New Zealand’s tour of Bangladesh has been postponed indefinitely due to ongoing coronavirus Pandemic. The bilateral series was originally scheduled to be played in the month of August and September this year. The series was part of ICC Test Championship which was created last season.
Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, said, “ Due to covid-19 Pandemic, the series between New Zealand and Bangladesh could not take place as both the cricket boards made the final decision keeping in mind the best interest of the players, coaching staff and various stakeholders related to the game.
Kane Williamson-led unit were scheduled to play two-match Test series against Bangladesh in the month of August and September. New Zealand is the first cricketing nation to be declared free from Covid-19. On the other hand, Bangladesh is facing huge challenges as cases continue to spike every day. The government allowed international flights to resume their operations but resuming cricketing activities will be a huge challenge for the authorities.
Bangladesh Cricket Board are making concerted efforts to make sure that they can create a bio-secure environment to make cricketing activities can resume across the county in the future. The safety of the players is the main priority for Bangladesh Cricket Board. Former Captain Mashrafe Mortaza was recently tested positive for Covid-19. With the Sri Lanka series postponed indefinitely, Bangladesh’s next cricketing assignment would either be Asia Cup or T20 World Cup. The future of Asia Cup and T20 World Cup remains bleak due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
Both the cricket boards are working together to make sure that they find a suitable time and space in the calendar to reschedule the bilateral series.
Bangladesh Cricket Board appreciated that New Zealand Cricket Board assessed the whole situation and decided to suspend the bilateral series. New Zealand’s last assignment was home series against India, which they won by a comfortable margin.