Sports events the world over have taken a drubbing over the last few weeks as Corona Virus has made its presence felt the world over. Even the Olympics 2020 games have been postponed to avoiding mass gathering in a bid to control the Virus threat. The Virus has threatened to postpone the IPL and other global events in Cricket also.
In the latest development of Corona Virus threats, Bangladesh Cricket BoardPresident, Nazmul Hasan has confirmed that BCB has decided to cancel the two T20I matches between Asia XI and World XI- scheduled on 18th and 21st March.
“We could have held the concert in a small scale but decided against it,” Hassan said. “It will not take place on March 18, and the March 21 and 22 matches are also causing concern. There’s no guarantee that those who are supposed to play will be able to arrive, or can leave after the matches. There are a lot of restrictions, so we have deferred both programmes. We will organise after a month taking stock of the situation. It is postponed for the time being.” In addition to the World XI series, the Bangladesh board has also restricted the sale of tickets for the Zimbabwe series also.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was all set to host two T20I matches between Asia XI and World XI on 18th and 21st March at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. BCCI was organising the tournament to remember Bangladesh’s founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – the first president of the nation – on his birth centenary.
BCB was also planning to make the occasion as grand as possible to mark this special occasion as BCB has invited ICC dignitaries along with a number of legends to mark their honourable presence in the ceremony.
BCB also requested for players from all other Cricket Boards to be a part of the historical match. In regard of the letter, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also named to send four Indian stalwarts– Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami to participate in the series.