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Cricketers off from bio-secure bubble for three days

  • Published at 04:09 pm September 26th, 2020
Bangladesh cricketers during training in Mirpur Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The cricketers have been allowed to spend the time of the break at home, suggesting that a bio-secure bubble will have to be created upon resumption of the camp

Bangladesh cricketers have been put on a three-day break as Bangladesh Cricket Board expects to reach a decision on the tour of Sri Lanka in a couple of days.

The 26-member Bangladesh squad underwent a week-long residential camp in a bio-secure bubble. 

It is understood that due to the uncertainty of the tour, the team’s think-tank decided it best to continue with the camp only after a concrete decision is reached. 

The cricketers have been allowed to spend the time of the break at home with their families, suggesting that a bio-secure bubble will have to be created upon resumption of the camp.  

Bangladesh, as per the original schedule were scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka for the three-match Test series Sunday. 

But the schedule has been delayed as Sri Lanka Cricket is yet to finalize and send the health protocols for the touring side. 

It is understood that SLC is still waiting to get the revised health protocols from the country’s Covid-19 task force.

"We were supposed to leave for Sri Lanka [Sunday]. Head coach [Russell Domingo], selectors and BCB CEO [Nizamuddin Chowdhury] had a meeting [Saturday] and decided to give a three-day break to the players. We will return to training after three days and we hope that we will get a response from the SLC in two-three days," said BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan to the media Saturday.

Mushfiqur Rahim makes a point as as others look on Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Despite clouds hanging over the fate of Bangladesh’s first international cricket series since mid-March, BCB is hopeful of the series taking place. 

The board is expecting the team to travel to Sri Lanka at a date around October 7 to 10.

"If everything remains positive, we hope to go on the tour sometime between the 7th and 10th of the next month. Since their [Lankan] Premier League has been delayed, so they also have time," added Akram.

BCB will remake a bio-secure bubble depending on the final decision of the tour. 

The cricketers leaving the team hotel to be with their families would break the bio-secure bubble and according to BCB’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury, it won’t be a difficult task for the board to recreate the bubble again.

“The cricketers have been allowed to go home for this break. This of course means the bio-secure bubble will be broken. However, depending on the decision due in a couple of days, we can again make the cricketers regroup and create a bubble. The process will be similar to what it has been so far,” said Dr Debashish.

“We have to do a fresh testing of Covid-19 as the previous tests will not be considered due to long duration between each test,” he said, adding that they did not complete the last Covid-19 test that was expected to be completed 72 hours before their departure. 

When queried of the length of the bio-secure bubble, Dr Debashish said, “It will depend as per the guidelines from SLC.”

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