Bangladesh concerned over Pakistan tour due to coronavirus
Bangladesh who are scheduled to visit Pakistan from March 29 for the third phase of their full tour to play a one-off ODI and the second Test but there are doubts regarding the tour due to the ongoing coronavirus scare.
The both matches are scheduled to play in Karachi, where the most cases of coronavirus in Pakistan have been reported. Pakistan are currently staging the final leg of the Pakistan Super League 2020 edition and the authorities have given go ahead for the remaining scheduled matches to be played at the National Cricket Stadium Karachi.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said that they will be discussing the issue of going to Pakistan again after already postponing a scheduled concert and two T20s between World XI and Asia XI, which were to be played at home, due to the coronavirus crisis around the world.
"Let's see, we will be discussing that. We will go step by step and we will be sitting down for that issue as well," he told reporters today after having confirmed that the concert and T20s between World XI and Asia XI -- both to commemorate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- are being deferred.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh on Wednesday also confirmed they will go on tour to play Ireland and that Australia will visit in June.
A number of sporting events have been called off or postponed worldwide over recent days because of concerns over the new coronavirus. The Bangladesh Cricket Board said that they will play three ODIs against Ireland in Belfast on May 14, 16 and 19.
Four Twenty20 games against Ireland would then be played in England, at the Oval on May 22, Chelmsford on May 24, Bristol on May 27 and Edgbaston on May 29.
The first Test against Australia will be held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong from June 11-15 and the second in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from June 19-23. Australia will also play a four-day match prior to the first Test, the date of which was yet to be confirmed.
This will be Australia's third Test series in Bangladesh and second in three years, with Bangladesh recording their maiden Test win over the side during the previous series in 2017.
Bangladesh has recorded three coronavirus cases.