10 cricketers of Bangladesh National Cricket Team have been put in isolation as 16 cricketers started practice at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday instead of the 27 cricketers who were supposed.
A total of 27 cricketers were supposed to join the camp on day one. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) says 10 cricketers are in isolation as some of them are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and the rest came into contact with the cricketers showing symptoms of COVID-19.BCB had earlier stated that the cricketers would have to undergo a total of four phases of COVID-19 tests before flying to the island nation. In the first round of tests, Saif Hassan, the left-handed opener was the only cricketer who was found positive for COVID-19. He took another test last week and returned positive again.
Cricketers gave their nasal fluid samples for the second test on Friday and Saturday and all have been tested negative. But some of the players, BCB hasn’t revealed their names, are showing symptoms despite reporting negative in the COVID-19 test.
As per the advice of the medical department, BCB decided to keep the cricketers, who came in contact with those cricketers who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, in isolation, and they will undergo another test on September 22.
“Out of the 27 cricketers for the Bangladesh team tested on 18 and 19 September 2020, two cases have been identified as ‘borderline negative’ with one of them showing classical COVID-19-like symptoms. 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,” a BCB statement about the issue reads.
The cricketers who are in isolation till September 22: Mohammad Mithun, Hasan Mahmud, Naeem Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Abu Jayed, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Shafiul Islam and Mohammad Saifuddin.