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05:44 PM, September 19, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:52 PM, September 19, 2020

BCB still waiting for revised health protocol from SLC

Board to look for McMillan's alternative; all 18 cricketers test negative for Covid-19

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is still waiting for directives with a revised health protocol from the Sri Lanka Cricket over the upcoming three-Test tour to the island nation.  

According to BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the SLC officials had informed their Bangladeshi counterparts that they had a fruitful meeting with the concerned government authority and that the BCB was hoping to receive a feedback within the next couple of days. 

"We have already discussed quite a few issues with the Sri Lankan board and we have also given a statement regarding the health protocols as the tour is approaching soon. As per our knowledge, the SLC officials had tabled the issues to the health authorities and it was a fruitful meeting. We are hoping to get a revised health protocol within the next few days, so it won't be right to comment on the matter at the moment," Nizamuddin told reporters today.  

BCB president Nazmul Hassan had earlier informed that it would not be possible for Bangladesh to follow the 'historically unique' health protocol sent by the SLC, especially the mandatory 14-day quarantine for the visitors.  

Following the clarification of BCB's stance, SLC had meetings with their concerned authorities in the government which involved Sri Lanka's head of national operation centre for prevention of Covid-19 outbreak (NOCPCO).  

Hassan had also announced that the board would look to start domestic cricket and it was learned that the cricketers were told that the board might start domestic league through a corporate tournament during a meeting of the Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh recently. 

Cricket in Bangladesh has been halted since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the Dhaka Premier League being suspended after the first round. 

Meanwhile former Kiwi batsman Craig McMillan informed the BCB that he would be unable to take up his role as Bangladesh batting consultant for the Sri Lanka tour due to a loss in his family.  

The 44-year-old was appointed last month for the Sri Lanka tour. BCB had asked McMillan and spin bowling consultant Daniel Vettori to come to Dhaka first and then travel with the team to Sri Lanka together.  

"He (McMillan) has informed us that it would not be possible for him to take up the role in such mental state. It will be too early to come to a decision. We have to look for an alternative and it will be better for us to appoint a batting consultant for the national team," said Nizam Uddin.  

McMillan was appointed as the Tigers' batting consultant following the resignation of Neil McKenzie last month.  

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that all the 18 players who were tested for Covid-19 on Friday, have returned negative results.

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