Bangladesh Cricket Board wanted to reopen its practice facilities in different parts of the country but Test captain Mominul Haque said return to practice was the furthest thing from his mind as the risk of coronavirus was still very high in Cox’s Bazar.
Mominul has been staying in his hometown Cox’s Bazar with his family during the pandemic. On Saturday, different parts of the district including the municipality area got red-zoned and were put under a 14-day lockdown to curb the number of infections.
With the COVID-19 situation taking a turn for the worse in the coastal district, Mominul was not interested to resume training even if the board reopens the training facilities at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar.
‘Cox’s Bazar is under lockdown now. In this situation, how can I think about practice!,’ Mominul told New Age on Saturday.
Previously, Mushfiqur Rahim and a few other cricketers had requested the board to let them restart personal training at BCB facilities but the board initially denied them, saying it was too risky.
But the BCB then changed their stance on it and were planning to open up a number of their facilities for the players.
‘Not only Mirpur, we are preparing our facilities outside the capital, in places like Rajshahi, Chattogram, Khulna, Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar. So that the players who live in those localities can use the facilities,’ BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told media.
The BCB were sketching out a few training modules to ensure a bio-safe environment for the players to practice in, but resuming practice at this point will still be riddled with risk, felt former Bangladesh captain Aminul Islam.
‘Gymnasium is such a place, from where this disease could spread contagiously. Batsmen might not touch the ball directly, but the bowlers will hold the ball. This way the virus could spread. It will not be a wise decision to start training at this situation.’
While the debate over resuming practice continued, talks over Bangladesh’s scheduled tour of Sri Lanka next month was also on the roll as the series was not officially cancelled or postponed yet.
Bangladesh team are scheduled to play three Test matches in Sri Lanka, who are reportedly trying to arrange a bio-safety environment for the Tigers but Mominul, the captain of the Test side, said the board hasn’t informed him anything about it.
‘I don’t know anything about the tour. I have not heard anything yet,’ he said.
In the south Asian region, Sri Lanka was doing comparatively a better job in handling the COVID-19 situation as there were only 11 reported deaths through virus infections so far in the country with only one active critical case, according to Worldometer.
Sri Lanka Cricket Board, who were still without a broadcast deal, was eager to resume international cricket in their country as they wanted to host India in June and Bangladesh in July.
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