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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No Bangladesh players, including star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, will feature in the upcoming Lanka Premier League (LPL) in Sri Lanka, in what looks to be a fallout of the eventual postponement of the Test series between the two nations over COVID-19 regulations.
Shakib is currently serving a ban imposed by the ICC due to failing to report corrupt approaches made to him. However, his ban will come to the end in October. The LPL 2020 is scheduled for 14 November to 6 December 2020.
Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, on Monday said the board will not provide Shakib with an NOC (No Objection Certificate, effectively a permit) for LPL. Along with Shakib, there are more Bangladeshi cricketers who are listed in the LPL players list who will also miss this T20 league.
“I don’t see any possibility. And at the same time, we also are going to host domestic cricket,” Nazmul Hassan said replying a question regarding Shakib’s participation in LPL.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka boards were forced to postpone a three-match Test series which was scheduled to take place from October 24.
As per the regulation of the Sri Lanka government, everyone entering Sri Lanka needs to maintain a 14-day quarantine. BCB had asked their counterparts Sri Lanka Cricket to trim this period to seven days, but Sri Lanka's government refused it.
BCB said it’s not possible for them to continue with this tour maintaining the health guidelines provided by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
While Sri Lanka tour is postponed, BCB is eying to host domestic cricket from mid-October. Shakib might resume his career with domestic event once his ban is over.
The star all-rounder is currently preparing at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan to make a good comeback to competitive cricket.
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Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) celebrated the 74th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday through a tree plantation program at the BFF House in the city.
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.