BCB boss Papon receives vaccine, cricketers await
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan Papon has taken the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
Papon is also a managing director at Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical formulations and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in Bangladesh.
The BCB boss received the dose at Kurmitola General Hospital in capital city Dhaka at around 12:00 in the noon.
Papon informed that players would be vaccinated any time, “We won’t be forcing players to take vaccines right now. They will be given whenever they want.”
Earlier, Papon said the vaccination process would start after February 15, which is after the end of Bangladesh-West Indies 2nd Test. BCB has already set up a list of players, support staff and groundsmen.
Bangladesh national team will tour New Zealand for a limited-overs affair (three ODIs and as many T20Is) next month. The team will leave Dhaka on February 24 for a month-long tour.
BCB is also pushing for a resumption in domestic cricket once vaccination is done. Bangladesh’s men’s and women’s emerging teams will be taking fields in the coming days.
The recently concluded West Indies series in bio-bubble was the first international tour in Bangladesh since the pandemic. A big home season is in the way as New Zealand, England and Australia will be visiting in the latter half of 2021.