Bangladesh's tour of New Zealand is in disarray after eight players of the squad were sent back into quarantine until December 21 after being identified as close contacts of spin bowling Rangana Herath who tested positive for covid-19.
The series, which is scheduled to begin with the first Test on New Year's day, could be postponed as the current extension will interfere with Bangladesh's two intra-squad matches and the first-class match against New Zealand A beginning on December 28.
''Our cricketers are mentally and physically exhausted due to non-stop bio-bubble and some of our cricketers were thinking of returning home skipping the series but that is not possible,'' BCB president Nazmul Hasan told reporters. ''If the quarantine is again extended after December 21 than we will sit with them ().
''We have informed them that it is difficult for us to play without sufficient preparation,'' Nazmul said, pointing out the postponement of the intra-squad two-day practice game, scheduled on December 22-23.
Players and staff who were not identified as close contacts took part in an outdoor practice session for the first time on December 16 after completing mandatory quarantine but were asked to stop their practice sessions.
The opening Test is scheduled to be played at the Bay Oval on January 1 while the second Test will be played from January 9 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.