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Tigers’ Lanka tour only for those proving corona-negative in last tests

MD ABU TALHA SARKER, Dhaka
Tigers’ Lanka tour only for those proving corona-negative in last tests

The cricketers, officials and coaching staff of the national team have to prove themselves ‘corona-free or corona-negative’ in the scheduled four-phased corona tests – especially in the ensuing two successive last phase tests to board the Sri Lanka-bound flight for the upcoming Test series.

The two last tests will be held within seven days prior to their departure for Sri Lanka series, comprising three Test matches only. National cricket’s governing body Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has fixed dates for the last two rounds of corona tests – one of which will be held during the intense training period on September 21 or 22 with the other scheduled on September 25, merely 72 hours prior to the team’s departure.

A BCB official said the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has set a prerequisite for the players, officials and coaching staff of Bangladesh to prove themselves ‘corona-negative or corona-free’ in the last two tests before flying to Colombo.

The BCB initially planned a three-phased COVID-19 test for the team.

But they abruptly arranged an extra test in the wake of the corona cases involving the players and coaching staff following a slew of corona-like symptoms among the officials.

“We had planned to do three tests from September 18, but it had abruptly been changed as we found some positive cases in the players and coaching staff. We have also seen a number of corona cases in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and IPL for which they have done an extra test,” said BCB Chief Physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury.

“The three will be identical tests and we have done an additional test from where we got two cases of corona positive. We’ve prepared a schedule, but the government is doing the tests. We’ve informed them of our date to do the second test on September 18. If they want to do it, they can do it on September 18 or 19 or 18-19 respectively. The tests will be done based on the government’s convenience. So, the scheduling of dates might see a bit of changes,” he told The Independent.

“Our plan is to make three tests before the team’s departure for Sri Lanka. Before the camp, another test will be held. Ideally speaking, if we can conduct test on September 19, negative result-holders will be accommodated at the hotel on September 19 or 20. The scheduled intensive training will kick off September 21. We may go for our third test on September 22 or 23. Only corona-negative ones will be allowed. Those found positive will go out immediately,” he asserted.

The BCB chief physician said they have nothing to do if any player gets positive in the last round of the tests. But he, however, said if anyone gets positive in the second test, he will get to do another test within the next seven days.

“If any player is found positive in the second test (September 18), in that case, we’ll have a week in hand to make another test. Normally a test is done after a week upon having tested positive. If we get any positive case, we could do another test 72 hours before the travel. We can do it on September 25. If a positive result comes from that test, in that case, he can’t tour with the team,” he explained.

“Sri Lanka did not give us any medical plan yet. But we have got to know from them that we have to hold two tests within a week before the travel and each traveler will have two negative results from those tests,” he also said.

“In total, we’ll do four tests, one of which has already been done. The second test will hopefully be done on September 18. The 3rd one might be held on September 21 or 22 with the fourth and last one to be held on September 25 prior to leaving for the Island nation. It matches with the Sri Lankan aspirations as they want two tests within the last one week before the travel,” he added.

The national team is scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka on September 27 – almost a month before the outset of the main Test series.

HM

 

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