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Tigers get three-day break from practice

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:43 PM, 26 September 2020   Updated: 07:44 PM, 26 September 2020

Bangladesh National Team cricketers during practice session; Photo: BCB

Bangladesh National Team cricketers during practice session; Photo: BCB

Amid the uncertainty over the Sri Lanka tour, national players get three days to break from the practice as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will get a clear picture of the tour these days.

However, no cricketer can go home with his family even if he does not practice. These three days the team will have to stay in the bio-secure bubble at the hotel.

Since Saturday and Sunday are public holidays in Sri Lanka, BCB is hoping to know the final decision on Monday or Tuesday.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva said on Thursday that Bangladesh needs to follow the strict health guidelines provided by the Sri Lanka Covid-19 Task Force, otherwise the proposed three-match Test series could be postponed.

“But BCB wanted to know it in written form after which they will respond about it,” said BCB Cricket Operations chairman Akram Khan.

“We have not received any official letter or mail. If nothing comes officially, I can’t say anything about what is happening outside,” Akram said.

“I think they [SLC] are also hopeful about the tour. Since Saturday and Sunday are public holidays in Sri Lanka, hopefully, they will let us know within Monday or Tuesday about the tour.”

Akram went on to say: “Whatever it is, we are not going to Sri Lanka tomorrow. Hopefully, we’ll leave the country on October 7 to 10 if everything remains positive.”

If the tour, unfortunately, doesn’t happen, Bangladesh has plan B, said Akram.

“If the tour doesn’t happen, our president said that we’ll start domestic cricket. So we have plan B. We are ready to face any situation and we are not bothered about it. Because we have a set plan as to what to do if something doesn’t happen.”

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