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It was learnt that Sri Lanka Cricket is mulling moving from its stance regarding the mandatory 14-day quarantine period and rather impose a week-long isolation for the touring party
Sri Lanka Cricket has been passing a busy schedule in an effort to set a plan that would satisfy Bangladesh Cricket Board in order to go ahead with the Bangladesh men’s national team’s scheduled tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series.
BCB Monday criticized Sri Lanka’s terms and conditions for Bangladesh during the tour.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan claimed that they understand the need of special arrangement due to the Covid-19 situation but termed the terms “historically unique” compared to how cricket is being played in other parts of the world amid the pandemic.
Following BCB’s stance, SLC took initiatives immediately in a series of meetings with the concerned authorities of the Sri Lankan government.
As part of the consultation process, a SLC team, led by its president Shammi Silva, met Sri Lanka head of national operation center for prevention of Covid-19 outbreak (NOCPCO) Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the chief of defense staff and commander of the army, at the army HQ Tuesday.
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According to official Sri Lanka Army social media pages, the meeting discussed on possibilities of arranging international events and at the same time prioritizing highest standards of health while showing to the international community that the country is near successful in controlling the Covid-19 epidemic.
Member of the SLC in the meeting had tabled a copy of the blueprint protocol that has now been laid in connection with the Bangladesh tour scheduled to start on September 27.
It is understood that SLC will go through further rounds of discussions with health authorities but has already laid the plan that would meet major parts of the BCB’s terms.
It was learnt that SLC is mulling moving from its stance regarding the mandatory 14-day quarantine period and rather impose a week-long isolation for the touring party.
It is likely now that the tourist are to be presented with a new bio-safety plan that would allow the Bangladesh cricketers to take the field for practice within the first week of their arrival, but ensuring isolation.
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Following the first week, the visiting team would be allowed to get into full fledged practice regime that would involve a two-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka A team.
As far as the size of the touring party is concerned, SLC is thinking of allowing Bangladesh to add a few more members to the team travelling the island nation.
Bangladesh is likely to be allowed to carry between 35 to 41 members which SLC had initially asked to keep within 30.
SLC is planning to hold the Bangladesh camp in Hambantota.
But it is understood that BCB will request to have either Galle or Dambulla as base of their conditional camp, given that the distance from hotel to the field in Hambantota is almost 45kms.
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Kandy will host the first two Tests of the series, followed by the third and final game of the tour in Colombo.
BCB, who is yet to hear from its Sri Lankan counterparts, is keeping faith with its plan.
Practice sessions in small groups are in full operation at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, while a few cricketers are maintaining a training schedule at their respective hometowns.
It is understood that the cricketers who are likely to make it into the preliminary squad will report to the board in the capital tomorrow for first of four Covid-19 tests, before being permitted to join the residential camp, scheduled to begin Monday.
The second and third Covid-19 test will be taken Monday and next Thursday respectively, followed by the final one, 72 hours before the team board the chartered flight to Colombo.