Food poisoning fiasco at press-box

BCB cuts ties with Seven Hills

Sports Correspondent

15 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cut ties with Seven Hills after 25 individuals including 17 journalists covering the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 have been reported to suffer from food poising.

According to the victims, their sickness was due to the food being provided in the media facilities by Seven Hill Restaurant as it was contaminated.

BCB has already terminated its contract with Seven Hill restaurant following complaints from many media personnel on Saturday.

Seven Hills has been serving food in the media center since the start of BBPL 2019 on December 11 and since then eyebrows have been raised over the quality of food.

It is understood that the food, which comes in boxes from the restaurant, are prepared long before it is served for lunch and the evening supper. However, BCB finally took notice of the issue after being stormed with complaints on Saturday.

Facing the unexpected situation, BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon was contacted by journalists in order to meet him and inform him about the issue and asking for a solution.

BCB Media Manager Rabeed Imam arrived at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium later and informed the journalists that they are looking after the matter and have cut all ties with Seven Hills Restaurant.  

“This is very disappointing and embarrassing. I also have the same food. The situation was taken care of as soon as the complaints came in. The restaurant (Seven Hill) that was souring the food has been terminated. Extra measures will be in place from here on,” said Rabeed.

Earlier, Massranga TV senior sports reporter Zahid Chowdhury in the whatsapp group maintained by the BCB on Saturday stated that he was sick.

“I am suffering from food poisoning since last night (Friday). Had a tough time and was constantly vomiting and along with suffering severe dysentery. I had at one point fainted while in the toilet. I am not in the shape to come to the field (SBNCS) to cover the matches,” informed Zahid.