There was rain and there was uncertainty. But everything eventually vanished during the opening day of the practice sessions of both Bangladesh and Australia teams at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
Bangladesh cricketer Mosaddek Hossain’s absence in the first training session raised quite a few eyebrows and it didn’t take long for everyone to get concerned considering the current Covid-19 situation of the country.
However, all the doubts were cleared about Mosaddek by a team official who informed that the all-rounder had only a headache and there was nothing to worry about.
“Everyone is cleared as far as Covid-19 is concerned as they have successfully passed the second corona test. Mosaddek just had some headache but there is nothing more to it,” an official confirmed The Daily Sun, who is attached with the team.
Bangladesh pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman and opener Soumya Sarkar opted to stay out from the football game in the training session as both of them are recovering from respective injuries.
Mustafizur is recovering from an ankle injury while Soumya is having a slight strain and their not joining the football raised doubts about their fitness.
Both Mustafizur and Soumya also took part in the nets and it was possible largely due to the fact rain stopped after it initially forced the Tigers to start their skill session at the indoor rather than coming out in the nets.
The appearance of head curator Gamini De Silva in the SBNS curator room was also quite surprising considering he was expected to run the show from his home
BCB earlier stated that Gamini can’t come to the SBNS as he’s not part of their bio-bubble and he was refrained from coming close to the wicket and only to give instructions from his home.
As per the previous schedule, the Australian protocol officer arrived at the venue two hours before their team’s arrival and upon his approval, the tourists started from the team hotel and looked quite relaxed upon arrival as they were seen joking between them.
The bio-bubble security took a new dimension when the cameramen of different media outlets were asked to move away from the plaza area and go elsewhere to capture pictures of Australia’s practice session.
The place was previously used by the cameramen during the last two international series but the visitors were not ready to accommodate them in their usual place as part of a corona precaution.
Australian pacers led by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood did some running after completing their warm-up but didn’t go to the nets.
The move clearly indicated the Australians are well aware that spin will play a big part in the series and as a result want to give Adam Jampa and others along with their batsmen some handy time in the nets.
Aussie all-rounders Dan Christian and Mitchell Marsh were seen bowling in the nets along with their throw down specialist as the Australians also had an extensive fielding session under the lights before completing the first day’s training at the SBNS.