Shakib, Mustafizur join teammates in Mirpur

DHAKA—Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman joined the teammates after completing their quarantine as the Tigers resumed their practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur following the Eid holiday.

The mandatory 14-day quarantine of Shakib and Mustafizue was relaxed to 12 days by the ministry of health.

The duo returned home from India on May 6 after taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was postponed at halfway through the tournament following the surge of Covid-19 cases in India.

Shakib went straight to Hotel Four Points by Sheraton while Mustafizur and his wife went to Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka Hotel after arriving at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and completed their mandatory institutional quarantine over there.

Both the cricketers returned Covid-19 negative in multiple tests over the last few weeks.

Shakib though was dropped after three matches for Kolkata Knight Riders, Mustafizur played all of the matches for Rajasthan Royals before the postponement of the cash-rich tournament. Shakib scored only 38 runs and took two wickets while Mustafizur who rediscovered his killer form snapped up eight wickets in seven matches in an effort of economical bowling.

They reached Dhaka early through a special arrangement by their respective franchisees as all air travel was suspended between India and Bangladesh.

The Tigers are scheduled to play three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka with the first match taking place on May 23 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium while the remaining two matches will be played on May 25 and 28 respectively at the same venue.

Sri Lanka team arrived in the city on Sunday and they will start their practice on Wednesday after completing their three-day quarantine in a city hotel.BSS