Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] will zero in on their final decision regarding the fate of their tour to Sri Lanka within this week.
BCB had already postponed the last phase of their tour of Pakistan and the succeeding trip to Ireland due to the proliferation of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown.
There have been reports that Sri Lankan Cricket Board [SLC] has proposed BCB to postpone the series from July to September. Bangladesh is originally scheduled to play three ICC Test Championship Tests in Sri Lanka next month but according to reports, SLC has even proposed a change in schedule by adding two T20Is in place of a Test match in order to generate revenue.
However, BCB Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhary has dismissed all such reports, stating that there have been no such proposals by the SLC.
“We’re still discussing with the Sri Lankan board whether the series can be held in July. We’re trying to understand its advantages and disadvantages. But whatever the decision on the Sri Lanka tour, it will be finalized within the next week,” said Nizamuddin as quoted by CricFrenzy.
“If the series takes place, both the teams will then have to prepare themselves and Sri Lanka will have to take other preparations as the host. That is why there is no chance to be late,” Chowdhury added.
BCB set to hold a meeting regarding the Sri Lankan tour this week
Nizamuddin Chowdhary also revealed that the BCB officials will be holding a meeting via video conference in the next few days where a final call on the Sri Lankan tour will be taken.
The BCB chief executive asserted that players views will be taken into account before arriving on a final decision.
If the series does go ahead as planned, the selectors might go down the English route, who recently selected a 55-man group ahead of the series against West Indies, and select a large pool of players.
“The practice is a little different now. That’s why everyone is announcing a big team. We are also thinking of doing something like that while talking with the coaches and management,” Habibul Bashar said.