BCB still hopeful of Sri Lanka tour despite lockdown

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A nationwide week-long lockdown will be imposed in Bangladesh from Monday following a rise in Coronavirus cases, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is not ready to press the panic button regarding the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka yet.

BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told Cricbuzz on Saturday (April 3) that they are keeping their fingers crossed for the tour that comprises of two Tests and a decision in this regard will be taken after assessing the situation in the coming days along with consulting with respective government authorities.

“All the arrangements (for the tour) are in place but at the moment we are focusing on observing the condition of the country,” said Nizamuddin. “I cannot say it is doubtful at the moment considering the government just announced the lockdown.

“We will understand where we stand within a few days and a decision in this regard will be taken after consulting with respective authorities (government) as well as discussing with our Sri Lankan counterpart as well,” he said.

The series originally was scheduled to be played during October – November last year but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bangladesh are scheduled to play both Test matches at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. As part of the preparation, a two-day intra-squad warm-up game is scheduled on April 17-18 at CMC, Katunayake, before they take on the hosts in the first Test on April 21-25 while the second Test is slated from April 29 to May 3 at the same venue.