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Australia-Bangladesh Series Covid Protocols

BCB directors barred from entering SBNS through main gate

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27th July, 2021 10:10:02 PM
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BCB directors barred from entering SBNS through main gate

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Bangladesh Cricket Board’s directors won’t be allowed to enter the home of cricket, Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, through their usual pathway during the upcoming home series against Australia.

It is understood that the step is taken by the home board as part of bio-secure protocols ahead of the series, scheduled to start from August 3.

Usually, BCB directors are known to come to the ground during a series through gate number 2 and enter the venue through the door which is used by the teams.

However, it won’t be the case this time around as BCB directors will have to enter the venue through gate number 4 as they will keep their respective vehicles later will have to walk through gate number 3 and enter the venue using the stairs that is situated adjacent to the kitchen.

It was learnt only BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon will be allowed to come to the ground through gate number 2 and he will be allowed to use the lift as well which will be barred for other directors during the series.

BCB is keeping no stone unturned to make sure that Australians are comfortable during their stay in Dhaka and according to their demand; the step of closing the main door for the directors was taken.

Meanwhile, a top BCB official said that they are not losing their sleep despite corona hit their team hotel ahead of the upcoming home series.

It was learnt that umpires protocol officer Saiful Islam Jewel had to leave the hotel as he was positive in the third PCR sample test.

Daily Sun understands that BCB is keeping Cricket Australia informed about every development that is taking place in the team hotel.

“We are not having any problem as we have included a lot of people in our bio-secure bubble environment,” said a BCB official adding that they are strictly following the covid-19 protocols that was signed by the two boards.

From July 21, around 140 people are in quarantine. Among them, 85 persons are staying in the Hotel Intercontinental while around 40 groundsmen are also in quarantine and no one can be added to this group after July 21.

A total of 9 coronavirus tests have to be given periodically ahead of the five-match T20 series and anyone coming positive in an examination report has to leave the hotel immediately.

The Australian cricket team is scheduled to step into Dhaka at 4:00pm (BST) through their private charter flight on July 29 to participate in the five-match T20 series at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium from August 3 to August 9. Bangladesh team will also return on the same day through Qatar Airways at 9:00am (BST).