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BCB awaits Lanka response: Cricketers’ COVID test tomorrow

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:47 PM, 17 September 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is still waiting for Sri Lanka’s positive response about the proposed three-match Test series. Even, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will test the Covid-19 of 27 cricketers who received GEO (government order) for the tour.

The 14-day mandatory quarantine during the tour of Sri Lanka has created uncertainty about the series. However, in the midst of this uncertainty, the 27 cricketers will be tested for coronavirus tomorrow. The BCB has made all the preparations for this.

"We want to be prepared," said Akram Khan, chairman of the BCB Cricket Operations Committee. At the same time, we are waiting for a response from Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the BCB has cleared its position for the tour of Sri Lanka. The national team cricketers will also practice during the seven-day quarantine and quarantine tour of Sri Lanka. The BCB has said it will not visit Sri Lanka if it does not agree to such terms. Bangladesh will play a three-match Test series in Sri Lanka. Which includes the ICC Test Championship.

This series was originally scheduled for July-August this year. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the involved parties rescheduled it for October-November.

Bangladesh's national team is due to fly to Sri Lanka on September 27 but the regulation of Sri Lanka to prevent the spread of the virus put a big question before this plan.

As per Sri Lanka’s regulation, everyone who enters the island nation will have to maintain a strict 14-day quarantine. But BCB asked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to trim this period to seven days. SLC said they have no problem with this but the health authority of Sri Lanka refused the proposal putting the series into jeopardy.

“We’re yet to get a response from SLC. But as we understand, this matter is beyond SLC’s control. A special task force oversees the Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka. If they allow us to tour the country with a shorter quarantine period, they’ll inform SLC and then they’ll tell us about it. What we have asked them is to ensure a shorter quarantine period and allow us to train during that period,” Jalal Younus chairman of media and communication committee of BCB, told the media.

This week, Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president told the media that if Sri Lanka stays firm on their current regulation of a mandatory 14-day quarantine, Bangladesh might not continue with the tour.

At this stage, Namal Rajapaksa, the cabinet minister of youth affairs and sports of Sri Lanka, urged SLC to negotiate with the health department so that they find a way to ease the restriction for the Tigers and make the series happens.

SLC also came up with a new idea of two-country quarantine. As per this idea, the Bangladesh team can stay isolated for seven days in Bangladesh before flying to Sri Lanka and undergo another seven-days isolation after reaching the island nation.