Members of Bangladesh national cricket team will undergo another Covid-19 test on Friday.
It will be their second out of four tests which will be conducted ahead of the proposed tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series.
The first test was done 10 days ago. If the tour goes ahead as planned, the cricketers will have to undergo two more tests.
In the first test, Saif Hassan, the left-handed opener tested positive along with the head of physical training Nicholas Lee who tested negative later. Saif again tested positive this week.
Sources close to the selection committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said 27 players have been given government orders (GO) to travel to Sri Lanka.
The series, however, is still in jeopardy as Sri Lankan health authorities are reluctant to ease quarantine restriction for the Tigers which BCB had asked for earlier.
As per Sri Lanka’s regulation, everyone who enters the island nation will have to maintain a strict 14-day quarantine. But BCB asked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to reduce this period to seven days. SLC said they have no problem with this but the health authorities refused the proposal of SLC, throwing the series into jeopardy.
This week, BCB President Nazmul Hassan told the media that if Sri Lanka stays firm on their current regulation of a mandatory 14-day quarantine, Bangladesh might not continue with the tour.
At this stage, Namal Rajapaksa, the cabinet minister of youth affairs and sports of Sri Lanka, urged SLC to negotiate with the health department so that they find a way to ease the restriction and make the series happens.
SLC also came up with a new idea of two-country quarantine. Tigers can stay isolated for seven days in Bangladesh before flying to Sri Lanka and complete another seven-day isolation after reaching the island nation.
But this idea seems to be nearly impossible one. Neither the health department of Sri Lanka nor BCB have so far said anything about the idea.
Despite uncertainty over the tour, BCB is preparing the squad as it was planned earlier. But the ongoing individual and small group training programme is on hold for three days. It will resume on September 20.