Sri Lanka lights ray of hope for Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:30, May 18,2020


Bangladesh cricket finally sees some light at the end of the tunnel, as Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday expressed their willingness to go ahead with the bilateral series against Bangladesh in July, which would bring an end to the country’s cricketing lockdown.

Bangladesh was scheduled to tour the island nation for a three-Test series, which was part of the World Test Championship, in mid-July, but the series was seemingly heading towards postponement after the International Cricket Council deferred July’s Women’s World Cup Qualifier slotted to take place in Sri Lanka.

But SLC chief executive officer Ashley de Silva on Monday told ESPNCricinfo that they have not postponed their home series against India in June and Bangladesh in July yet.

‘We have made inquiries from both the India and Bangladesh boards and are awaiting a response from them. As of now, those series haven’t been postponed,’ the SLC chief executive told ESPNCricinfo.

The chances of both series taking place has increased as the COVID-19 situation has been steady in Sri Lanka for around two weeks, with only around 500 active cases of virus infection in the country for that period.

Sri Lanka cricket was also keen to bring back international cricket as they are currently without a media sponsor and a series against Bangladesh and especially against India could help them bring in huge revenue from media rights.

But there were still quite a few hurdles to be crossed for the series to eventually take place as both the cricket board’s would require permission from their government and other concerned authorities to lift travel restrictions and to provide bio-secure environment for the players.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive last week had told New Age that the board will take the final call on the Sri Lanka series after taking everything into consideration.

‘We will consider everything like preparation, travel arrangements, travel restrictions etc. But only after we receive green signal from all the concerned authorities then we will proceed,’ Nizam told New Age.

SLC, earlier, had postponed their home series’ against England in March and South Africa in early June due to the COVID-19 situation.

Bangladesh had missed out from the third part of their split Pakistan tour, home series against Australia and away series against Ireland due to the pandemic.

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