Publish: 11 Mar 2020, 07:29 pm
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to postpone its plans to observe the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, due to growing concerns about the country's novel coronavirus.
The BCB’s plans include hosting a concert featuring famous musician AR Rahman next week, followed by two Twenty20 matches between Asia XI and World XI on March 20 and 21 respectively.
All of the events were scheduled to take place at Dhaka's Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, but BCB President Nazmul Hasan has now announced that the programs will be postponed for now.
“The thing that we did is, we had two options in our hand. We were supposed to hold a concert on the 18th. We initially had plans to do it on a small scale. But we have decided to do it in a grand manner. That’s why we have decided to defer it for the moment, and not do it on a small scale. It will not take place on the 18th. When the situation improves, we will hold it in grand fashion,” said Nazmul to the media Wednesday at the BCB premises.
“We are also facing problems organizing the matches on the 21st and the 22nd. There is no doubt with the players coming over here and playing. But for the moment, we have deferred the two events (concert and T20 matches). We will assess the scenario in the next couple of months and organize the events. So the events are postponed for the time being,” he added.
Fifa and Asian Football Confederation have already postponed Bangladesh’s joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers, scheduled to be held this month and June.
Three people tested positive for coronavirus in Bangladesh Sunday, with two of them having recently returned from Italy.
Monday, another two people were quarantined at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on suspicion of being infected with the virus.