The Bangladesh Cricket Board has introduced a comprehensive Covid-19 management plan to its West Indian counterpart awaiting for approval ahead of the upcoming home series in January. Which is the initial action on starting the international cricket in Bangladesh.
The West Indies are due to tour for two Tests and three ODIs. As the BCB reschedule a slew of international series that have been canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 issues. Bangladesh had to cancel their tour of Pakistan in March. Then their white ball tour of Ireland in May as the worldwide epidemic worsened. The Sri Lankan tour was then postponed. Bangladesh two match Test series against Australia and New Zealand respectively postponed.
Bangladesh also wanted to reschedule the tour to Sri Lanka in October. However, it turned out to be futile as visitors were unwilling to accept the 14-day quarantine proposed by the Lance.
Covid-19 Management Plan:
Akram Khan, president of BCB Cricket Operations, confirmed on Saturday. “We have sent our Covid-19 management plan to the West Indies and are waiting to find out if they are okay with it or any of our proposals”. Once we receive further inputs from WICB, this plan of action will be send to Bangladesh government for approval. Once we receive a go from our government, we shall start international cricket after long hectic Covid situation. Which proved to be quite costly for us, even that we have lost a chance to play a lot of Test matches in 2020, ” he said.
The BCB has been trying its best to resume cricket in the country since the postponement of the Sri Lanka tour and resulted in the BCB President’s Cup. A three-team 50-over tournament national team, high-performance team and the Under-19 set-up played by cricketers. Following the success of the tournament, the BCB decided to launch the Bangabandhu T20 Cup. Starting in the third week of November and the bio-bubble created for it helped persuade international teams to travel to Bangladesh. Went a long way.
BCB officials have revisited all the Covid-19 policies and procedures available to create a bio-bubble model for coming home series versus West Indies. The BCB has so far evaluated bio-bubble schemes of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Big Bash. As well as England and Pakistan plans.
We has learned that the BCB is trying to reduce the usual 14-day quarantine and reduce it to seven days. So that tourists can start their preparations without much delay. According to the plan, tourists are required to give a corona test upon arrival. If they are Corona negative, then they will be allowed to begin their training as soon as possible.
“You have just observed that we have facilitated a three-group competition and now we are focusing on a five-group competition. Which will be trailed by a worldwide arrangement as indicated by the ICC FTP (Future Tour Program). We are going to host the West Indies [next January], BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chaudhary spoke to the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
“We are frequently getting in touch with the West Indies Cricket Board. The two sheets will examine and go to a choice (about the Covid-19 the executives plan),” Nizam said.