Uncertainty is looming over Bangladesh's tour to Sri Lanka due to a disagreement over the quarantine period. The Sri Lanka Cricket board (SLC), as instructed by their government, informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that the quarantine period must be 14 days. But the BCB, as it previously stated, is adamant that it cannot afford a quarantine period of more than seven days.
Nazmul Hassan Papon, the president of BCB, informed that it's not possible to tour agreeing to all the conditions imposed by the SLC. He further mentioned that the BCB let the SLC know its decision.
But according to the SLC chief Shammi Silva, it is not at all aware of BCB's proposal of a seven-day quarantine period. He told Ceylon Today, "It's not true that the BCB proposed a seven-day quarantine period. We never had a discussion with them regarding this."
"We cannot but follow the protocols set by the directorate of health. It is certain that if Bangladesh wants to tour Sri Lanka, they have to quarantine themselves for 14 days," Silva added.
He further mentioned that the entourage needs to stay quarantined before flying to Sri Lanka as well. They have to be quarantined on arrival to Colombo for 14 days. The SLC will bear expenses during that period.
The Sri Lankan Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, on Monday, asked the SLC to reconsider the Covid-19 directives for the BCB on cricketers quarantine terms. But the SLC chief has virtually denied the chances.
The ongoing events suggest that the series could be cancelled. An official announcement may come within a few days.