The Pakistan Under-19 team's tour of Bangladesh has been called off with the current Covid-19 situation in the country in mind after both boards mutually agreed to postpone the tour.
The Pakistan Under-19 team was originally scheduled to reach Dhaka from Lahore on 11 April to play one four-dayer and five 50-over matches. However, the tour was rescheduled to begin on April 17 after the government announced a nationwide lockdown at the beginning of the month.
With the government preparing for another lockdown from April 14, the Bangladesh cricket Board has decided to call off the tour.
"Considering the overall situation, we were in constant touch with the Pakistan Cricket Board. We are planning to hold the series at a suitable time. Once we feel that Bangladesh can host international teams and the situation favours us, we will arrange the tour immediately," BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told media yesterday.
The Tigers are also scheduled to host Sri Lanka in May for a three-match ODI series right after Bangladesh's tour of the island nation. The team will fly for Sri Lanka tomorrow to take part in a two-match Test series. After completing the tour, the BCB will host their Lankan counterpart for an ODI series.
When asked if that tour was under threat, Nizamuddin informed the home series was on schedule so far and the board was preparing with all aspects in mind.
"According to the ICC's Future Tours Programme, the Sri Lanka team is scheduled to tour Bangladesh. We expect Sri Lanka to arrive in Bangladesh in mid-May to take part in the three-matches ODI series. So far, Sri Lanka is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh in mid-May and we are going to host the three ODIs in the latter part of May. We have set the programme keeping everything in consideration. Still, if there are any issues, we will take steps according to the situation," he said.