New Zealand tour to Bangladesh postponed

DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced that together with New Zealand Cricket (NZC), they have decided to postpone the Test series which was due to be played between the two sides in August and September this year.

The two-match series, which will form part of the ICC World Test Championship, will now be rescheduled for a later date, which is currently unidentified.

BCB chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said the postponement was a precaution as they did not wish to risk the health of any players, staff or any other personnel involved in the games.

"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 said in a press release.

"Under these circumstances, the BCB and NZC have felt that the best way forward would be to defer the series. We realise that this will be hugely disappointing for the players and officials of both teams, not to mention the fans of the two nations but I must thank NZC for its understanding and for recognising the rationale behind such a decision."