Sri Lanka adamant on own terms, 14-day quarantine mandatory
News Desk || risingbd.com
Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman Shammi Silva and BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon (File photo)
Bangladesh cricket team must have to stay in a 14-day quarantine if they want to tour Sri Lanka. There is no scope to change the quarantine condition given by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health. Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman Shammi Silva confirmed.
According to terms issued by the Sri Lanka government, the visiting team will have to quarantine for 14 days without practice session. BCB agrees to maximum 7-day quarantine. Bangladesh is not willing to go on tour due to strict quarantine restrictions. BCB has rejected the proposal of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Though Sri Lanka Cricket chief Shammi Silver claim that they did not hold any discussion with BCB about a 7-day quarantine, he told Daily Island, “If they (BCB) mentioned it, it was wrong. I just do not understand why a week is talking? There was no discussion with BCB that there would be a 7-day quarantine period. We cannot go beyond the period set by the health authority. I want to say for sure, Bangladesh team will have to stay in compulsory quarantine for 14 days here.”
Shammi Silva said, “Bangladesh will have to stay in quarantine even before they come here and they will have to stay in compulsory quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Colombo. At this time all the expenses will be borne by Sri Lanka Cricket.
According to Daily News of Sri Lanka, “Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman Silva said: we will wait for BCB’s response and the worst-case scenario would be if the tour is postponed and a new schedule has to be made.”
Meanwhile, BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon on Monday, “We are going to play ICC Test Championship. The Test Championship is not a boy’s game. But there is a big difference of opinion between them and us. Considering all the aspects, I realized that it is not possible to go there now. The terms and conditions that Sri Lanka has given are rare in history.”
Bangladesh national team are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on September 27 for a three-match test series. The series is scheduled to be launched on October 24.