Covid took away almost 9 months of cricket from Bangladesh. Despite the domestic cricket coming back to life a few months earlier, international cricket yet to resume. After a long hiatus, Bangladesh will return to international cricket from January 20. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will have to organize everything in accordance with the protocol of Covid-19.
Everyone in the world is waiting for vaccine right now. Bangladesh is no different. Health Minister Zahid Malek has said that the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine will be exported to Bangladesh between January 25-26. The vaccine will be given a few days later.
Cricketers at all levels of the country will be given priority in administering the vaccine, said Jalal Yunus, chairman of the BCB's media committee. He said State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell and BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon had assured the cricketers of their priority in vaccination.
Jalal Yunus thinks that domestic cricket can be started soon if cricketers get priority in vaccination.
"Of course, this is an important issue for all of us," he said at the TV rights announcement ceremony in Gulshan on Monday. Vaccination has everything to do with the beginning of domestic cricket. Our president said he would do his best to talk to the government.
'Even our Honourable Minister of State for Sports has said that players will be given priority over vaccines. We will start the game only if the vaccine application is started and if we can ensure the priority of the players. We want our game to resume as soon as possible," added Yunus.
Domestic football kicked-off long ago. The Federation Cup has already ended, and now the Premier Football League is underway.
'Football is a very short-lived game. It takes less time in the field, even in the dressing room. But in T20, cricketers have to stay in the dressing room for four hours. One has to stay for more than eight hours in ODIs. If you play the long version, you have to stay for four days. There are so many issues, I can't compare it to football. We have to be very careful," Jalal Yunus concluded.