Like all other sectors, sports have been immensely affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. Major tournaments like the Olympic Games, the Euro, Copa America have been deferred to 2021. Cricket is no different. A lot of international series including the T20 World Cup have been postponed.
As many as four bilateral series involving Bangladesh have been postponed. As the situation is relatively better in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh are supposed to go to Sri Lanka to play a three-match Test series as part of the World Test Championship.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is trying to reschedule the postponed series after the Sri Lanka tour. According to the CEO of the board Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, the board has already started communicating with the other boards to identify suitable dates to arrange these series.
BCB has already confirmed a series against Sri Lanka though this is not a postponed one.
"The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has announced four home series, one of them being against us. According to the plan, we are supposed to tour New Zealand on February," said Nizam Uddin Chowdhury.
"The postponed bilateral series involving Bangladesh include series are against Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ireland. Apart from that, there was a Test match scheduled against Pakistan. As it won't take too much time to play a Test, I hope we will be able to play that match. We'll negotiate with PCB," he added.
"BCB and NZC have jointly decided that we'll confirm a series mid-2021. The series against Sri Lanka is now certain. Besides, we are discussing the probability of arranging the postponed series against Australia and Ireland with their cricket boards," Chowdhury mentioned.
"It's important for both Bangladesh and Australia to identify suitable dates to arrange the series. They have a packed schedule. Then again, the series needs to be arranged within the deadline given by ICC. But they are contemplating an extended window, so I hope we can finish playing all the series on time," Nizam Uddin Chowdhury concluded.