No relaxation in quarantine rules for Shakib and Mustafizur
The government will not relax the Covid-19 protocols for two Bangladeshi cricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman, who are waiting to return from India. They both will have to go under 14-day quarantine after returning to the country.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been suspended indefinitely on Tuesday considering the COVID-19 outbreak inside the bio-bubbles of the franchises. The league has been hit badly due to the spread of the second wave in India. There are many players and support staff who have been tested positive for the coronavirus in the last couple of days.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Test team returned home on Tuesday (April 4) after completing its tour of Sri Lanka. Cricketers returning home do not have to go through formal quarantine as they had a bio-bubble zone in Sri Lanka. That’s why the protocols have been eased for them.
In India, however, Shakib and Mustafizur also were in the bio-bubble zone in IPL. But several members of Shakib’s IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders were identified as corona positive. In addition, all the teams, including Mustafizur’s Rajasthan Royals, are at risk of contracting the virus as more than one team has tested positive for coronavirus.
Bangladesh’s communication with India is now almost closed due to the crisis. So, Shakib and Mustafizur can come to Bangladesh on a chartered flight. But there is no guarantee that it will avoid the risk of spreading the endangered coronavirus variant of India. Therefore, they will have to come to Bangladesh and complete the 14-day quarantine and then join the practice session of Sri Lanka ODI series.
Director General of Directorate General of Health Services, Abul Bashar Mohammed Khurshid Alam said, “They must go under 14-day quarantine after returning from India.”
He added that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had proposed for the easement of Covid-19 protocols for Shakib and Mustafizur. “They [BCB] proposed us for the relaxation. But in this case the official decision will remain. So we denied their proposal.”