There is a possibility of the first Bangladesh-West Indies ODI being played without DRS, according to BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus. The non-availability is associated with a DRS engineer travelling from London and Bangladesh’s COVID protocols for arrivals from the UK, agencies report.
“DRS (Decision Review System) will surely be there but one issue of DRS is that our engineer is supposed to come from London. You know that England has the Covid Protocol that suggest that the first four days out of 14 days must be in isolation, which means four days in government isolation.” Yunus told reporters on Monday.
“We have applied to the Ministry of Health for this and at the same time we have spoken with the Covid Authority who look after it. So let’s see what happens now. But if we can manage the engineer on time than maybe on the 20th there will be no problem. Otherwise the problem of DRS will be solved after this match,” he said.
Jalal Yunus also said State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell and BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon are working exclusively with the government to get the vaccine in priority basis.
“State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell and BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon had assured the cricketers of their priority in vaccination,” he said at Gulshan.
“This is an important issue for all of us. Vaccination has everything to do with the beginning of domestic cricket. Our president said he would do his best to talk to the government.”
However the world cricket apex body is yet to come up with a FTP for member countries to host the postponed series, which is why, the BCB is currently selling the TV rights for series by series.
Once the ICC FTP is finalized, the BCB will take initiative to strike a long term deal for TV rights, said BCB media and communication committee chairman Jalal Yunus.
“We have said a few times why we could not go for a long term deal for the TV rights,” he said while speaking at the TV rights announcement ceremony in Gulshan today.
“Because the FTP was not final. Since the FTP is not final, we have just sold the TV rights for the West Indies series. We’ll know within a couple of days whether the FTP is finalized. If it is finalized, we will invite tenders for long-term broadcast in a day or two,” he informed.