Disagreements over Covid-19 protocols proceed to canine Bangladesh’s World Take a look at Championship sequence in Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to start in late October. Final week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had knowledgeable the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that the Bangladesh gamers would must be in quarantine for one week upon touchdown within the island, earlier than having the ability to practice.
SLC has now elevated the quarantine interval to 14 days, and BCB president Nazmul Hassan has mentioned it will not be attainable for his gamers to be confined to their lodge rooms for that lengthy. Instantly after the BCB had spelled out its stance, Sri Lanka’s sports activities minister Namal Rajapaksa tweeted that he has requested the SLC to seek the advice of the Covid activity pressure to rethink the matter.
After an emergency board assembly, Hassan mentioned that they’d been engaged on a schedule with a seven-day quarantine in thoughts. However a 14-day interval would imply that the Bangladesh Take a look at squad, all of whom have not performed a aggressive match in six months, will get only one week to organize for the primary Take a look at scheduled on October 23.
“We can’t play World Take a look at Championships with these time period and circumstances,” Hassan mentioned. “Till their letter yesterday, each boards have been having discussions alongside the strains of a seven-day quarantine,” Hassan mentioned. “However now their phrases and circumstances are nowhere close to these discussions, and neither are they something near what different nations internet hosting cricket within the pandemic are doing. There are three or seven-day quarantines in these locations the place the gamers can both practice amongst themselves or use the gymnasium.
Hassan mentioned that the SLC’s limiting of their entourage, whereas on the similar time refusing to offer them internet bowlers, can be additional troubling for the touring facet.
“[SLC] have informed us that our gamers cannot even step out of the lodge room. Not even for meals. They’ve additionally chosen Dambulla because the venue for the preliminary coaching camp which would depart us remoted in any case. They’ll have the home league with so many gamers nationwide however we’ve to face such powerful restrictions. I’ve discovered that different groups have not confronted such circumstances. We’re astounded.”
As everyone knows the #COVID19 pandemic continues to be at massive globally, prevention measures are a excessive precedence. Nonetheless, given the importance of #cricket within the area, I’ve requested @OfficialSLC to seek the advice of the covid activity pressure and rethink the @BCBtigers matter. https://t.co/Ed9VtwpEt0
— Namal Rajapaksa (@RajapaksaNamal) September 14, 2020
When the tour was first agreed upon, the BCB had deliberate to ship their Excessive Efficiency staff over as nicely in order that they’ll play the Take a look at staff and assist them put together over the primary two weeks of their tour. The BCB would bear all prices even when it meant at the very least a 60-member contingent touring collectively from Dhaka, after which getting back from Colombo, after each groups’ tour ends in mid-November. Bangladesh’s first two follow matches have been additionally scheduled towards the HP facet, after which the SLC was presupposed to take over and host one follow match earlier than the Take a look at sequence. However the SLC was handed these stricter circumstances by the nation’s well being authorities this week, which they conveyed to the BCB.
“Seeing that they began home cricket, we knowledgeable the SLC that we’re coming with a giant squad in order that we will have our coaching camp there,” Hasan mentioned. “However they won’t enable us to coach when our gamers have been inactive for seven months. They will not even allow us to take internet bowlers and neither are they going to supply us with any internet bowlers. How can we play World Take a look at Championship with none coaching? So it’s not attainable for us.”
Bangladesh have been scheduled to depart for Colombo on September 27, with the primary Take a look at slated to start on October 23.