Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka called off over quarantine rules

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath (R) dives to stop the ball stuck by Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan (not pictured) as Shakib's team mate Mahmudullah Riyad (L) watches during their Cricket World Cup match at the MCG in Melbourne, February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

(Reuters) - Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match test series has been postponed due to COVID-19 quarantine protocols, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Monday.

The series, originally planned for July-August, was rescheduled for October-November due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The series will now be pushed further back because of Sri Lanka’s mandatory 14-day quarantine period which would have affected Bangladesh’s preparations.

“We’re not touring Sri Lanka now,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka. “They have agreed to all our conditions except for one but that is the main one to us which is the 14-day quarantine, which actually is isolation.”

Sri Lanka Cricket said the series, which is part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, would be rescheduled.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai and Ruma Paul in Dhaka, editing by Ed Osmond