Bangladesh Cricket Board has postponed the proposed tour to Sri Lanka due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the fourth consecutive series being deferred in Sri Lanka even as the Island Nation is fast returning to normalcy from the novel coronavirus spread. England, South Africa and India have already postponed their tours to Sri Lanka.
The teams besides the coronavirus threat also need time to have enough practice for the players to regain their match fitness and form after having been out of action due to lockdown imposed to mitigate the spread of the incurable virus.
“Bangladesh’s tour to Sri Lanka, scheduled to take place next month, has been postponed,” the ICC posted on its Twitter handle.
Bangladesh was scheduled to tour Sri Lanka next month for a three-Test series.
Sri Lanka Cricket has also issued a statement to announce that they will not be hosting Bangladesh as per their original schedule in July this year.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Bangladesh Cricket Board has informed SLC that a conducive environment has still not arrived for their players to take part in an international cricket series, purely due to the lack of preparation for its players, caused by the Covid – 19 pandemic,” read the SLC statement.
“The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket have agreed that Bangladesh national team’s tour of Sri Lanka which was scheduled to be held during July 2020 will not take place and will be deferred to a mutually planned later date.”
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was expected to play a 3-Test series during the tour under the ICC World Test Championship.
The COVID-19 pandemic had on Tuesday had led to New Zealand’s Test tour of Bangladesh being postponed after three players in the host nation have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection.