Bangladesh is scheduled to lock horns with New Zealand for a two-match Test series scheduled to be commencing on January 1. However, the team has suffered a blow ahead of the series as their spin-bowling coach Rangana Herath has been tested positive for Covid-19. Apart from him, the nine members of the contingent are suggested to have been undergoing an extended quarantine period as they were in close contact with a Covid-positive patient who was flying from Malaysia to New Zealand.
Bangladesh Cricket operations chairman, Akram Khan has revealed that there was a corona positive patient in the plane and some members in the squad along with Rangana Herath were in close contact with him.
Elaborating the same, Khan said, “Herath is corona positive and will be doing extended quarantine till he is cleared. Look there was a corona positive in the plane and a couple of members of our squad along with Herath were in close contact with him. They are asked to do quarantine while Herath was found positive from them.”
He further elaborated, ”Other members of the squad have already been freed to practice from today though they could not do so due to rain after completing their mandatory quarantine period. The rest (who are asked to quarantine) will join them after obtaining a corona negative result following their quarantine period they were asked to complete.”
Pace-bowling coach Ottis Gibson is also unwell as he is down with a stomach bug. BCB officials have said that there will be a two-day intrasquad practice match on December 22-23, and one more fixture against New Zealand A which is scheduled from December 28-29.