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Australia's tour of Bangladesh postponed due to coronavirus pandemic
Australia Tour of Bangladesh

Australia's tour of Bangladesh postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Australia's two-Test tour of Bangladesh has been postponed indefinitely amid the global health crisis triggered by the escalating coronavirus situation.

The rising number of COVID-19 infections around the globe has led to travel restrictions while concerns regarding the safety of the general public was cited as the main reason for the tour being delayed to an unknown date.

"This is understandably disappointing for players and fans of both sides. However, in the current global scenario of the COVID-19 outbreak and considering the nature of the health emergency, the BCB and CA are in agreement that this is the most sensible and practical decision," BCB chief Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

"We hope that the situation will improve soon and we are able to hold this series at a convenient time in the near future. To that end, the BCB will continue to work closely with CA with whom we share a history of support and cooperation," he added.

Australia were scheduled to take part in two Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka between June 11 and June 23 with a warm-up game arranged ahead of the series opener.

The series was part of the inaugural World Test Championship, the final of which is set to take place in June next year.

The postponement of the Australia-Bangladesh Tests makes it the third WTC assignment affected by the spread of the virus.

Earlier, England called off their tour of Sri Lanka while Bangladesh's second Test against Pakistan in Karachi was also deferred.

“Postponing the tour is regrettable, but I would like to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for the open, honest and responsible discussions that led us to this mutually-agreed position," Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts communicated in a statement.

"The health of our people and communities is the number one priority for both Boards and that is reflected in the action we have taken in postponing the two Test matches.

"As we know, the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honour our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date."

Australia previously toured Bangladesh in 2017 when they managed to draw the two-match Test series 1-1 after losing the first encounter in Dhaka.