BAN-SL series in doubt over health concerns

2020-09-12 at 13:47

Bangladesh’s proposed tour of Sri Lanka remains doubtful due to the inability of the hosts to relay the official itinerary as well as the bio-security bubble plans for the series, which comprises three Tests.

Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka, which was scheduled for July-August, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bangladesh, as per the current plans, are expected to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27 for the three-Test series that is scheduled to start from October 24.

Cricbuzz reported that national health and security agencies of Sri Lanka have urged Sri Lanka Cricket to ensure that the tourists complete their 14-day mandatory quarantine after arriving in the island without any provision of training during the time frame, insisting they should remain isolated for the whole period in their hotel.

SLC, on their part, have only unofficially relayed the information to their Bangladesh counterpart and is yet to provide the official schedule and bio-bubble plan for the tour that is due to begin in Kandy.

According to BCB’s cricket operation chairman Akram Khan, the BCB will take a decision regarding the tour after receiving the official bio-bubble plan and the itinerary that is yet to be announced, and added that it might be difficult for them to travel if they are asked to complete the 14-day quarantine without any provision of practice or training.

He said, “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.”