BCB mulls resumption of cricket as govt eases lockdown conditions
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) mulls bringing cricket back onto the rails but awaits clearance from the government to proceed with their plans.
In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, all cricket activities in the country, like elsewhere, were stopped hastily but talks have now begun to plan gradual resumption of competitive cricket.
Bangladesh players were strutting their stuff in the Dhaka Premier League before the COVID-19 crisis hit Bangladesh and as the cases began to surge, BCB decided to postpone the event after the match on March 16.
“We want to resume the game in Bangladesh and the cricketers are also hoping for so. But it’s not up to us. At first, we need everything to go back to normalcy.
"We are waiting for a green signal from the government. We have no plan to bring the cricket back to the field without the government instruction,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB CEO, told the media.
The last leg of the high-profile Bangladesh tour of Pakistan was abruptly postponed after the mutual consensus of boards of both countries respectively owing to the COVID-19 situation.
After the first leg of the tour, the Tigers were scheduled to travel back to Pakistan after the completion of Pakistan Super League season five but the ICC Test Championship fixture was engulfed by the virus. In addition, Bangladesh tour of Ireland has also been sent to the cold storage.
It remains to be seen how the inaugural edition of ICC Test Championship's schedule will be rejigged with the cancellation of many planned series.
As per the Future Tour Programs of International Cricket Council (ICC), Bangladesh is set to visit Sri Lanka next month but there is no official decision on the prospect of the bilateral series.
The BCB CEO said, “We have not postponed the Sri Lanka series yet. We are observing the situation in Sri Lanka. To be honest, we are not in a position to talk about the future of this series. We are currently thinking much on the series which are postponed due to the virus.”
BCB chief is considering a restart of domestic tournaments and the players presumably would be eagerly looking forward to partaking in the remaining Dhaka League that contributes significantly to the earnings of domestic cricketers.
There have been almost 11,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 186 people have lost their lives in Bangladesh.
The lockdown restrictions are easing out slowly and life is coming back to normal routine in the cricket-loving powerhouse of South Asia.