Shakib joins team after testing negative for Covid-19, unlikely to play 1st Test against Sri Lanka
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, May 13: Shakib Al Hasan had been ruled out of Chittagong Test after testing positive for coronavirus. After three days of isolation at home, he has tested 'negative' for Covid-19. The left-arm all-rounder is joining the team in Chittagong today. However, he is unlikely to play the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Chittagong.
Chief selector Minhazul Abedir Nannu said, "Shakib has tested negative for Covid-19. He is joining the team in Chittagong. After the Eid holiday, Bangladesh team started preparations for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka but Shakib could not join. The all-rounder took an extra two-day off while in the United States. Shakib returned home on Tuesday morning after completing that holiday. After returning to the country, his corona test was done according to Covid protocol. The left-arm all-rounder had tested positive for coronavirus."
Shakib was then sent to a five-day isolation. His isolation was scheduled to end on May 14. Before that, Shakib is joining the team after testing negative for Covid.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team has started preparations for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. Muminul Haque has started training at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong since last Monday (May 9) morning. Shakib was scheduled to join the team on Wednesday (May 11).
Shakib returned home from the United States to play in the Dhaka Premier League. After playing four matches in the jersey of Legends of Rupganj, the country's star all-rounder returned to the United States after completing some personal work. Shakib returned to the country on Tuesday morning to take part in the Sri Lanka series. But he was sent to isolation as his Covid test report came positive. Shakib is finally joining the team today (Friday) and he is likely to start practicing tomorrow (Saturday).