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Ireland-Bangladesh series postponed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic
Bangladesh Tour of Ireland

Ireland-Bangladesh series postponed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Bangladesh's seven-match tour of Ireland and England has become the latest casualty to be inflicted on bilateral cricket contests by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Bangladesh were set to compete in three ODIs in Belfast before making a trip to England for four T20Is against Ireland.

The seven limited-overs fixtures were expected to take place in May but have now been deferred indefinitely following the recent developments that have seen the British and Irish government advise against staging sporting events and imposing travel restrictions.

"We have a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of players, coaches, fans and the wider community, and will not hesitate to take a safety-first approach to our operations over the coming months," Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom have sharply risen over the last week leading to the delay of the start of the domestic cricket season to May 28 this year.

The dates for Bangladesh's clashes against Ireland will be decided once the gruesome coronavirus situation subsides to an extent.

"We would like to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for their helpful cooperation in reaching this decision, and we shall work with them at establishing new dates for the series when we are all in a position to plan for the future with greater certainty," Deutrom added.

Earlier, Ireland's tour of Zimbabwe was also called off while Bangladesh's one-off ODI and second Test against Pakistan in Karachi was postponed.

There is no competitive cricket being held anywhere in the world currently in light of the prevalent health crisis.