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Bangladesh's Karachi leg of Pakistan tour postponed

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Bangladesh Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board have decided to postpone the Test and ODI in Karachi due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bangladesh were due to reach Karachi on 29 March, and the ODI was to be played on 1 April, while the Test was set to begin on 5 April. However, the games have now been postponed.

The COVID-19 outbreak, which has been categorised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, has forced various boards to postpone or cancel international series. South Africa's three-match ODI series in India and the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in Australia were halted midway, while the Sri Lanka-England Tests were also postponed. Australia women's tour of South Africa has also been called off for now.

Various domestic competitions have been affected too. The PSL is being played behind closed doors, while the IPL has been postponed to 15 April from the scheduled start date of 29 March. The last two rounds of the Plunket Shield in New Zealand have been called off, as well as the last round of the Sheffield Shield in Australia with the final under threat. Sri Lanka Cricket have also announced the postponement of their domestic matches.

The first leg of Bangladesh's tour was played in Lahore and Rawalpindi, starting late January. The visitors lost both completed T20Is and Pakistan dominated the lone Test to win by an innings and 44 runs.

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