Cricketers to undergo COVID-19 test from Monday

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Players of Bangladesh national cricket team and its support staff will undergo COVID-19 test from Monday, BCB said in a statement, reports UNB.

The Tigers are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka later this month to play their first three-match Test series in six years, which will commence from 24 October.

Cricketers will have to maintain a quarantine period after reaching the island nation.



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"As part of the BCB's coronavirus management plan and to ensure player safety for training sessions leading up to the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka, sample for COVID-19 test will be collected from national team players and probables and relevant support personnel tomorrow," a BCB statement reads.

Bangladesh played their last international match back in March this year against Zimbabwe.

After that, COVID-19 situation forced them to stay away from cricket for a long time.

However, cricketers started an individual training programme for a month now.

BCB is planning to host a residential team practice camp which will commence right before flying for Sri Lanka.

The Tigers will have a longer training camp in Sri Lanka ahead of the series.

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Because of the COVID-19 situation, BCB will have to announce a squad comprising more cricketers than they usually do.

A BCB source said, at least 21 players will be named for the Sri Lanka tour.

Meanwhile, BCB had halted the individual training programme last week after a few support personnel showed the symptoms of COVID-19.

However, the training will resume on 9 September.

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