2020-03-19 20:20:35 BdST

Coronavirus outbreakBCB suspendS all cricket for indefinite period


Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday suspended all forms of cricket in the wake of the coronavirus crisis in the country.

Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon said this while addressing a press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital’s Mirpur this noon.

Nazmul Hasan told media that the cricket in the country would remain suspended until further notice.

“As you all came to know all sporting events around the globe have been suspended, we also decided to do so. We have earlier postponed Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. Now we have decided not to host any cricket until further notice,” Nazmul told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

“We will restart the game only if the situation gets better. We cannot tell any certain time to resume the game  because we don’t know when the scenario will change. I don’t think we can start it before April 15, I fear it will take more time,” Nazmul added.

BCB issued special medical advice for the cricketers in the country. They are advised to avoid public gathering and public transport for the next few weeks.

Earlier, BCB had to postpone a two-match T20I series between Asia XI and World XI which was set to be played to celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation.

Along with cricket, the other sporting events around the country have also been postponed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Not just in Bangladesh, but also most of the other countries, postponed sporting events to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Bangladeshi authorities confirmed one death and 18 coronavirus cases until March 19.

Meanwhile, four more people were tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country on Thursday, raising the total number of corona cases to 18.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque, in a media briefing, informed that at least 5,000 people were quarantined to prevent the transmission of coronavirus till Thursday morning.

Besides, the authorities confirmed the first death from coronavirus in the country on Wednesday.

The death toll from coronavirus or Covid-19 reached 8,967 globally on Thursday. It has so far infected 219,240 people around the world, according to worldometer.

Of them, 124,528 are currently being treated with 6,815 in serious or critical condition.

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