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Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed tests positive for COVID-19

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board, in a media release earlier today, announced that medium-pacer Abu Jayed has tested positive for COVID-19. BCB added that all players, barring Jayed, have tested negative for COVID-19 from tests conducted on September 22.

BCB’s sports physician Debashish Chowdhury, “Pace bowler Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi has reported positive for COVID-19. He will receive treatment in isolation for COVID as per guidelines and will undergo further tests in due course.” 

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The 27 cricketers called up to the Bangladesh team’s skill camp, who are going through a training program ahead of their tour to Sri Lanka gave their samples for the test. The coaches have also completed the tests and there will be no test tomorrow, as planned earlier.

“We are not going to have the scheduled test on September 25 as it is expected to be done 72 hours before we board, But if it is delayed for a longer period then we will have to start all over again because we were expected to complete two tests within one week’s time, with the last test 72 hours before we depart,” Chowdhury told Cricbuzz. ”It will be huge pressure mentally for the cricketers if they are not sure how long they will have to stay in the bio-bubble.”

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Bangladesh are expected to travel to Sri Lanka on September 27 with the series starting on October 23. The opening two Test matches are scheduled to be played in Kandy while the last Test is expected to be played in Colombo. Bangladesh will also play a practice match against Sri Lanka A from October 18.