Members of the Bangladesh ODI squad began their preparation for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Monday amid corona scare.
All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin and opener Mohammad Naim weren’t allowed to join their teammates on the opening day session and they had to undergo another Covid-19 test despite coming negative in the first test after one member of their catering service team was found corona positive.“We decided to have another corona test for them (Saifuddin and Naim) as part of precaution. The previous catering staff were removed and a new set-up has taken over,” BCB Chief Physician Debashish Chowdhury confirmed to The Daily Sun.
Saifuddin and Naim are currently staying in the academy while Mossadek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Rubel Hossain and T20 all-rounder Shamim Hossain were present on the opening day practice session that was supervised by coaches - Sohel Islam, Mizanur Rahman and Talha Jubair.
Pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who is part of the Bangladesh ODI and T20I squad for Zimbabwe, was given rest to spend some more time with his family.
“He has been in the bio-bubble for a long time so we decided to give him leave so that he can stay with his family members. He will join the team and start his preparation after reaching Zimbabwe,” BCB Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed.
Rubel, who was also part of Bangladesh’s previous tour in Zimbabwe, was optimistic to win the ODI series this time as they previously suffered a 1-2 defeat against the hosts in 2013.
“Last time we couldn’t clinch the ODI series but this time we are hopeful as we have a more balanced squad,” said Rubel, who claimed that he has recovered sufficiently from his old injury.“I was going through some problem in DPL but now I am fit and if I get a chance, I’ll try to give my hundred percent…I feel the weather is cold and it is challenging for the pace bowlers but at the same time pacers need to contribute heavily in Zimbabwe and bowl according to the team plan,” he added.
The ODI squad is scheduled to fly for Zimbabwe on July 9 while the members of the T20 squad, who will start their preparation from July 9, will leave home on July 16.
The three-match ODI series will start on July 16 while the T20I series will get underway on July 23.