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We cannot do 14-day quarantine- Zahid Ahsan





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|| CF Correspondent ||

Despite there is no development regarding the fate of the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka though state minister for youth and sports Zahid Ahsan Russell said on Sunday that tourist will not travel to  Sri Lanka with 14-day quarantine in place that suggest cricketers movement will be limited to their hotel room.

Zahid comment came few days after SLC threatened that they will have to reschedule the tour if the tourist doesn’t agree to the guideline that will be provided by the health task force.

It was learnt that Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 task force is not ready to reduce the mandatory 14-day quarantine more so after there is speculation regarding second wave of corona in October.

‘’We have taken it with great interest that will have a series in this time of the epidemic of corona. We are very concern about it and our players are in practicing for the series. We are in discussion with the board all the time,’’ said Zahid.

‘’Which conditions Sri Lanka gave us, we said them to decrease the quarantine time of 14 days , beside that the condition they gave us about the hotel room , we denied that. If a player is staying in a closed room for 14 days certainly there will be lack of fitness because he will not able to play,’’ he said.

‘’We asked them [SLC] that we should have the permission to use the gym and  other facilities of the hotel. We need the chance to get this.  We may get a decision from Sri Lanka soon,’’ he said.

Bangladesh were expected to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27 for the three-Test series that is scheduled to start from October 23 but later tourist had to alter their plans as they failed to get a response from the host regarding their concern over the quarantine period.

The Sri Lanka tour provided a chance for the Tigers to get back to international cricket after a six-month long break imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. With uncertainty now reigning on the fate of the series, if the two boards cannot come to a consensus, the players will have to extend their pause from international cricket during these uncertain times of the pandemic.