New Zealand’s August tour of Bangladesh postponed

New Zealand’s two-Test tour of Bangladesh, which was scheduled in August-September as part of the ICC World Test Championship, has been postponed for a later date amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cricket has remained suspended since mid-March in Bangladesh, with the Shere Bangla National Stadium, cricket’s headquarters in the country, well within a virus “red zone”. Bangladesh crossed the 100,000 mark for total number of coronavirus cases in the country, with over 1,500 deaths attributed to the pandemic so far.

BCB’s chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that they considered health and safety of the players when deciding on the postponement.

“In the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, hosting a full cricket series in August 2020 will be a challenge in terms of preparations and we cannot take chances with the safety and health of players, support staff and related stakeholders,” Chowdhury…

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