No way to abort New Zealand Tour: Papon
CRICDOT DESK : As spin bowling coach Rangana Herath is currently Corona positive, Bangladesh team is worried about New Zealand series. There were rumors that cricketers might return to the country after canceling the New Zealand tour. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan Papon has also admitted that.
In such a situation, Papon suddenly sat in a meeting with the board directors at the BCB office at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday afternoon.
After the meeting, the BCB president told reporters that there was no chance of canceling the tour and returning to the country. However, the cricketers are not comfortable going to New Zealand at the moment.
He said the cricketers would have to stay in quarantine in New Zealand till next Tuesday. The next decision will be made by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. No official decision has been taken before.
Papon said the cricketers have been in a drawn game since the last Australia series. Now they are on a tour of New Zealand. After this, the probable start date of BPL has been fixed within 4-5 days of returning to the country. This engagement will continue till December 2022. We can’t give any break to the players. The players are all very upset mentally and physically. Some wanted the series to be dropped, or to return to the country. But it has no chance, no opportunity.
However, Papun said that New Zealand does not have time.
“If the quarantine time is extended beyond the 21st, we will discuss with the New Zealand board what can be done,” the BCB boss said. A week after the Bangladesh series, they are going to Australia. So they do not have time. So maybe two-four days (tour schedule) can be done back and forth. So far this is the situation.
It is to be noted that the Ministry of Health of New Zealand has withdrawn the permission of Bangladesh team to practice a day later. The believers have been asked to refrain from practicing till December 21.
Bangladesh’s spin bowling coach Rangana Herath’s corona was caught by the country’s health ministry. Eight more players and support staff of Bangladesh Test team are already in isolation. For now, they will have to spend their lives in captivity again till December 21.
The first match of the series is scheduled for January 1 at Bay Oval. The second and final match is scheduled for January 9 at Hagley Oval.