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Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Series

Shakib negative for Covid-19, might play first Test


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Bangladesh premier all-rounder Shakib al Hasan returned negative in the Covid-19 test on Friday. It was confirmed by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan Papon. 

Shakib might play the first Test against Sri Lanka, depending on his physical condition.

Earlier on Tuesday, the player was ruled out of the first Test after he was tested positive with the virus twice upon his arrival from the USA.

"According to the discussion I had with him, he will fly to Chattogram. But the fact is, he has not had any kind of practice. He said that he was feeling alright. It's completely a medical issue. It's the medical team and the fitness trainers who will decide if Shakib is fit for the first Test or not," said BCB president Nazmul Hassan. 

"The most important thing is that he has recovered and will join the team. He may or may not play the first Test. It's tough to say. As I said, it is fully up to the medical team. There is no chance of being emotional here. If it was an ODI match, then there wouldn't be any problem. But it is a matter of five days and we don't want to put extra pressure on him. We will play safe and give him the full freedom. But if he wants to play, then there is nothing to ponder," he added. 

The first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will take place on May 15 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, with the second match taking place on May 23 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

 

 

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