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Bangladesh Batsman Saif Hassan Tested COVID-19 Positive

Saif Hassan ( Photo Credits: Getty Images)

Bangladesh opening batsman Saif Hassan has tested COVID-19 positive, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced today. Besides, strength and conditioning coach, Nick Lee also tested positive after his tests today. The cricket board had collected samples a total of 24 members which involved 17 players and 7 staff members before Bangladesh’s series against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh will depart for Sri Lanka to play a bilateral series on September 27. Interestingly, Lee was earlier also tested positive of coronavirus on August 14 at Dubai. However, after another test took place where he tested negative on August 23 after he sustained a compulsory 10 days isolation period. He also completed a 14-day self-quarantine on arrival in Dhaka prior to yesterday’s test.

Saif Hassan Tested COVID-19 Positive

“Our consultant for COVID-19 is reviewing Lee’s case to determine whether it is a new or previous infection before advising on the management plan”, BCB’s Sports Physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury said.

Additionally, as per the chief selector Minhajul Abedin, 37 members that comprise members of the Test and High-Performance squad, scheduled to tour Sri Lanka will now have to undergo complete coronavirus tests.

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Furthermore, BCB had earlier stopped individual training as part of a careful measure. Now the board has confirmed that all players and staff will now recommence their outdoor training on September 9 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

“We will keep corona positive players under our intensive observation. We will test them again after a certain period. Their future will depend on the next test,” asserted a BCB official.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Cricket Board is planning to hold a week-long preparatory camp before the tour of Sri Lanka. The private camp will begin on September 21 while the Board will conduct COVID-19 tests in total of four phases.

The other three tests will take place on September 18, 21 and 24, with the final test programmed 72 hours before they fly to Sri Lanka.