After five people in the Sri Lanka team tested positive for COVID, the question arose as to whether the series would continue between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at all. However, as decided by the leaders of both teams, the matches will take place according to the schedule as decided, and there will be no changes in that field.
On that occasion, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan also spoke "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 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday (May 23), as quoted by cricbuzz "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 said.
Kariyapperuma on the results
Manuja Kariyapperuma, the coach of Sri Lanka, revealed that 2 people were negative after the test, and he believes that these may be false positive results.
"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. Nazmul also explained why bio-bubble does not suit his team, but unfortunately the situation is such that the measures must remain in force "I don't know about the others, but it's very difficult for us.
There are two reasons, as each country has its own culture. About us, we are used to working closely with the players." "The second thing is, the way the players need to practice before going to a tour, this is not preparation at all.
If we consider each match, we went to New Zealand, followed by playing Test matches at home, and played ODIs and T20Is in New Zealand." "Then on coming back, completing the quarantine process, we went to Sri Lanka to play Test matches and now we are taking on Sri Lanka."