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BCB would like fans but…

Bangladesh vs West Indies series in January-February is likely to go ahead in closed doors unless the board finds confidence to allow fans into the venues.

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‘Home of cricket’ Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur and Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium will host the three ODIs and two Tests to mark the return of international cricket to the country since pandemic.

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In the recently concluded Bangabandhu T20 Cup 2020, small proportions of fans from the franchises were allowed to enter SBNCS. Is Bangladesh Cricket Board okay with having crowd in West Indies series? The board president Nazmul Hassan Papon seeks ‘trust’ first.

“It’s tough to call. Tough because if we can gain the trust and assurance that the fans will maintain all the rules and regulations, then we will certainly allow a few fans,” Papon told the reporters.

“But it can also happen that the fans are not abiding by the rules, like not wearing masks or not maintaining social distance. We don’t want cricket to take place in such circumstances. If discipline is found (among fans) and we feel they will be (disciplined), only then we can start taking fans gradually.”

Ocenia nations Australia and New Zealand have given green signal to crowds in their ongoing cricket season.

West Indies are due to arrive on January 10. After three negative COVID tests, they will be allowed to start practice sessions.

The pandemic situation in Bangladesh is improving despite the death toll crossing 7000-mark. The daily infection rate is at the lower side. As of now, Bangladesh has at least 56,717 cases.

Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021:

January 20: 1st ODI, Mirpur

January 22: 2nd ODI, Mirpur

January 25: 3rd ODI, Chattogram

February 3-7: 1st Test, Chattogram

February 11-15: 2nd Test, Mirpur

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