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BBPL hit by corona again

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 22 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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BBPL hit by corona again

The ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 was hit by corona once again as Fortune Barishal on Friday claimed that three members of their side were reported Covid-19 positive.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan didn’t play their opening game against Chattogram Challengers after he was tested positive for corona along with two other members of the side - batter Munim Shahriar and batting coach Nazmul Abedin Fahim.

A Barishal official later confirmed that Nurul tested negative in the second test that took place on Friday and they are now waiting for another negative result of Nurul to allow him to join the squad.

“Nurul was tested positive in the first test on January 17 and then was tested negative in the second test on Friday. We are waiting for another negative result to allow him to join our squad. The test will be done tomorrow,” said the official.

Barishal are not the only team to suffer from covid as six positive cases were found in the Khulna Tigers camp that included Soumya Sarkar, who missed their opening game against Minister Dhaka.

The BPL governing council member secretary Ismail Haider Mallick hinted that they might change their plan of hosting the tournament in three venues if Covid situation gets worse from bad.

“Look it’s difficult to play continuously so either we have to give four to five days rest or take the game to another venue. Till now we have selected Chattogram and Sylhet as the other two venues and if there is no big hiccup then we will play there. But if there is some kind of problem, naturally we will change our plan. We will talk with the shareholders and take necessary measures,” Mallick told the reporters on Friday.

“If the situation is bad we might change our decision (hosting BBPL in three venues),” he added. 

Covid confirmed cases crossed 10,000 on Thursday for the first time since August 2021, with positive cases growing to 29 times more than the number it was on January 1.