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Bangladesh cricketers get vaccinated ahead of New Zealand tour

A number of Bangladesh cricketers, alongside the coaching staff, have received the first round of COVID-19 vaccine in the capital’s Kurmitola General Hospital on Thursday (February 18).

BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon was also present at the hospital during the time of vaccination.

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The Tigers cricketers and coaching staff have received the vaccine ahead of their departure for New Zealand next week to take part in a limited-overs international series.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) informed that a total of 36 cricketers will be vaccinated in two days.

The first Bangladeshi cricketer to be vaccinated was Soumya Sarkar, followed Tamim Iqbal, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Naim and Taskin Ahmed. Next in line was the contingent of support staffers.

Special arrangements had been made for the overseas coaches, as they do not have the Bangladeshi national ID that is mandatory to be eligible for the vaccine.

Jalal Yunus, the BCB director, was also vaccinated, as he will travel to New Zealand with the team.

“It is important for all of us to receive the vaccine. I would like to thank everyone involved in the process,” said Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal after taking the first round with his wife.

Tamim also shared his feelings before receiving the vaccine.

“The thing about vaccination is that if you know how helpful it is for you then I think your fear will be reduced. I will not deny that I was afraid. When the first approach was made, I was not sure whether to take it or not. But after talking to the BCB and when many people suggested that it is normal to have syndromes, it seemed to me that I could take it,” he said.

In the presence of the country’s health minister Zahid Maleque and the BCB president, the Surokkha app was also launched, with Soumya being the first to use it.





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