BCB Officials said that nine members of the test squad comprising players & support staff are currently undergoing an extended quarantine period as they were identified as close contact of a COVID-19 patient who was flying with them from Malaysia to New Zealand.
”Herath is corona positive and will be doing extended quarantine till he is cleared,” BCB cricket operations chairman, Akram Khan, said on Wednesday (December 15). “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 said.
”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.’
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s pace-bowling coach Ottis Gibson is unwell due to a stomach problem. The opening Test of the two-match test series will be played at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, starting on January 1. The second Test will be played from January 9. Due to a quarantine relaxation in New Zealand, Bangladesh will also get the opportunity to play a couple of two-day practice games.
BCB officials said that they will play an intra-squad two-day practice game on December 22-23 while the tourists will play another practice game against New Zealand A from December 28-29.
BAN vs NZ 2022 Full Schedule
|Jan 1-Jan 5 at 3.30 am IST/ 11am Local||NZ vs BAN, 1st Test||Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui|
|Jan 9- Jan 13 at 3.30 am IST/11 am Local||NZ vs BAN 2nd test||Hagley Oval, Christchurch|