After five members of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh team tested positive for Covid-19, the ODI series between the two countries was put in jeopardy. However, the first match of the series went on without a glitch after four out of the five members tested negative. Fast bowler Shiran Fernando was the only player to test positive again. While both boards have been in constant touch, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Nazmul Hasan has said that they are following protocols and adds that the bio-bubble vigilance will be increased.
"It can happen at times (someone getting positive) but there is a protocol in place... what we need to do and how many times we need to do the test to make sure that he is negative," Nazmul said on Sunday (May 23).
"We are following the protocol and we feel nothing serious happened that we need to panic. But definitely, we will increase our vigilance. He (Fernando) recovered from Covid very recently, the PCR may have detected the dead RNA from the virus, many individuals have it on them up to 28 days," he added.
Sri Lanka's team manager Manuja Kariyapperuma said that he is happy with the arrangements which have been put in place.
"Yes, we had two players, and one support staff member (that) tested positive, but two of them were declared negative after the second test so these things happen. There is a thing you know, false positive reports, and I think, it might have been that," said Manuja. "The facilities offered to us are good, that are more than adequate, and we made use of the facilities that were afforded to us, and looking forward to a very good series," he said.
Bangladesh have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with a 33-run win in the first ODI at Mirpur. The second game will be played on Tuesday (May 25) at the same venue.