Cricket Business : PCB confirms tour of New Zealand, Bangladesh confirms tour of Sri Lanka

The international cricket gradually is getting back on its legs. After the Pakistan tour of England, Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that they will travel to New Zealand in December. 

On the other hand, cricket starved Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also is going ahead with their series as the Bangla Tigers have agreed to complete the long pending series against the Lankan side.

Cricket Business : PCB confirms tour of New Zealand,

The PCB has confirmed national team’s tour of New Zealand in December to play two test matches and three T20 international matches.

“Though the tour dates of Pakistan cricket team to New Zealand has not yet been confirmed but we have informed the Cricket New Zealand that our team will be visiting,” said the sources in the PCB.

Apart from Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh and the West Indies have also confirmed their visits to New Zealand whose cricket authorities will make elaborate arrangements of bio- secure ‘bubbles’ adopted by English cricket board for hosting Pakistan for the ongoing test and T20 matches.

The sources said PCB and NZC are in constant touch to finalize the itinerary and necessary issues relating to the tour of Pakistan team.

To a question, the sources said two Test matches and three T20 games are likely to be played during the tour but final decision regarding exact number of tour matches will be taken in due course of time. 

As per the decision of the New Zealand government, all international arrivals into their country are required to spend at least 14 days quarantine. 

Cricket Business : Bangladesh confirms tour of Sri Lanka

After the West Indies, England and Pakistan, it’s the turn for Bangladesh to return to competitive cricket. The Tigers’ tour of Sri Lanka has been confirmed amidst the massive coronavirus pandemic. The tour is set to get underway on October 24, and the teams will be taking part in three Tests along with as many T20Is, though the full itinerary is yet to be confirmed.

The tour was earlier scheduled to be played in July, but it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 scenario. The upcoming tour was zeroed in on after a meeting between High Performance (HP) and the Cricket Operations Committee (COC).

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed the tour through a press release. Akram Khan, the COC chairman, talked about the action plans going into the tour.

“We discussed quite a few matters including conducting Covid-19 tests before the start of camp. We have made some good plans which will be communicated later. There was also the matter of how long we can prepare here before leaving for Sri Lanka and most probably we will train for 10-12 days from mid-September before departure,” the COC chairman said in a media release.

“The High Performance team is also going with us and will train with the national side before the national team’s series on October 24.” The Bangladesh cricketers will be accompanied by the HP team and they are likely to leave for Sri Lanka around September 23.

In the meantime, there’s still no surety over whether or not Shakib Al Hasan will be making his comeback with the tour. The Magura-born’s ban ends on October 29, 2020.

“We discussed about Shakib but there is much of discussion left. We also discussed bringing the coach and support staff here and hopefully we will be able to do that at the beginning of September,” Akram stated.