BCB to start domestic cricket soon

Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Sunday that they are planning to start domestic cricket after the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, report agencies. 

BCB officials recently had a meeting where they discussed different issues that included the resumption of Dhaka Premier League that was postponed after opening round due to corona pandemic as well as making plans for hosting the next edition of Bangladesh Premier League.

"We had an unofficial meeting on Saturday. We talked about a lot of things like Sri Lanka tour along with DPL and BPL,’’ said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury on Sunday.

The BCB CEO added that they are planning to start domestic cricket after completing their immediate international commitment and added that there will be a shortage of players for the domestic tournament as BCB is planning to send the HP team  along with the national team to  Sri Lanka.

BCB insiders insisted that there is a chance that they wouldn't have to stay in quarantine for 14 days. That will allow the Bangladeshi cricketers to use the cricketing facilities but that won't allow them to play practice games against local sides as the SLC won't allow their cricketers to come in contact with the tourists before the 14-day period.

So, the Bangladesh Cricket Board is planning to send their HP team there to help the players in the Test squad and make the most of the quarantine period by playing practice games among themselves.

The HP unit was earlier supposed to travel to Sri Lanka in September 2018 for a series but that eventually got shelved as the SLC was not ready to bear the expenses of the series.

“We will start domestic cricket after completing visiting Sri Lanka, The situation in our country is not normal yet. That's why we can't plan or start domestic cricket right now,’’ he added.

“There will also be a shortage of cricketers as the national team and HP team are expected to be touring Sri Lanka and so we think it would be good to visit Sri Lanka and later 

plan to start domestic cricket after returning back from the island,’’ he expressed.

According to BCB officials, the Test series is likely to begin in mid-October if everything goes according to the plan while they are planning to travel to the island after September 20. Currently, they are waiting for necessary approvals from the Sri Lankan government and health ministry that are required before travelling.