Bangladesh spin bowling coaching Rangana Herath, who is currently in New Zealand for the two-match Test series between Bangladesh and the Kiwis, has tested positive for COVID-19. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday confirmed the news while adding that nine other members of the touring party including some players and support staff are currently undergoing extended quarantine after being found to be close contacts of an infected person.
The isolation period for nine Bangladesh squad members, including four players, Mominul Haque, Yasir Ali, Fazle Rabbi, and Mehedi Hasan Miraz, has been extended for a few more days after a passenger seated near them on the aircraft from Malaysia to New Zealand tested positive for Covid-19.
“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.”
Following the news today, all of the team’s players and staff members were subjected to Covid-19 tests for the third time on this tour.
Meanwhile, the first Test is set to begin on January 1 at the Bay Oval in Tauranga. The second Test is scheduled to begin on January 9th. Bangladesh will also be able to play a handful of two-day practise games because of a quarantine relaxation in New Zealand.
BCB authorities have announced that they would hold an intra-squad two-day practise game on December 22-23, while the tourists will play New Zealand A on December 28-29.