Tigers adapting to bio bubble

Sports Correspondent

22 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh National Cricket Team players and coaching staff experienced ‘bio-bubble’ health safety net environment for the first time as they passed an anxious period thinking about their immediate future.

Curiosity seemed to be the word which gripped a large portion of cricketers along with the support staff in the breakfast table after their first night of practice camp at Pan Pacific Sonargaon witnessing a completely different atmosphere thanks to COVID-19 pandemic which forced the world to embrace a new-normal life style.

Cricket fraternity did not take long to adapt to it. Bio bubble environment seems to be the only way to resume cricket despite the havoc being wreaked by COVID-19 pandemic.

As Bangladesh are heading for a proposed three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, BCB opted to bring the members of their preliminary squad along with team officials under the bio bubble by isolating the individuals who reported negative for COVID-19 and limiting their movement both inside the hotel as well as at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) for the practice session.

According to a BCB official who is accompanying the cricketers in the hotel, BCB dedicated a floor in the hotel for the team while meals are being served under strict protocol at a different floor.

“Certainly it is something new for everyone but everyone looked determined to adapt to it as they are aware that there is no other way out apart from going through this isolation ahead of international engagement,” said the official.

“They are having their breakfast and meal nearly at the same point in time as it is a prerequisite and we are also following the same protocol in the gym which is dedicated for us and only after we move, it is opened for the rest of the members following rigorous cleaning,” he said.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is still waiting to hear from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) regarding the future of Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series.

Bangladesh National Cricket Team are scheduled to leave Dhaka for the island nation on September 27 that’s why Tigers have been preparing for every possible scenario.

The preliminary squad for the series has already reported for the residential camp on Sunday and the practice sessions are held in usual pace. However, all this are being done without a confirmation from hosts SLC yet.

“We must have something concrete as the fate of the tour is hanging for quite some time now,” said a member of the squad.

The series fell in jeopardy after BCB President Nazmul Hasan, on Monday last, rejected the proposition of touring Sri Lanka as per the health safety terms which was initially put forth by SLC. Since then SLC and concerned authorities of Sri Lanka have been busy trying to work on the terms suggested by BCB. According to a BCB high-up, a reply from SLC is due by today evening or Tuesday.