Bangladesh national team and Bangladesh U-19 national team to resume bio-secure residential training camp on Thursday.
While the national team will stay at a Dhaka hotel, the U19-19 team will be there at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar.
It will be the second phase of bio-secure training for the national team. Earlier, they had a week-long bio-secure training camp as a preparation camp ahead of Sri Lanka tour, which is now postponed indefinitely.
The tour was postponed due to Covid-19 restriction by the Sri Lankan government. BCB had urged them to ease the restriction but they refused to do so. As a result, the series has been postponed, and it is not clear yet when it will take place.
The postponed series was the part of the ongoing World Test Championship. Bangladesh played a total of three matches of this event and ended losing all. The Tigers played their last international match back in March this year against Zimbabwe.
“The national and U-19 teams are all set to resume the bio-secure training camp from Thursday. All the participating members have provided their samples for Covid-19 tests. Those who’ll come out negative will join the camp,” Debashis Chowdhury, the sports physician of BCB, told the media on Wednesday.
After just a day in training, the national team will play two two-day and one three-day intra-squad practice games in the next 15 days. After that, BCB is likely to take steps to resume domestic cricket with a T20 league. However, the details are yet to be revealed.
While announcing the postponement of Sri Lanka series, BCB president Nazmul Hassan said this week that the board is working hard to bring cricket back to the field resuming the domestic season.
He also hinted that instead of resuming the paused event, they might host a new one only for this year, and a T20 league might be the first step towards bringing back the game after the Covid-19 hiatus.
The last competitive cricket game held in Bangladesh was in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket Leauge in March. Since then, all the cricketing activities were on hold until some of the national players started an individual training programme before Eid-ul-Azha.
The Tigers might not play any international game this year. Their first away tour is now set against New Zealand which will take place in March 2021, as it was confirmed by both New Zealand and Bangladesh recently.
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The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have announced the itinerary for the Bangladesh Cricket Team’s tour to New Zealand in March, 2021.
The Tigers will play three ODIs and three T20 Internationals against host New Zealand with all the matches taking place at different venues, said a BCB media release on Tuesday.
This will be the first overseas tour by the Bangladesh Cricket team following the interruption to international cricket fixtures from March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bangladesh team is expected to leave here for New Zealand on February 24 in 2021.
The Tigers will start the three-match ODI series on March 13 at University of Otago Oval in Dunedin, the 2nd ODI will be held on March 17 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch and the 3rd and last ODI billed for March 20 at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
The first of the thee-match T20 series will be held on March 23 at McLean Park in Napier, the 2nd match on March 26 at Eden Park in Auckland and the last match on March 28 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury Sujon Tuesday said, “I must compliment NZC for confirming the itinerary which was a real challenge due to the pandemic.”
“We are really looking forward to play in New Zealand. Bangladesh and New Zealand have established a very healthy rivalry in limited overs cricket in recent years and this series promises to be exciting and competitive.” he added.
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As the tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series has been postponed, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is eying to host domestic cricket, BCB president Nazmul Hassan told the media Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The last competitive cricket match took place in Bangladesh in March this year. Right after that, all the cricketing activities were suspended aiming to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
However, most of the members of the national team backed to the field with an individual training programme ahead of Eid-ul-Adha. After the individual programme, BCB also started skill training programme involving a 27-member squad of the national team.
All these preparation were taken ahead of the Sri Lanka tour. But, due to the strict Covid-19 restriction, Sri Lanka health department is reluctant to allow Bangladesh a seven-day quarantine period upon their arrival in Sri Lanka, what BCB has asked earlier. This stance of Sri Lanka has resulted in a further delay to this series. Now, the series needs another reschedule.
“I think the Sri Lanka tour will not take place now. So we are planning to host domestic cricket soon. The Covid-19 situation of our country indeed is not allowing any other games to get resumed. But we are trying to bring the cricket back to the field,” Nazmul Hassan told the media.
“The training camp of the national team will resume soon, and the team will play a few practice game among them. After that, we want to resume domestic cricket. We may play a tournament involving five to six teams. At least 90 players will join this event if the teams are six. However, the details plan about how we resume domestic cricket will be revealed soon,” he added.
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Bangladesh’s Sri Lanka tour for a three-match Test series has been postponed, BCB President Nazmul Hassan said Monday.
“We’re not touring Sri Lanka now. We can't follow the condition … So this series is postponed and requires a reschedule,” he told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
He said BCB will now prepare to resume domestic cricket. Before that, the members of the national team will play two or three-day matches among them. In the meantime, BCB will take required steps to host domestic cricket.
This series was originally scheduled for July-August this year. But due to the Covid-19 outbreak, both boards agreed to play it in October-November.
As per the health protocol set by Sri Lanka, everyone entering the island nation is required to undergo 14-day quarantine. But BCB urged them to cut the period by half and allow the team to train during quarantine.
The BCB president on Sep 14 said the Lankan board is unable to accept the conditions of Bangladesh as the Covid-19 task force of Sri Lanka will not allow anyone to enter the country without strict 14-day quarantine.
BCB head also said that they might not continue with the series if SLC fails to arrange a shorter quarantine. The Tigers were due to fly for Sri Lanka on September 27. Keeping this date in mind, cricketers were in a bio-secure bubble for five days.
After being confirmed that a flight to Sri Lanka is not possible on September 27, BCB allowed the cricketers to break the bubble and go to their families.
This series is a part of the ongoing World Test Championship. Bangladesh have already played three matches of this event- two against India and one against Pakistan- and lost all of them.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) broke out of the bio-secure bubble which was created for the cricketers to keep them safe from the deadly Covid-19 ahead of the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
The bubble was created on September 20, and a residential training camp was kicked off on September 21. Since the tour is still uncertain, BCB decided to allow the cricketers to break the bubble and meet their family. The decision came to keep the players mentally fresh.
“We have to keep the cricketers mentally fresh. They were stuck in the hotel rooms for a few days. The bubble is indeed broken now. But we have to consider their mental health as well. So had to make this move,” Debashis Chowdhury, the chief physician of BCB told the media.
As the chairman of the BCB cricket operations department, Akram Khan told the media that this break will last for three days. After that, the training will be resumed at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. However, it’s unclear whether a new bubble will be set or not.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is yet to respond positively for this tour. As per the health department’s protocol of Sri Lanka, everyone entering the island nation is required a strict 14-day quarantine. But BCB urged them to trim this period to seven days for the touring side, which was refused by the Covid-19 task force of Sri Lanka.
However, BCB is still hopeful for the series. Akram Khan on Saturday told the media that the BCB is still waiting for a positive response from SLC.