The Bangladesh Cricket Board have taken a safety measure amidst the outbreak of dangerous coronavirus. They have decided to limit their sale of tickets for the opening T20 international match against Zimbabwe in Dhaka to one per person instead of many due to the massive threat posed by the coronavirus. With this decision, the Shere Bangla National Stadium which has a capacity of 25,000 people will see no more than a fifth full for the first of two Twenty20 International matches.
The decision was taken after a public rally which was scheduled for March 17 to celebrate 100 years of the birth of the great Sheikh Mujibur Rehman – who is considered as the father of the Bengali nation – was postponed as public gatherings are limited because of the coronavirus affect.
Bangladesh will play against Zimbabwe in the second Twenty20 International also in Dhaka on March 11 before the much-awaited Asia XI and World XI will take on each other in two T20s on March 20 and 21 respectively in the same place. However, three cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Bangladesh so far and no further measures have been announced for the future matches here yet.
However, cricket has been largely affected by the massive outbreak of dangerous disease. While Nepal’s Everest Premier League has been delayed on government advice, the ICC has decided to postpone a World Cup qualifying event as well.
Notably, South Africa’s trip to India and England’s tour to Sri Lanka have got the go-ahead with all the protocols have been added to make sure of the safety of fans, officials and players as well. However, the Proteas team might avoid the usual handshakes during their tour to India, head coach Mark Boucher has said that in the news as the number of reported positive coronavirus cases have been growing day by day in the country. South Africa will take on India for three One Day Internationals games which are scheduled to begin from Thursday.