Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official said on Tuesday that they are not hopeful to host maiden Women’s Under-19 World Cup in scheduled time due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) did not provide any directive to BCB regarding the tournament as the deadly virus created mayhem around the world.The first edition of the tournament was slated to be held in February-March in Bangladesh.
“There was no discussion about the Women’s Under-19 World Cup. The ICC also doesn’t give any directive yet,” BCB Women’s Wing Chairman Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel told daily sun.
“The situation is such that we can’t take any decision and talk about any tournament right at this moment. Hopefully, the virus would go away very soon to allow us to take decision on every tournament,” he said.
The main challenge for the BCB Women’s Wing is to prepare a team for this World Cup and the BCB official insisted they have prepared a 30-member squad.
“Our youth team is fully prepared. We have a squad with 30 members, who came from the aged level team. Our game development coaches are working with them. The national coaching staffs also are helping them,” said Nadel.
“We also planned to arrange a camp for those girls in a bid to prepare them for the World Cup. Since we are the hosts and it’s out first youth team, we had a preparation to give them the highest facilities but the corona situation ruined everything,” he said.“We don’t know when the situation will improve. We also don’t know whether we can arrange the tournament on schedule. We are in dark about it now,” he concluded.