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Rahi tests Covid-19 positive as SL tour preparation continues

  • Published at 04:09 pm September 23rd, 2020
Abu Jayed Rahi Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The right-arm pacer is a member of the 27-man squad for the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, scheduled for next month

Bangladesh seamer Abu Jayed Rahi has tested Covid-19 positive. 

The right-armer is a member of the 27-man squad for the three-match Test series against host Sri Lanka, scheduled for next month.

The ongoing residential camp started Sunday but Rahi, showing symptoms of the virus, and 10 other cricketers who had come in close contact with him were kept in isolation at the BCB Academy. 

The 10 cricketers Wednesday joined the core squad training at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium after Covid-19 test results revealed it was only Rahi who was infected by the novel coronavirus. 

“Rahi has reported positive for Covid-19. He will receive treatment in isolation as per guidelines and will undergo further tests in due course,” said Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury to the media Wednesday.

Preparation of the national team for the series is at full pace, even though BCB is yet to hear a confirmation of the tour from Sri Lanka Cricket. 

Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka, part of the World Test Championship, fell into jeopardy after BCB rejected of going ahead with the series as per the health safety terms which were initially shared by SLC.

Nine days have passed since BCB revealed its decision, but SLC is yet to get back on this, despite the fact that Sri Lanka sports minister Namal Rajapaksa had almost immediately asked SLC to reconsider Bangladesh’s terms.

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury faced the media in Mipur but as it happened, he could deliver only optimism over the series.

“As you all know we cleared our stance to SLC. They placed some restrictions which would make the tour for the team tough. We informed some of our specific observations following which they were to get back to us after having discussed with their concerned authority,” said Nizamuddin.

Nizamuddin admitted that making the team travel as per schedule will be logistically challenging now. 

Bangladesh team are looking to leave Dhaka Sunday, which now may see some adjustments, let it be with the travel date or the length of the tour.

“It is not SLC who are to make decisions on the protocols but their authorities. Both BCB and SLC look forward to have this series given the matches are of part of the Test Championship. In case we do not continue with the series, then we have our back-up plan. We will continue the team’s training until we make a further decision,” said the BCB official.

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