In a welcome news for Cricket fans, Bangladesh Cricket Board hasn’t ruled out the possibility of hosting two international T20 matches between Asia XI and World XI.
Before the Covid-19 hit cricket world, the BCB has planned the two international games between World XI and Asia XI to mark the birth centenary of Bangladesh’s founding father and first president -Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The games were scheduled to be played on 18th and 21st March at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. But the prevailing Covid-19 conditions and lockdown at various parts of world postponed the game indefinitely.
But now, with cricket slowly returning to the field, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury is hopeful of hosting the match. “We still have plan to host it [T20 matches between World XI and Asia XI],” said Chowdhury to reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday.
“You know due to the pandemic we had to [postpone] the plans that we had regarding celebrating the birth centenary of the father of the nation. We have not ruled out those plans totally and if the condition allows us we will certainly execute those plans,” he added.
Last time, BCB was also planning to make the occasion as grand as possible to mark the special occasion. But this time it will be interesting to see, how BCB approaches the game in prevailing Covid-19 conditions.
BCB is also planning to resume cricket in country with a three-team 50-over tournament, BCB President Cup, starting from October 11. The tournament will also set the template for bringing back international cricket at home.
BCB is scheduled to play a full-fledged series against West Indies in January 2021 and is in talks with WI cricket board regularly. “The West Indies series [in January 2021] stands as part of FTP commitment and we are taking with them regularly. They have asked for few information and we have provided it to them,” said Nizamuddin.