SLC seeks ways to salvage Bangladesh Tour
By Wichithra Weerasinghe
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials have decided to seek the input of the head of the COVID-19 Task Force Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva shortly, in order to resolve the present imbroglio that has arisen between the SLC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), regarding the quarantine period that has to be undergone by the Bangladesh team ahead of the start of the three-match Test series next month.
The issue had been aggravated due to the BCB expressing its displeasure having to subject its players to a 14-day quarantine period as per health regulations. Instead the BCB had demanded to reduce the quarantine period by a week as revealed by BCB Chairman Nazmul Hassan.
Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa intervening to diffuse the situation between the two Boards had maintained that following the requisite medical precautions would be the need of the hour in order to prevent players from falling victim to the global pandemic.
Afterwards the Minister had advised the SLC officials to seek the input of the COVID-19 Task Force and then brief BCB accordingly.
As a result, the SLC top brass had met Silva in order to discuss the issue at length. During this discussion the Army Commander had maintained that he alone cannot take a decision regarding the matter and that he would have to talk with other members of the Task Force as well before conveying their final decision to SLC.
Furthermore, Shavendra Silva had informed SLC officials that he would do his utmost to resolve the issue swiftly paving the way for the international series between the two countries to take place next month.
In the meantime, airing his views in this connection Head of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, has stated that the Bangladesh team would have to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period ahead of their impending series