COVID-19: New Zealand postpone Bangladesh tour

New Zealand Cricket and hosts Bangladesh Cricket Board have agreed to defer the proposed bilateral. Both the cricket boards have mutually agreed to defer the Test series, which were to be played in Bangladesh during August-September.

The Kiwis were to tour Bangladesh for the two-match series as part of the ICC World Test Championship .

Bangladesh Cricket Board has stated that the next dates for the series will be decided amicably by both the boards.

“In the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, hosting a full cricket series in August 2020 will be a challenge in terms of preparations and we cannot take chances with the safety and health of players, support staff and related stakeholders,” chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted as saying in a BCB statement.

“Under these circumstances, the BCB and NZC have felt that the best way forward would be to defer the series. We realise that this will be hugely disappointing for the players and officials of both teams, not to mention the fans of the two nations but I must thank NZC for its understanding and for recognising the rationale behind such a decision.”

Earlier, New Zealand’s trans-Tasman neighbours Australia had to postponed the proposed tour of Bangladesh due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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