The Bangladesh Cricket Board refuses to have their players undergo a 14-day quarantine in Sri Lanka.
Due to strict safety protocols imposed by the Sri Lankan government, the three-match Test series against Bangladesh may be most unlikely to push through. With a 14-day quarantine being proposed for the Bangladesh team, BCB president Nazmul Hasan respectfully says no.
Originally, the BCB had expected to have a seven-day quarantine and an additional week of practice in preparation for the said match series. However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has failed to convince their health and security agencies to loosen their implementations for the Bangladesh team.
As per Hasan, ‘A lot of terms are new to us. Many countries have seven-day quarantine but they are being allowed to practice. At some places, teams are being allowed to get to the field after three-day quarantine’.
‘The terms given by SLC yesterday (Sunday) says none of our team members will be allowed to go out even from the room for 14-days. Not even to have a food. We feel there is some reason behind this. We feel that maybe they are dealing a tough situation with COVID-19 which we don't know about. They are playing domestic there but when it came to us they are trying to impose these restrictions’, he added.
So far, the BCB is still waiting for a reply from SLC with regards to the said matter. As Hasan had stated, they will not wait long for SLC’s reply if it will be impossible for their request to be granted. Despite having no replacement for the series yet, the BCB has already made it clear that they want to have their players back on the field.
The supposed 14-day quarantine will end on October 12, leaving the Tigers with five days to practice before their three-day practice match. After two days of rest and probable training, the three-match series was slated to start on October 23. To learn more about the Test format, visit Betwala.
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