New Zealand postpone Test tour of Bangladesh

New Zealand postpone Test tour of Bangladesh
Dhaka: New Zealand’s Test tour of Bangladesh has been postponed due to health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement came after Bangladesh former one-day international captain Mashrafe Mortaza, spinner Nazmul Islam and opener Nafees Iqbal have tested positive in recent days.

New Zealand were due to play two Tests in Bangladesh in August-September as part of the ICC World Test Championship.

The governing bodies from both countries were working on new dates for the series, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said.

“In the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, hosting a full cricket series in August 2020 will be a challenge in terms of preparations and we cannot take chances with the safety and health of players, support staff and related stakeholders,” the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said in a statement.

“Under these circumstances, the BCB and NZC (New Zealand Cricket) have felt that the best way forward would be to defer the series.”

Chowdhury said the board realised that the decision will disappoint fans, players and officials of both sides.

It is pertinent to remember that Bangladesh has confirmed over 115,000 infections and more than 1,500 deaths from the coronavirus so far.