The rise in COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh has forced the postponement of Pakistan’s U-19 tour of Bangladesh. The rapid surge of instances of the outbreak has also caused a nationwide lockdown. Pakistan’s junior cricket team was supposed to fly out to Dhaka on the 11th of April for a four-day fixture alongside five 50-over games.
After the Bangladesh government imposed a nationwide lockdown at the beginning of April, Pakistan’s departure got rescheduled to the 17th. Unfortunately, with the situation still grim in Bangladesh, the authorities had to extend the lockdown. It led to an indefinite postponement of Pakistan’s U-19 team’s visit as their matches were to start on the 23 of April.
Both cricket boards have to look for the next window available to conduct the matches and do the same when the situation in Bangladesh improves. The men in green U-19 cricket team’s training camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore has also now concluded.
Pakistan U-19 team last played in the 2020 World Cup:
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s U-19 team has not played any cricket since their exit from the 2020 World Cup came through India’s hands. The men in blue beat their arch-rivals by ten wickets in the semi-final of the tournament. Half-centuries from captain Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali were not enough as Yashasvi Jaiswal and Divyansh Saxena delivered victory by ten wickets.