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Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka delayed further

 Sports Desk

 Published: 04:23 PM, 26 September 2020   Updated: 04:31 PM, 26 September 2020

Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka delayed further

Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka delayed further

Uncertainty over Bangladesh's national cricket team's tour of Sri Lanka does not end. Earlier, it was said that the Tigers will leave the country for a three-match Test series later this month. It goes without saying that there is no possibility now. The latest news is that the date of Mominul Haque's team's tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Cricket Operations Committee Chairman Akram Khan confirm this on Saturday (September 26). The BCB official said that there is a possibility to tour Sri Lanka from October 7 to 10.

However, Akram Khan did not say for sure whether the Sri Lanka tour will be or not. He said they would wait for another two to three days to know the final decision from Sri Lanka. 

Earlier, Ashley de Silva, chief executive of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), said it would not be possible to hold a series with Bangladesh at the moment if they did not comply with earlier conditions on the coronavirus given by Sri Lankan government. He made the remarks in an interview with Sri Lankan media on Thursday.

"We will send the message to the BCB from the Covid Task Force," said Ashley de Silva. If the BCB is not ready to abide by the taskforce's health guidelines, we will have to suspend the series. In that case, we will think to organize this series next year or the following year. Basically, such a statement raised fears about the Sri Lanka tour.

However, SLC secretary Mohan de Silva is still optimistic that the BCB will agree to the new health guidelines. In this regard, he said, we have sent the demands of the BCB to the concerned authorities. You know, as a country we have been very successful in controlling the coronavirus epidemic. That's why we have to follow strict health guidelines.

"We have continued discussions with the BCB and are sure that they are negotiating on these issues. Hopefully, we can solve this problem and Bangladesh team will visit Sri Lanka soon," he added.

Originally, Bangladesh were scheduled to tour in Sri Lanka in July-August for the series but it was postponed indefinitely due to the highly contagious coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board imposed a number of conditions, including a 14-day mandatory quarantine and a ban on practice at that time. The Bangladesh Cricket Board demanded 7 days of quarantine and practice facilities. However, Sri Lanka's Covid Task Force did not accept any of this.