On Friday, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed that they are ready to accept Australia’s demands for hosting the home series against the team successfully.
Bangladesh is set to host Australia for five-match T20I series. This will be Australia’s first international tour to Bangladesh since September 2017 where they played a couple of Test matches in the country.
BCB had decided to host part of the series in two cities, namely, Dhaka and Chittagong. However, Cricket Australia (CA) had objected to this call in view of the safety of the players amid the COVID-19 pandemic. CA proposed the series be held only in Dhaka.
Additionally, CA had demanded the exclusion of any outside boarders in the team hotel during their time in Bangladesh owing to the players’ health safety. Apart from that, they also asked the players to be directly allowed to reach the hotels, without having to the immigration centre.
Now, BCB has agreed to host the series in one venue, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Furthermore, they are also looking for prospects to comply with the other demands of CA.
“Their demand was to play all the matches at one venue and we decided that all the matches will be played in Dhaka (Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium),” Cricbuzz quoted BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus as saying.
“As far as crossing the immigration is concerned, there will be special arrangements. One cannot get into a country without fulfilling immigration requirements but as they informed us that they don’t want to enter a hall room for the immigration, a proper procedure of immigration and passport control will take place at the airport by following Covid-19 compliance measures.
“Maybe their passport will be processed separately but it is what is usually done and the passports will be returned to them following the immigration formalities.”
“We are in talks with Hotel Sonargaon to make sure that the pockets are closed as part of precaution against the coronavirus and I don’t think it will be a big deal because it’s a matter of 10 to 12 days,” he added.