The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Thursday decided to postpone the ongoing Bangabandhu National Cricket League (NCL), taking stock of the Covid-19 situation in the country, reports UNB.
Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 infections and fatalities, the BCB had decided to host NCL in only two venues – Cox’s Bazar and BKSP.
But the Cox’s Bazar authority imposed different restrictions including on the use of public transport. So, the board opted to postpone the league after the end of the two rounds.
“It’s a precautionary step, and a temporary move,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told the media on Thursday. “NCL is a first-class event and eight teams are contesting in this league in more than one venue. So the things are more challenging here.”
Nizamuddin also said the league would be resumed as soon as possible. He, however, did not mention any estimated time frame.
At least seven cricketers including Mohammad Ashraful, Alok Kapali, Shadman Islam and Akbar Ali tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the league.