Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has asserted that England‘s white-ball visit to their nation stands postponed as of now and not cancelled. The tour, initially scheduled for the September-October window, stands postponed indefinitely, keeping in mind England’s packed schedule. However, both BCB and ECB have been in talks to book the series in late 2022 or early 2023.
Nevertheless, there are also conversations revolving around keeping the series after the T20 World Cup, slated to occur in the UAE from the 17th of October. But a few sources indicated that the leg was postponed after BCB’s request, with the COVID-19 protocols likely playing a part. The Englishmen indeed have a rigorous schedule for the next few months, given a limited-overs tour of Pakistan, the T20 World Cup, and finally the Ashes in Australia.
BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury revealed that with both teams playing plenty of cricket, they are discussing with the ECB whether the series could take place after the T20 World Cup. Chowdhury further seeks the window if it has to occur after the mega event or the option remains to stage it on the original dates.
“Both the teams [Bangladesh and England] are playing a lot of cricket before the T20 World Cup, so we are discussing with the ECB whether the series can be hosted after the World Cup. If the series is pushed to after the T20 World Cup, we have to know when it can be hosted. If the two teams don’t have a gap in the calendar at the same time, we can hold it on the original dates,” Chowdhury stated as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
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Meanwhile, after initially refusing to allow their players to play in the second phase of IPL 2021, ECB looks to have changed its mind. It argued that playing the tournament in the UAE would be ideal preparation for the T20 World Cup.
The BCCI had to postpone the competition in May after 29 matches after a few COVID-19 cases emerged within the bubble. But it resumes on the 19th of September and concludes seven days before the first-round fixtures of the T20 World Cup.