Australia's Test tour of Bangladesh postponed

Last Modified Thursday, 9 April 2020 (20:30 IST)
New Delhi: Australia's two-of scheduled for June 2020 has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought sports across the world to a halt.

The two cricket boards - Cricket (CA) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) - unanimously took the decision to reschedule the tournament, with the latter confirming the decision in a statement on Thursday afternoon. 
"This is understandably disappointing for players and fans of both sides. However, in the current global scenario of the COVID-19 outbreak and considering the nature of the health emergency, the BCB and CA are in agreement that this is the most sensible and practical decision," BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said in a statement.

"We hope that the situation will improve soon and we are able to hold this series at a convenient time in the near future. To that end, the BCB will continue to work closely with CA with whom we share a history of support and cooperation, " he added.
Australia were scheduled to play Tests in Chattogram and Dhaka, starting 11 June, as part of the ICC World Test Championship. However, the global health crisis has forced a rethink.
Commenting on the postponement, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said, "Postponing the tour is regrettable.

The health of our people and communities is the number one priority for both the boards. The global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honour our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date."

No new dates have been announced for the series, with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and Cricket Australia pledging to work together to reschedule it in a more favourable climate.(UNI)
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