Bangladesh's tour of Sri Lanka has been confirmed for quite some time now and the national team will board its flight to the island country at the end of this month. The schedule hasn't yet been disclosed but everything has been settled. But still, it has not been confirmed how many days the Bangladesh team will stay in quarantine after reaching Sri Lanka.
Both the boards have started discussing this matter. Sri Lanka had previously informed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that the quarantine period was to be of 14 days, according to the instructions from the Sri Lankan government.
Despite that, BCB has pitched a different proposal to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) where the Tigers will stay in isolation for seven days. Bangladesh cricket's governing body wants to spend the rest of the time training, BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury informed The Business Standard.
"You all know that the quarantine period is still undecided. The final decision is yer to come. We want to stay in quarantine for a lesser amount of time. We are talking with the Sri Lankan cricket board about that. I hope that we will reach an agreement very soon," the BCB CEO said on Thursday.
SLC will discuss the matter with their government and let BCB know. BCB is currently waiting for that decision.
"Sri Lanka asked us for a 14-day quarantine period. We want to stay in quarantine for seven days. We have informed them about this and discussed the matter with them. The Sri Lankan board will talk to their government and let us know the decision," Nizam Uddin added.
The squad for the Sri Lanka tour will be announced within a couple of days and the selected cricketers will be tested for Covid-19 on September 18. Those testing negative will be moved to a hotel on September 20 before team practice commencing on September 21.
After some practice sessions together, the national team will board their flight for Sri Lanka on September 27, accompanied by the high performance (HP) squad. The national side will feature in a few practice matches before the three-match Test series starts at Kandy on October 24.