Pakistan U-19 team’s tour highly unlikely

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:28, Apr 04,2021


The series between Bangladesh Under-19 team and their Pakistani counterparts, which is scheduled to take place from April 19 to May 5, looks highly unlikely as the COVID-19 infection rate in the country is increasing alarmingly, said Bangladesh Cricket Board officials on Sunday.

Pakistan Under-19 team is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on April 12 to play a four-day game and four 50-over matches.

But after the Bangladesh government’s decision to impose a nationwide lockdown from today to April 11, BCB game development committee chairman Khaled Mahmud thinks the chances of this series taking place in the current circumstance is very low.

‘Chances are very low. But still before cancelling it both the boards will discuss the matter. But I think it is highly unlikely at this moment,’ the former Bangladesh captain told New Age.

BCB game development department manager AEM Kawser told New Age that the board is continuing with its preparation, but he is not too optimistic about the series.

‘The way we hold cricket series these days is by maintaining the global standard of health safety. We create a bio-secure bubble where the transport, hotel, grounds staff all are taken inside including the players’ and support staff,’ said Kawser.

‘The players will come and will be kept in isolation until they come out negative in multiple tests. But despite everything, it is highly unlikely. The lockdown is up to 11th and they are coming on 12th. Let’s see what both the boards decide but at this moment the series seems highly unlikely,’ added Kawser.

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