POST TIME: 19 September, 2020 11:09:15 PM
Onus on talks as Bangladesh-Sri Lanka series hopes live on

Onus on talks as Bangladesh-Sri Lanka series hopes live on

The cricketing fraternity in Bangladesh is of the view that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will find a way out of the prevailing standoff through effective talks and discussions.

The recent stalemate has erupted between the two cricket boards centering over a 14-day quarantine as put forth by the SLC via Sri Lanka’s National COVID-19 Control Committee, which remained reluctant to relax the quarantine conditions set for the touring part.

The Tigers are supposed to depart for Colombo for the scheduled series on September 27, almost a month before the outset of the highly-discussed Test series, which is a part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World Test Championship.

They, however, think that time isn’t over yet as the series is slated to begin on October 24. In that sense, there is enough time in hand for the series to take place as scheduled. Even if the series is delayed for some more days, it won’t create any problem.

But both sides have to give a sort of concession from their respective position to reach an amicable solution, they stressed.

The concerned quarter also expressed their pessimism with regard to the tour’s future in the wake of noticing the delay of the SLC to release the full fixture of the approaching tour, making delay to give heath and security protocols in details - especially ambiguous decisions regarding the quarantine period and accommodating arrangements.

They blamed the SLC for jeopardizing the scheduled tour of the three-match Test series for bringing a slew of unreasonable conditions prior to the Bangladesh team.

The SLC dispatched a tour proposal with a slew of tough conditions for the touring party upon which the BCB expressed its reluctance over travelling to the Island nation for playing the series.

The BCB seemed astonished to see the preconditions set by the SLC under which the players, coaching staff and officials of Bangladesh have to maintain a 14-day quarantine after landing in Sri Lanka. During the quarantine period, the touring side won’t be even allowed to come out of the hotel room – let alone the issue of holding practice sessions.

Even the hosts will not provide any medical support to the visitors for which they have to carry a medical team and net bowlers. Along with that, the touring party has to prove corona-negative in the last two tests, which are supposed to be held within seven days prior to the team’s departure.

But what we see in the West Indies-England, Pakistan-England and Australia-England series, where hosts England helped each of the team during the quarantine period and even their practice session on the English soil.

Regarding the overall tour, Nazmul Abedeen Fahim said the BCB and its Lankan counterpart should continue discussions to iron out the differences so that the imminent Test series can take place in due time.

“I think both sides should engage in effective discussion so that they can sort out a solution. Along with that, the SLC should convince the COVID-19 control committee, who are not the people of cricket. They won’t understand the language of cricket, that’s a normal thing,” he said.

“It’d be unsporting if the series is not held. But we all hope the Test series will take place and start in time. For this, the authority will play their respective roles in right time to kick off the series,” Fahim told The Independent.

Dipu Rai Choudhury, former cricketer and coach, echoed the same sentiment and said he expects the standoff will be resolved soon.

“We’ve seen that the SLC sat with the COVID-19 Control Committee (i.e., the army commanders) after which they moved a bit back from their earlier stance,” Dipu Rai said.

“We have to wait for the next one or two days. We will get to know about the exact picture within the timeframe. Let’s see what happens,” he said.