With the ongoing corona pandemic causing chaos all over the world, the Bangladesh New Zealand Test Series now stands postponed. Previously, many matches, series and tournaments are already cancelled or postponed due to this pandemic. IPL, T20 World Cup being some of them and now the BANG-NZ Test Series.
Previously the Test Series was fixed in August-September 2020, where New Zealand would tour Bangladesh and play two test matches. However, due to the travel restrictions and ongoing scenario, the chances of that happening seem to be faint. The test series was considered to be an integral part of the inaugural 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.
Bangladesh cricket team precisely had a very bad 2019. They even lost a home Test to Afghanistan. With the protracted player strike and bad performance, it had been a crucial year for the Tigers. The star cricketer, all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, faced a ban for failing to report corruption and will return on 29th October 2020.
These challenges have not only made their morale down but also created void inside the team. In these circumstances, the cancellation of BANG-NZ Test series will only create more pressure for the team. Recently, Mashrafe Mortaza, the former Bangladeshi captain tested positive for the Covid-19 virus along with two other players.
The future of cricket seems vague as everyday matches stand cancelled or postponed. Last week, ICC held a board meeting and said that the decision for hosting the T20 World Cup is still pending and will be taken next month. The cricket body also said that it is considering certain contingency plans and taking care of every possibility.
Though ICC and cricket boards have clearly spoken on taking precautions and measures to host matches, it is yet to see the matches being successfully played on the fields.