SLC to postpone tour if BCB rejects new protocols

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:12, Sep 25,2020

 
 

Sri Lanka Cricket’s chief executive officer Ashley De Silva on Thursday said that if Bangladesh Cricket Board doesn’t agree with the revised health guidelines set by their COVID-19 Taskforce, they will have no choice but to postpone the Test series against Bangladesh.

‘If they are not prepared to abide by those guidelines which will be given by the taskforce we would be compelled to call off the tour and reschedule the tour during the same cycle maybe for the next year or the following year,’ Silva said during an interview with ThePapare.com on Thursday.

Silva made the remark a day after BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury spoke to the media about still not getting a response from their Sri Lankan counterparts.

Silva also said that they are yet to hear from their COVID-19 Taskforce and will inform BCB of

the revised guidelines as soon as they get the feedback.

SLC’s honourary secretary Mohan De Silva, however, had a more hopeful outlook to the situation and believed the three-Test series will commence soon.

‘We are very grateful to the authorities who have shown great interest and enthusiasm and are encouraging us to resume international cricket. So we are negotiating with them and I am sure that we will be able to resolve this and I expect Bangladesh team to arrive in Sri Lanka without much delay,’ Mohan said.

BCB president Nazmul Hasan, earlier, refused to send the national team for the series if SLC doesn’t ease some of the restrictions and the board had communicated their list of demands to the host.

Tigers were initially scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka on September 27 and the first Test was supposed to begin on October 24 but now both the dates are likely to be pushed back.

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