Tigers’ Cricket Resumption

SL tour may be new pathway

Sports Correspondent

12 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

SL tour may be new pathway

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) needs to find out an alternative way to mark their return to international cricket if the Twenty20 World Cup gets postponed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following the Asia Cup postponement recently.

Earlier, Asian Cricket Council (ACC) through a media release confirmed that the Asia Cup tournament is not going to be held in the given schedule amid the escalating coronavirus worldwide pandemic. But the apex body of the Asian cricket said that it will be played next year in Sri Lanka.

And so, the resumption of the cricket for the BCB gets uncertain as there is no international tournament ahead for Tigers barring Down Under ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in between October-November.

If the 2020 ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Australia also gets postponed due to the fears of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, there will then be a huge sum of a gap for the national team’s players.

BCB has already postponed its home series against Australia and New Zealand before the postponement of the much-talked Sri Lanka tour due to the pandemic situation.

The board officials along with the players kept their finger crossed for the Asia Cup that eventually was ruled out and as of now, the cloud of uncertainty is looming over this year’s ICC’s flagship event.

For this reason, BCB might think of alternative ways to mark their return to international cricket and for this, the best possible option is to reschedule the Test match series against Sri Lanka and tour to the Island country in that September slot.

BCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that they are also thinking about the possibility of the Sri Lanka tour.

“If the Asia Cup and the World Cup get postponed, matches can then be played at that time in Sri Lanka. The series with Sri Lanka can be discussed only after the decision of ICC regarding T20 WC,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury told daily sun on Saturday.

However, the BCB may send its High-Performance (HP) team to Sri Lanka before the national team’s tour.

BCB officials said that an email had been sent to Sri Lanka for HP team’s tour to September that was postponed earlier adding that the series can be held if the board wants.

At a time when all avenues for returning to international cricket are getting closed one by one, a tour to Sri Lanka may be the search for a new path.

“We’ll prioritise the home series over the away series. Organising the series has been postponed due to the COVID-19. Away series can be played at any time. Don’t have to do more for that,” he said.

“More than 20 cricketers will be prepared to play abroad. But the real test is organising the home series. For that, we have to make big preparations. We’ll try to do that,” he added.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already said if the tournaments slotted at the September-October window gets postponed, they will then think to conduct the most lucrative franchise-based tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) on that time slot.

However, if Bangladesh managed to conduct a home series in that September window, it would then be a great opportunity for both players and the boards to make an example for others.

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo is well aware that when normalcy returns, cricket will again be played across the world, but opined that it couldn't be played without proper preparation.

“Obviously we’re not sure when international cricket is going to start again but what’s important is that before starting we get some time to prepare both physically and technically before we rush into a series again,” Domingo said on Wednesday (April 22).

“The biggest challenge when we start me suppose will be getting players physically fit to start playing again. The players have been given individual training programmes and schedules. But being in the lockdown does limit your physical preparation considerably, so getting guys fit before we play again is of paramount importance,” he said.