As the corona pandemic surges more bad news emerges for the cricket lovers. After BAN-NZ Test series got postponed, Bangladesh Tour of Sri Lanka postponed due to the ongoing emergency. Previously other tournaments like the T20 World Cup and IPL also got postponed for an indefinite time.
Bangladesh was scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July. they were due to play three Test Matches as part of their 2019-2021 ICC Test Championship. However, as of now, that too stands cancelled. In April the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had confirmed that they were yet to cancel the tour of Sri Lanka due to the pandemic and would wait for Government instructions.
BCB faces huge loss
In May 2020, Nizamuddin Chowdhury confirmed they were discussing with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to understand the playing scenarios regarding the Test series. Nazmul Hassan, President of BCB also said that they were prioritizing the ICC events and the decision depends upon ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
However, on Monday, ICC announced the Bangladesh New Zealand Test series have been postponed due to the pandemic. In these scenarios when the nations have travel restrictions, it is actually difficult to host such a grand tournament. The Sri Lankan team is also scheduled to tour Bangladesh in December 2020, which has fewer chances of happening as of now.
A few days ago, Bangladesh former captain, Mashrafe Mortaza tested positive for the covid19 virus along with two other Bangladesh players. This is bound to cause huge loss to the Bangladesh cricket. Today 7 Pakistan players have tested positive for the virus, making the country’s cricketers count 10.
In such scenarios, it is yet to see how cricket resumes and most importantly when the cricket fans get the chance of witnessing their favourite team play. Till now, the T20 World Cup, IPL, BAN-NZ Test series and Bangladesh Tour of Sri Lanka postponed due to this infectious disease.