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Two Covid-19 cases identified in skill-based training camp, reveal BCB


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|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh Cricket Board informed on Sunday that two cases have been identified as ‘borderline negative’ with one of them showing classical COVID-19-like symptoms out of the 27 cricketers for the Bangladesh team skill Camp - tested on 18 and 19 September 2020.

"As per the Covid-19 management guideline and to maintain Bio-Secure Environment standards, the symptomatic individual along with all the players who have been in close contact with him recently, have been isolated until the next test on 22 September," said BCB on Sunday.

A total of 27 cricketers were called up for the camp, who all had to undergo a corona test before being sent to BCB organized Bio-secure bubble in the hotel Sonargaon. A total of 11 cricketers have been kept in isolation at BCB Academy premises and will join the members at the hotel after the COVID-19 tests on Monday.

Two cases have been identified as 'borderline negative' according to BCB with one of the players showing COVID-19 symptoms. The first phase of the Corona Test was held on September 6 and 7 in which only Saif Hassan and trainer Nick Lee's report came positive.

Meanwhile, the players and coaching staff checked-in the hotel Sonargaon on Sunday, the team hotel. As part of creating a Bio-secure bubble, the BCB also conducted a corona test of 35 staff of the hotel Sonargaon who will give the players service. Two buses have been kept ready for cricketers’ traveling from hotel to stadium and stadium to hotel. The bus drivers also have been in a Bio-secure bubble along with others.

BCB has rented two floors of Hotel Sonargaon for the players and staff. Three foreign coaches Russell Domingo, Ottis Gibson and Ryan Cook have been staying here after returning to Bangladesh. BCB arranges separate rooms for everyone and public access to cricketers’ floors are reserved as well.

The Bangladesh team is supposed to leave the country on September 27 if the tour takes place. But as of now, Sri Lanka is yet to respond after Bangladesh made it clear that they would not tour the Island nation if they are bound to stay quarantined for 14 days. Bangladesh also wants practice facilities during the quarantine period, which they said, should not be over seven days.

Squad for skill training: Mominul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Shadman Islam, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Al Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Taskin Ahmed, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shafiul Islam, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Musaddek Hossain Saikat, Hasan Mahmud, Mohammad Saifuddin, Saif Hassan.