sri Lanka seems to be reluctant to provide the facilities that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has asked, reports UNB.

As per the latest development, the regulation of the Sri Lanka government to tackle the COVID-19 situation has cast a long shadow over the fate of the series.

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The Test series was originally scheduled for July-August, but the COVID-19 situation forced the cricketing nations to reschedule it to October-November.

“We are still on our plan to send our High-performance Unit (HP) to Sri Lanka with the national team. The Sri Lanka board also agreed upon this. But their government has the other observation which they have sent to us. We will see it thoroughly and take the next step as soon as possible. Otherwise, we have nothing more to tell about the future of the series,” Naimur Rahman, the board director and chairman of HP, told the media on Sunday.

Every person who enters Sri Lanka is required to maintain a 14-day quarantine to check whether he is infected with the COVID-19. But BCB asked Sri Lanka to trim this period to seven days. Sri Lanka board forwarded this proposal to their health department which is yet to come up with a reply.

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“As we have talked to Sri Lanka board earlier, they agreed that we can practice during the quarantine period. But now their health department said we can’t practice during the quarantine. There are many things which are not under the control of Sri Lanka Cricket. They also asked to reduce the number of tour members,” Naimur Rahman added.

However, Naimur Rahman said the tour of the national team is their main priority. They can organise a different camp for the players of HP.

“The tour of the national team should get the utmost priority as this series is a part of the ongoing World Test Championship. If we miss this window, it’ll be very tough to manage another window in the coming months. So we have to make the final call keeping all these in mind,” Naimur Rahman further added.

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