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SL returnees to join camp after returning COVID negative

Bangladesh preliminary ODI squad members who were part of Sri Lanka tour will be allowed to train at Mirpur should they return negative for coronavirus.

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With a worrying coronavirus situation in Bangladesh and Indian variant, which was detected in the country today, on the minds, hosting cricket is a tough tussle. The IPL returnees Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will remain quarantined till May 21, but Tamim Iqbal and his other ODI teammates can join the session in few days time.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury confirmed the matter to the media.

“We are hoping the Sri Lanka returnees to join the team after returning COVID negative. We already have got the green signal to let the players to join the national team camp,” he said.

Sri Lanka will land in Dhaka on May 16 and will complete a three-day quarantine. Unlike other inbound passengers, they will not require 14 days of quarantine.

“The same protocol will be followed for them (Sri Lanka) in Bangladesh which we had in Sri Lanka. They will remain in three days quarantine before beginning training in groups for next three to four days,” Nizamuddin informed.

“There is a separate protocol for cricketers around the globe. This cannot be applied for regular passengers. The players are flying with negative certificates just like any other individual. While passengers do not need to test in 14-day quarantine, the players have to several times during their quarantine period. This is not for Bangladesh only.”

The non-Test members including Mahmudullah Riyad have begun training at the start of May.

There is a speculation of the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka three-match series could start later than already scheduled May 23. BCB is however in works to start on time.

“I’m not seeing any possibility of rescheduling the series but the challenge remains. We are working on to avoid it,” Nizamuddin said.

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