New Zealand opener Finn Allen has tested positive for Covid-19 a couple of days after the arrival of the Blackcaps squad in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Allen along with allrounder Colin de Grandhomme arrived early in Bangladesh, on August 20, after completing their campaign in England’s inaugural The Hundred competition. Finn Allen represented Birmingham Phoenix in the competition.
The rest of the New Zealand contingent arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday after departing from Auckland on Monday night. They will undergo a mandatory three-day quarantine period at their hotel. Consequently, they will start their training from August 27.
The batsman, who is fully vaccinated, immediately went into isolation following his reports. He is experiencing mild symptoms, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) updated.
The board further informed that he is receiving treatment from the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief medical officer.
Blackcaps manager Mike Sandle, who is in constant touch with the right-handed batter, appreciated the Bangladesh authorities for providing the best treatment and support to the cricket.
“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.
“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.
“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.
He will be able to rejoin the Blackcaps squad after his recovery and returning negative Covid-19 tests for consecutive days. As of now, the board has not named any replacement for Allen.
New Zealand is set to play five T20Is against Bangladesh, the first match of which will take place on Wednesday, September 1.
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