Coronavirus has taken a toll on cricket. Since the outbreak began to rise back in March, all cricketing activities have come to a stop. It’s been a while since we have seen an international cricket match. But a few days ago England and West Indies have finalized that they would play a three-match Test series from the 8th of July. All the matches will be organized behind closed doors.
This news has certainly given some sort of joy and hopes to all the cricket playing nations. They can now realistically plan to resume the game in the coming few weeks. Veteran Bangladesh player Mushfiqur Rahim wanted to start training at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium which is located in the country’s capital city Dhaka. But it has been learned that the authorities have denied permission to Rahim. BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed that the veteran cricketer contacted them for providing permission at the stadium. But the same couldn’t be given as the COVID-19 situation has not improved in Bangladesh. “Mushfiq communicated with us, he wanted to begin personal training. But we told him that this is not yet a safe time to do so, he should train at home. Training is important, but players’ safety is more important to us,” said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury as quoted by Cricbuzz.
Like many other Asian countries, COVID-19 has also created a pandemic situation in Bangladesh. After a prolonged lockdown across the country, it has been finally lifted on 31st May. But the scenes are not very encouraging. That is why authorities don’t want to rush things as far as resuming cricket is concerned. “We need to consider the overall situation. We can’t rush into anything. Many countries are starting their activities; we will do the same. However, we can’t give an exact date right now,” added Nizamuddin.