Sri Lanka Tests in April: BCB

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:05, Feb 20,2021


The Tigers will fly to Sri Lanka in April to play two Test matches against the island nation, said Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

The Test matches, which are part of ICC Test Championship, were originally scheduled to take place in July -August 2020 but got deferred twice due to different reasons.

The BCB ceo said that discussions with their Sri Lanka counterparts have been fruitful and now there is a high probability of the series being staged in April.

‘We are communicating with the Sri Lankan board. So far, we have finalised the two Test matches which were part of ICC Test Championship,’ Nizamuddin told the media on Saturday

‘Both the matches will take place at the same venue. Hopefully around April 12-15, Bangladesh will travel to Sri Lanka,’ he added.

The series initially got deferred in June last year when BCB declined to send the national team to Sri Lanka, citing lack of preparation due to the government restrictions imposed on all sporting activities in the country due to the pandemic.

The Series was rescheduled for October 2020, but at the last moment the tour was postponed due to differences between the two boards regarding quarantine restrictions and touring party size issues.

Sri Lanka since then has hosted the England Test team for a two-match series, where the English team didn’t had to go through a lengthy quarantine nor had to follow many of the strict rules which were imposed on the Bangladesh team.

Nizamuddin said that this time the Bangladesh series will follow the same protocol as the England series.

‘So far we know, the COVID situation in Sri Lanka is much better than before. The England team had already visited Sri Lanka. We were told that we will have to follow the same guidelines as,’ the BCB ceo said.

The venue is not fixed yet and Nizamuddin insists that the announcement should come from the hosts first.

‘As the host board gives the announcement, it’s better to come from their side,’ he said.

England played both their Test matches at Galle.

The BCB has already started the vaccination process of the cricketers ahead of the New Zealand tour and a group of cricketers including Rubel Hossain, Afif Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman took their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine at the Kurmitola General Hospital on Saturday.

Nizamduddin told that most of the touring party members of the upcoming New Zealand tour have already taken the first dose of the vaccine.

‘The government has given us the opportunity and for us it is also important to take it. The vaccine does not ensure that you will be 100 per cent safe but we will be one step ahead.’

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