Quarantine squabble: Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka hangs in balance
ECONOMYNEXT – The proposed Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka hangs in the balance as the two countries’ cricket boards continue to be at loggerheads over the quarantine conditions imposed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on the visiting team.
An SLC source told EconomyNext today that it is doubtful whether the tour that was scheduled to take place from September 27 to October 13 will happen at all, as the two sides have yet to reach an agreement over the issue.
Earlier this week, Bangladesh Cricket Board( BCB) President Nazmul Hassan told a Bangladeshi website that the terms and conditions put forward by SLC are “nowhere near to acceptable”. The SLC had initially said the Bangladesh team needed to be in quarantine for only seven days, but in light of the pandemic situation, this period was subsequently extended to 14 days.
“We cannot play World Test Championships with these terms and conditions. Until their letter yesterday, both boards were having discussions along the lines of a seven-day quarantine. But now their terms and conditions are nowhere near those discussions, and neither are they anything close to what other countries hosting cricket in the pandemic are doing. There are three or seven-day quarantines in those places where the players can either train among themselves or use the gym.” Hassan was quoted as saying.
SLC President Shammi Silva, however, denied Hassan’s claim that SLC had initially agreed to a seven-day quarantine period.
“If they said something like that, it’s wrong. I don’t know who said it. We never discussed limiting the quarantine period to seven days. We can’t operate outside the legal framework mandated by the health authorities, so it’s essential that the Bangladesh team undergo a 14-day quarantine,” Silva told reporters.
The SLC chief noted that the visiting team is required to be quarantined in Bangladesh for some time before arriving in Sri Lanka where they must complete a 14-day quarantine in their respective hotel rooms, on the orders of Sri Lanka’s health authorities. All quarantine expenses will be borne by SLC, he added.
Meanwhile, Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa tweeted on Monday (14) that he had asked SLC to consult the National Operations’ Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) in Sri Lanka and reconsider the matter raised by BCB given the significance of cricket in the region.
SLC officials subsequently met the Head of NOCPOC Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva to sought the task force’s assistance in the smooth conduct of the Bangladesh tour in Sri Lanka as well as the Lanka Premiere League 2020 (LPL) to be held in November in Sri Lanka, with strict adherence to all hygiene requirements. (Colombo/Sep16/2020)