Saif Hassan tested positive for COVID-19

Bangladesh batsman Saif Hassan has been tested positive for COVID-19 along with trainer Nick Lee ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka.

A total of 17 cricketers and 7  supporting staff’s samples were collected on September 7 as per the decision of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Although it was decided that the team will be tested thrice before travelling to Sri Lanka, BCB have now turned it to four rounds of Covid-19 screening.

After the result came out on Tuesday, it has been informed that out of the 24 members, only Saif and Lee have been tested positive. The board has told them immediately to go into self-isolation in accordance with the COVID-19 management protocol until they undergo another test.

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It may be noted that Lee had earlier reported positive on 14 August in Dubai, UAE and negative on 23 August after 10 days in isolation. He also completed a 14-day self-quarantine on arrival in Dhaka prior to yesterday’s test.

BCB’s Sports Physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury informed reporters that they are reviewing Lee’s case to determine whether it is a new or previous infection.

“Our consultant for COVID-19 is reviewing Lee’s case to determine whether it is a new or previous infection before advising on the management plan,” he said.

Meanwhile, the players who have been tested negative can resume their individual training from Wednesday. The players will start training as a team from September 21.  However, before that, the players have to undergo COVID-19 test thrice and those who will test negative will be allowed to stay at a hotel from September 23.

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