Bangladesh U-19 player Iftekhar Hossain tests positive for COVID-19 during the second batch of tests for 15 cricketers.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to host an Under-19 Camp at the BKSP. In order to protect the safety of all players and staff, the BCB has opted to have all 45 players tested for COVID-19. It is only by providing a negative result that they will be allowed to join the camp.
In the first batch of 15 players, everyone tested negative on the tests that were conducted at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. However, it was in the second batch of tested players that Iftekhar Hossain had tested positive. With that, Hossain was asked to stay in isolation in his room at the academy.
As per BCB’s game development manager MA Kayser, ‘We have had one positive case, and his name is Iftekhar Hossain. He will now be in isolation under the BCB's medical protocol. He is healthy but he is being closely monitored. We will provide him with everything during his isolation and the next course of action will be decided by the BCB's medical team’.
‘The first batch of 15 players arrived at the academy on August 15, were tested the following day, and when all were found negative, were sent to BKSP, the sports institute situated 36km from Mirpur. The same plan was followed for the second batch, except Hossain, while the third batch will be tested on Thursday’, he added.
The U-19 camp is slated to start on August 23. To learn about how cricket is played, visit Betwala.
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