Kiwis in quarantine in Dhaka New Zealand received a big blow ahead of their upcoming five-match T20I series against the hosts Bangladesh as their top-order batsman Finn Allen was tested Covid-19 positive in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Allen was one of the two New Zealand cricketers along with Colin de Grandhomme, who arrived in Bangladesh on August 20 from England after taking part in the Hundred, a franchise 100-ball cricket tournament.
Kiwis in quarantine in Dhaka The remaining members of the squad landed in Dhaka on Tuesday and started their three-day mandatory room quarantine in the team hotel.
“Allen, who represented the Birmingham Phoenix in England’s new Hundred competition, is fully vaccinated and passed all his pre-departure tests in England – before testing positive 48 hours after arrival in Dhaka,” NZC said in a statement.
“He has been quarantined at the team’s hotel and immediate advice is that he is experiencing moderate symptoms.
“Allen is receiving treatment from the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief medical officer; has been in contact with NZC’s chief medical officer, and will be monitored during his stay in quarantine by BLACKCAPS doctor Pat McHugh.
“Once he has undergone treatment and the statutory period of isolation, and has tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days, he will be cleared to re-join his team-mates,” it added.
New Zealand team manager Mike Sandle, who is in Dhaka, said that he was in constant contact with Allen and the cricketer is receiving the best of care from the Bangladesh authorities.
“The Bangladesh cricket authorities have been extremely professional in their response and we’re grateful to them for that,” he said. “They’re treating the matter very seriously.”
NZC said that the decision on whether Allen will be replaced in the squad has not yet been made.
Earlier, NZC opted to send a new-look T20I side for the series against Bangladesh as they didn’t keep any of their ICC World T20 squad members for their first tour in this part of the world after 2013.
Meanwhile, the members of the Bangladesh team also reported to the team hotel on Tuesday and started their mandatory three-day room quarantine.
The BCB earlier stated that they allowed the players to bring their spouse and children to the team hotel so that they don’t feel bio-bubble fatigue but according to a BCB official a few players have taken the opportunity.
Both the teams are scheduled to start their practice on August 27 after completing the mandatory quarantine and being cleared in the corona test.
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who arrived in Dhaka on early Wednesday, will join the team in practice a day later.
The matches of the series will take place on September 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10 respectively at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital.