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BCB confident of hosting a successful series

Both the teams to arrive in Dhaka today

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 29 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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BCB confident of hosting a successful series
Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain (right) takes a selfie with his teammates before they leave from Harare, Zimbabwe on Wednesday. – Collected Photo

Bangladesh Cricket Board said that they are fully confident of hosting Australia in a bio-secure environment for the upcoming five-match T20I series, scheduled to start on August 3 in Dhaka.

BCB is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that they can provide all the requirements in place that was demanded by Cricket Australia in order to travel to Bangladesh for the first time since 2017.

 “We are very excited. We are thoroughly enjoying the whole thing. Whatever the Australian cricket board has demanded, I think they did it just to ensure the safety of their players,” BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told The Daily Sun on Wednesday.

“And it's not like they are doing this just to us. They had rescheduled the series after one of the support staff was infected back in West Indies.

“They are taking the coronavirus situation very seriously and I would say as this is also a good practice for us as well considering it will make us more aware of everything,” Nizamuddin said, adding that they have a very experienced management team to deal with such a situation.

“I'd say we have a very experienced management team. We already have hosted a few international series and a couple of domestic tournaments in the coronavirus pandemic. Our main goal is to make sure of the bio-bubble safety procedure.

“We had previously managed twelve teams in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL), inside the bio bubble, and we have a very experienced team, which believes that we can safely finish this upcoming series as well,” he added.

The Bangladesh cricket team will arrive in Dhaka from Harare today after a successful series against Zimbabwe, where they won the series in all three formats.

Australia are also scheduled to arrive on the same day afternoon from the Caribbean after winning the one-day international series against the hosts while they lost in the T20I series.

CA earlier had put a long list of wishes before agreeing to send their national team and BCB had obliged to all of CA’s wishes and to satisfy the touring party.

CA demanded that no other person would be allowed to enter the space where the players will stay in the team hotel while they don’t want to cross the immigration hassle and come to the team hotel straight from the airport tarmac. They also requested holding all the matches in one venue.

BCB fulfilled all their wishes and decided to host all the matches at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium while the Aussies will reach the team hotel without going through the immigration passage as their passport will be provided to the immigration officer after arriving and it will be sent to CA officials later.

BCB officials insisted that a specific part of the hotel called the East Wing has been brought under the bio-bubble while another bubble has been created next to the BCB office for the groundsmen.

As of July 21, around 140 people are in quarantine. Among them, 85 persons are staying in the Hotel Intercontinental while around 40 groundsmen are also in quarantine and no one can be added to this group after July 21.

However, it was learnt that both Australia and Bangladesh decided to make some relaxation as far as players getting infected is concerned.

As earlier, it was decided that whoever will be infected will be going out of the hotel but now both parties agreed to take some time and see if it was a false positive or not by keeping the cricketers in isolation.

The decision was made as both teams are running short of cricketers for respective reasons.

“There is a certain protocol in place and we will follow it because there is no scope of bypassing it,” said Nizamuddin.

The matches, which are scheduled to take place on August 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 respectively at the SBNS, will begin at 06:00pm (BST).