Bangladesh postpone tour of Sri Lanka after disagreement over quarantine period
Bangladesh will not go ahead with the Test tour of Sri Lanka next month after a stalemate between the two cricket boards over the quarantine protocols set by the Sri Lankan government.
The decision to reschedule the tour was conveyed by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan, who informed the media of the latest development at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
“They have agreed to most of our conditions except one that is the 14-day quarantine," Nazmul was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.
"We understand that this is something being controlled by their government due to the Covid-19 pandemic and SLC and their sports ministry doesn’t have much to do here. But for us, it is not possible to send the team under this condition."
Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka was originally supposed to be held in July and August but the trip was postponed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The three Tests fall under the ambit of the inaugural World Test Championship where bottom-placed Bangladesh are yet to open their account.
It is understood that health officials in Sri Lanka are concerned about the high-profile Covid-19 cases in the Bangladesh camp including opening batsman Saif Hassan and pacer Abu Jayed.
The training group announced by BCB was set to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27 as they have been engaging in practice sessions on an individual basis in their own country.
“As I had previously said, it is not possible to play Test championship under the guideline that they had given. They have agreed to all our conditions except for one but that is the main to us which is the 14-day quarantine which actually is isolation, the players cannot go out even from their room," Nazmul added.
The BCB has been persistent in its demands to show leniency in the two-week isolation period since they have argued against the burden on the mental well-being of the players.
"This isolation will have a big impact on the players' mentality and it will require for them to recover from this. It is not possible for us to play this way," the BCB boss elaborated.
New dates for the series will be drafted in due course as the BCB and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are consulting with each other.
“We were informed of this yesterday [Sunday] and today [Monday] we got back to them it is not possible for us to send the team under such guideline and that the series should be rescheduled. We shall have this series the [Covid-19] situation improves and when there are no such conditions,” Nazmul said.