The ongoing one-day international series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will go ahead as per schedule despite one Sri Lankan cricketer tested Covid-19 positive on Sunday before the first match got underway in the capital.
“We have been consistently keeping our communication with the high-ups of Sri Lanka Cricket. There is no doubt about holding the next two matches. The whole series will go on as per schedule,” Bangladesh Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told The Daily Sun.Earlier, the fate of the series got into serious doubt after a total of five people - two Sri Lankan cricketers - Isuru Udana and Shiran Fernando, their bowling coach Chaminda Vaas and two Bangladeshi logistic staff found corona positive on Saturday after they underwent the Covid-19 test on May 18.
However, all the members of both the teams underwent yet another Covid-19 test on the same day (May 22) and apart from Fernando, the other members of both the contingent tested corona negative.
Sri Lankan manager Manuja Kariyapperuma said that they are satisfied with the hospitality provided by BCB and looking forward to completing the series.
“The facilities that have been offered are more than enough and we made you serve the facilities that have been offered to us as well. I am looking forward to a very good series,” he said.
“The Bangladesh cricket board is making every effort to give the best facilities available for us in the new normal. It is something we too must understand and adapt when you come to another country,” he added.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon later on the day revealed that they would increase their precautionary measures after the incident although he expressed his frustration to arrange matches in a tight bio-bubble environment.“I don’t know about the others but it has become very difficult for us. Firstly our culture is different and secondly, we can’t do a practice like we really want to do,” Nazmul told reporters.
The first ODI also saw a four-minute delay start but not because of the last-minute Covid-19 adjustment, only as the DRS system wasn’t ready at that time.
Pacer Udana, who only came corona negative on Sunday morning, bowled the first ball of the match after Bangladesh opted to bat first in the series opener at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The remaining two matches are scheduled to be held on May 25 and 28 respectively at the same venue.