Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka postponed indefinitely

Due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board mutually agreed to suspend Bangladesh’s tour to Sri Lanka. The series will be rescheduled as both the boards will be trying to find suitable window in the cricketing calendar.

Due to lack of competitive cricket and preparation, it was virtually impossible to continue with the bilateral series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.  Bangladesh were schedule to tour Sri Lanka to play three-match Test series in July, but series has now been postponed due to ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) clearly stated that they lacked adequate facilities to create a bio-secure environment or the series to take place in the country. Players also made their reservation and were not willing to play cricket due to ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

It has been an easy last year for Bangladesh as they suffered a huge setback as Test captain Shakib Al Hasan was banned after breaching ICC Anti-Corruption rules and regulations for players. Interim captain Mominul Haq was determined to make sure that the side can do deliver a decent show and push Sri Lanka in this series.

The three-match Test series was part of ICC Test Championship. Bangladesh Cricket Board Chairman Akram Khan said, “The chances of Bangladesh touring Sri Lanka is next to impossible as per original schedule.”. He said that he did communicate with Bangladesh players and they showed no interest in playing cricket at this point in time. Due to rising cases of Covid-19 in Bangladesh, both the cricket boards have made the best decision keeping in mind the interest of all stakeholders related to the game.

Earlier this week, ODI Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and former Bangladesh opener Nafees Iqbal had tested positive for Covid-19. It was considered by Bangladesh Cricket Board that players express their viewpoint on whether to tour Sri Lanka or not in the coming month of July.

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