And another one bite’s the dust. The Australian Test Tour of Bangladesh in June is the latest sporting event to fall victim to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Tim Paine’s Baggy Greens, fresh from a home summer season in which they dominated New Zealand and Pakistan, was supposed to start the two-Test series in the South Asian country on June 11. The cancellation comes as no surprise, however. The global health crisis has seen governments the world over introducing huge restrictions on movement, both local and international, in an effort to flatten the curve.
Cricket Australia has just confirmed the delay, with Chief Executive Officer Kevin Roberts calling it regrettable. He made mention of the honest, open, responsible communications received from the Bangladesh Cricket Board and said that the new position is one both countries agreed on.
Roberts said that the health of the community is the No.1 priority for everyone right now and that this stance is reflected in the fact that the two Test matches have been postponed. He promised to do everything possible to honour Australia’s commitment to playing Bangladesh later on but said this might be difficult because of how busy the global Cricket calendar is.
The Baggy Greens may or may not make their next scheduled games, with a Limited-Overs Tour of England planned for July. The International Cricket Council and various national boards face a tough task in trying to piece the schedule back together whenever we get the game going again.
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