COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the cricket world. New Zealand versus Bangladesh series has become the latest victim of the same. The kiwis were supposed to visit Bangladesh for two-match Test series. These matches were part of the ICC World Test Championship. However the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed that keeping the COVID-19 situation in mind, they can’t host a full-fledged series at present moment. The series was scheduled to take place in August and September. But it has been postponed.
NZC and BCB will reschedule the Test series
As organizing a series is not possible now in Bangladesh, BCB and NZC are reportedly looking at alternative windows for hosting the matches in the coming months. BCB chief Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that the safety of the players and support staff are extremely important and no chance should be taken on this front. He said, “In the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, hosting a full cricket series in August 2020 will be a challenge in terms of preparations and we cannot take chances with the safety and health of players, support staff and related stakeholders.”
BCB is expectedly disappointed as things did not go as planned. At the same time, they thanked their counterpart for understanding the situation. “Under these circumstances, the BCB and NZC have felt that the best way forward would be to defer the series. We realize that this will be hugely disappointing for the players and officials of both teams, not to mention the fans of the two nations but I must thank NZC for its understanding and for recognising the rationale behind such a decision,” the statement from BCB added. Earlier Australia’s tour of Bangladesh has also been postponed. Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka in July has also met with the same fate.