BCB restart negotiations with SLC
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), it is understood, has restarted renegotiations with their Sri Lankan counterparts regarding the rescheduling of the postponed tour. Bangladesh were scheduled to play three Tests in July, but due to the COVID-19 crisis, BCB informed SLC that a conducive environment has still not arrived for the players to take part in an international series.
Subsequently, the tour was rescheduled with the first Test to be played from 24 October, but the BCB thereupon asked SLC to reschedule the tour as they were not willing to comply with the 14-day quarantine requirement.
BCB’s Cricket Operations Chairman, Akram Khan, confirmed the latest development regarding the Sri Lanka tour to Cricbuzz, adding that they are expecting a positive response.
“Yes, we have started talking with SLC regarding the postponed tour as we are keen to play the series in between the tight schedule that we have next year,” said Akram. Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have a slot between April and May and the two Boards are trying to slot the series - which is part of ICC Test Championship - then.
Cricbuzz also understands that the BCB is expecting to receive the same treatment that will be applicable for the England team, who are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in January for a two-match Test series. Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry, in a surprise move, proposed no quarantine for the visiting England team, as opposed to the 14-day mandatory quarantine set for the Bangladesh side.
According to reports, England are expected to arrive around 3 January and will have about 11 days before the first Test, which will be played from 14 January, while the second Test will be played from 23 January.