The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to start cricket in phases. Although uncertain due to coronavirus, the board wants the players to be ready for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has claimed that they are ready to host the tour as Sri Lanka has so far been more successful than any other country in the world in preventing the deadly virus.
To date, 1643 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Sri Lanka and 11 have died. Of these, 811 people have recovered. In preparation for the upcoming series, the SLC has already started a practice session with 13 players.
The Lankan board has proposed to the BCB to visit at the scheduled time. However, the BCB has not yet made a decision. However, the board will keep the players ready. That is why the cricketers are being planned to return to the field, said BCB chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury.
“There are plans to return to the field as soon as possible and work has started for that,” Chowdhury told to media.
He added, “There is a lot of reliance on the Sri Lanka tour, although no decision has been made so far. But we want the players to be ready and start their normal activities. Players and coaching staff are currently communicating online and planning how to restart cricket.”
Unveiling the roadmap for bringing cricket back, Chowdhury said, “Everyone concerned already knows about health guidelines and is working on some rules.” The safety of the players and other concerned people comes first. We are thinking of testing Covid-19 for everyone. The stadium and the equipment of the players and other coaching staff are being cleaned regularly.
“The BCB will allow the players to practice alone only when we think the situation is favorable,” he added.