Both Shakib and Mustafizur have been in quarantine in two different five-star hotels in Dhaka at their own expense
The two-week long hotel quarantine for Bangladesh cricketers Shakib al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman has been relaxed by the concerned ministry.
Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed that the two cricketers can join the national team training if their Covid-19 test come out negative.
All-rounder Shakib and left-arm pacer Mustafizur returned to Dhaka Thursday afternoon on chartered flight from India.
The flight was jointly arranged by the respective Indian Premier League Twenty20 teams, Kolkata Knights Riders for Shakib and Rajasthan Royals for Mustafizur.
Both Shakib and Mustafizur have been in quarantine in two different five-star hotels in Dhaka at their own expense.
The two cricketers were put in two-week long mandatory isolation, which now has been relaxed.
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Since the upsurge in Covid-19 cases in India, Bangladesh government had imposed strict restriction on travelers entering to the country from India.
“We got green signal (Saturday from the authority). If they test negative, they can join the national team training. We hope they will soon be able to join the team,” said Nizamuddin to the media Saturday.
To avail the special consideration of relaxed quarantine, both Shakib and Mustafizur have to test negative twice.
Shakib in his first test Saturday was found negative while Mustafizur’s result will be given Sunday.
The duo will undergo second test Tuesday.
If found negative in the test; the two cricketers can come out from the hotel, but will have to wait for training with the national team which will resume after Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
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The cricketers who are part of the squad for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka will go into a week-long break following training session Sunday.
Visitors Sri Lanka are scheduled to reach Dhaka next Sunday for the three-match ODI series against the hosts, which is scheduled to start on May 23.
Shakib and Mustafizur were stuck in India after the Board of Control for Cricket in India suspended this year’s IPL following at least three franchises reporting Covid-19 cases inside the team.
Since then many overseas cricketers and management participating in the tournament have been in trouble finding a way back home.
India has recently been hit by the second wave of Covid-19 cases severely.
Around 4,187 deaths were registered over a period of 24 hours Saturday, while the country recorded 401,078 new Covid-19 cases over the same period.