Will Tigers` Sri Lanka tour go ahead?...

Dhaka, Wednesday   21 October 2020

Will Tigers` Sri Lanka tour go ahead?

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:58 AM, 25 September 2020   Updated: 02:14 PM, 25 September 2020

Will Tigers` Sri Lanka tour go ahead?

Will Tigers` Sri Lanka tour go ahead?

Bangladesh wanted to return to cricket with a three-match Test series against host Sri Lanka after the epidemic coronavirus. However, the tour is hanging on to the rules of the coronavirus. Which is now on the way to suspension. Some Sri Lankan media reported that the Bangladesh cricket team's tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed. However, neither the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) nor the Sri Lankan Cricket Board has yet issued a statement over the suspension of the series.

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.

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.