Earlier this week, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has rejected Sri Lanka’s three Test series offer in October as the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) increased the period of the quarantine to 14 days. The SLC has sent letter to BCB stating that the tourists will have to serve a 14-day quarantine period during which the players cannot even step out of their rooms for meals, leave alone intra-squad practise matches.
“Under no circumstances can a World Test Championship take place with conditions such as this,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan said. “So we are going to let them know that a Test Championship is not possible under the conditions they have asked to be met. We will give them this message and then let’s see what happens. The conditions that they are giving us are rare in history.”
The two main issues, according to Hasan are, firstly that no intra-squad practice will be allowed in the quarantine period, and secondly, Sri Lanka will not provide throwers or net bowlers while still expecting Bangladesh to travel with less than 30 people, including team staff. Hasan also claims that other international cricket series going on around the world require only seven days of quarantine. We still have a lot information about Cricket News at here!
The proposed tour would consist of 3 Test matches sometime in October 2020. Sri Lanka’s health authorities have so far insisted on strict 14-day quarantine for all arrivals. Shortly after the disagreement, SLC has proposed a split, two-country quarantine for the Bangladesh team in the board’s latest attempt to convince Sri Lanka’s health ministry to allow the tour to go ahead next month.
According to a report by Sri Lankan newspaper, SLC formally wrote to the Health Ministry asking the possibilities of relaxed quarantine guidelines after discussions between SLC chief Shammi Silva and Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa. The SLC have suggested the idea of Bangladesh’s players doing seven days of quarantine in Bangladesh before flying to Sri Lanka and doing seven further days of quarantine.
The SLC is yet to receive a feedback from neither Sri Lanka’s health authorities nor the BCB. The Sri Lankan Board expects to have more clarity from the health ministry in the next few days. In any case, this series is now unlikely to start until at least mid-October. At the time of writing, the island has only 3,276 cases while only 13 deaths from the virus.
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