Bangladesh mull Sri Lanka tour following World Cup postponement


Dhaka, July 23

Bangladesh are planning to reschedule their three-Test sequence in Sri Lanka in October following the postponement of this yr’s T20 World Cup in Australia, based on a report.

The sequence was initially scheduled in July-August however needed to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which additionally derailed the World Cup which was to start on October 18.

The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday introduced new dates for the T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 in addition to the 50-overs World Cup in India in 2023.

“The ICC’s announcement of the three major tournaments has provided what window we can work with, as now that we know that the tournament dates are fixed, we can work around with our schedule,” mentioned Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief govt Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

“Both boards are positive about the Test series going ahead later this year. We are in talks with SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket).”

Sri Lanka, which has managed to maintain COVID-19 numbers comparatively low, is prone to be the venue when worldwide cricket returns to the sub-continent from its coronavirus shutdown.

“Sri Lanka is in a better condition than any of the other sub-continent countries at the moment, and since the situation is not favourable here, we are keener on the away matches,” mentioned Chowdhury.

The BCB can be seeking to reschedule its Ireland tour in addition to the house sequence in opposition to Australia and New Zealand which couldn’t happen due to the pandemic.

“We will be in talks with Cricket Ireland as well, though the weather in Ireland is going to be a factor. We will also discuss in due time when Australia and New Zealand can tour Bangladesh,” Chowdhury mentioned. Reuters



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