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BCB relieved as covid scare ends

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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BCB relieved as covid scare ends
Australia’s Aaron Finch leaves the abandoned second ODI against West Indies at Kensington Oval, Barbados on Thursday. — AFP photo

Bangladesh heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday after no further Covid-19 infections were discovered in both Australia and West Indies teams in the latest round of testing which cleared the fears of Australia’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Doubts were raised regarding Bangladesh’s home series against the Aussies after the second ODI between Australia and West Indies was postponed in Barbados due to a Covid-19 positive result of one of the home side’s support staff.

There was a strong chance that the Australian team will remain together in Barbados for the mandatory 14-day quarantine period before flying home if any member of the fully vaccinated Australian touring party is found positive during the latest test.

Cricket West Indies, however, confirmed that none of the other 152 people tested on the previous day was returned with positive results. The final two matches of the series were also rescheduled for Saturday and Monday.

The Aussies are scheduled to leave for Dhaka on Wednesday to play a five-match T20I series, starting on August 3.

“It’s good news that all of them are tested negative. If that was not the case then our series could have been in disarray but that is not the case now,” said a BCB official.

BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury said that their current main challenge is to maintain the 10-day mandatory quarantine for individuals expected to be involved in the series.

“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. No one can be added to this group after July 21,” he said.

“If anyone is corona infected during this time we can’t replace him and so we have included more people in the bubble,” he added. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim had to be ruled out from the series as he failed to get into 10-day mandatory quarantine on time after returning home from Zimbabwe to be with his sick parents.

Bangladesh and Australia will go straight to the team hotel in Dhaka upon their arrival.