Bangladesh players are unlikely to tour Sri Lanka in July because of the COVID-19 situation.
Senior players of the Bangladesh team has expressed some reservations about travelling in the wake of the COVID-19 situation. With that, their tour set on the third week of July in Sri Lanka starts to become more unsure.
Even BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan admitted that the possibility of the series being pushed through in the original schedule became really low. He said, ‘Yes we had spoken with some of the players and they did not show any interest (to tour during that point of time). I think chances are very slim about the Sri Lanka tour commencing on scheduled time frame’.
It has also been learnt that the BCB officials had a meeting with their leading cricket players in a teleconference about their thoughts on the possible resumption of the tour. In the said meeting, it has been unanimously decided that they will no longer tour in the original time frame.
Sri Lanka Cricket, on the other hand, is trying to convince the BCB to visit in September where a revised itinerary may be followed.
Khan, in response, says, ‘We cannot go there without proper preparation because it is a three-match Test series. The players are out of cricket for a long time so after returning to cricket they will at least need 40 days training comprised with one-month skill training following a 10 days fitness camp. So we cannot commit anything right away regarding the Sri Lanka tour’.
Originally, the Bangladesh team was supposed to travel to Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series which were to be held in Colombo, Galle, and Kandy. These matches were supposed to be a part of the ICC Test Championship. To further understand how Test matches differ from the other formats of cricket, head over to Betwala.
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