McMillan out of SL tour due to personal tragedy

2020-09-19 at 15:48

Bangladesh’s newly appointed batting consultant Craig McMillan will be unable to take up the role for the team’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka due to a loss in the family.

The former New Zealand batsman, who replaced Neil McKenzie for a short stint, has informed BCB that he is unavailable to work with the national team for the tour of Sri Lanka, that is yet to be finalized, due to the loss of his father.

McMillan and his compatriot Daniel Vettori were informed by the BCB to come to Dhaka first and later go to Sri Lanka with the squad if the tour eventually was to materialise.

This was to ensure that they don’t get into any quarantine problems though initially they were expected to directly join the squad in Sri Lanka.

The fate of the tour is hanging in the balance as the BCB is yet to get any response from their Sri Lankan counterparts after former’s rejection of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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

They’re now expected to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27, with the first of the three Tests beginning on October 23.

BCB is planning a week-long residential camp ahead of the tour, starting September 21 and haven’t changed the plan as yet with the players expected to get into the hotel on September 20.