SLC and BCB postpone Tour of Sri Lanka 2020

SRI LANKA CRICKET (SLC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have decided to postpone the Bangladesh Cricket Team’s Tour of Sri Lanka in October-November 2020 to a later date. Bangladesh were due to travel to Sri Lanka this month to start preparing for a three-match series which is a part of the ICC World Test Championship.

BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said the decision to defer the tour became necessary as the current COVID-19 health guidelines for visitors in Sri Lanka would not have allowed the Bangladesh Team to adequately prepare for a Test series: ‘After a careful review of the guideline, the BCB has communicated to the SLC that the circumstances do not allow us to proceed with the tour at this stage. 

The Bangladesh Team wanted SLC to consider a more flexible form of quarantine so they could start training as a group as early as possible upon arrival. However, The response from the Ministry of Health of the Sri Lanka Government was to not make any exemptions to its latest ‘Health Guideline’.

The BCB and SLC are committed to fulfilling respective FTP itineraries and will work together on rescheduling this series to a mutually agreeable window in the near future.