Latest Cricket News: New Zealand batsman Finn Allen has tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Bangladesh, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Tuesday. Allen tested positive for COVID-19 just 48 hours after his arrival in Dhaka despite having cleared his pre-departure tests in England where he was playing for Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred tournament.
Despite being fully vaccinated Allen is experiencing moderate symptoms, NZC added in its statement. “He has been in contact with NZC’s chief medical officer and will be monitored during his stay in quarantine by BLACKCAPS doctor Pat McHugh,” NZC’s release said.
New Zealand Manager Mike Sandle said that from Dhaka he has been in contact with New Zealand’s Chief Medical Officer & will be monitored during his stay in quarantine by New Zealand’s doctor Pat Mchugh.
“It’s really unfortunate for Finn,” said Mike Sandle, New Zealand’s manager. “He’s comfortable at the moment and hopefully he’ll recover quickly; test negative and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as possible.
Sandle said that Finn Allen flew from Heathrow on an Emirates flight & that team Officials notified the airlines about the situation, as well as he is being in contact with his family residing in New Zealand.
“The Bangladesh cricket authorities have been extremely professional in their response and we’re grateful to them for that. They’re treating the matter very seriously,” he added. The rest of the New Zealand squad that departed from Auckland on Monday night will undergo a minimum three-day period of isolation in their rooms on their arrival in Dhaka.
A decision on Allen’s availability & replacement will be made afterward. Currently, after completion of his isolation, he will have to test negative on consecutive days before he is allowed to rejoin the rest of the team. New Zealand is slated to play five T20Is in Dhaka, the first match of which will be played on September 1.
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