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Shiran Fernando Tests Negative For Covid-19 Following The 3rd Round Of RT-PCR Test

Shiran Fernando, a Sri Lankan pace bowler has tested negative for COVID-19 in the third round of RT-PCR test he had undergone on Wednesday (May 26), according to a Bangladesh Cricket Board official.

Ahead of the first one-day international between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, three members of the Sri Lankan squad tested positive though later Chaminda Vaas and Isuru Udana were declared negative after the second round of tests, while Shiran Fernando still returned a positive result.

Shiran Fernando Didn’t Practice

Bangladesh won both the first 2 ODIs and hence, the third one slated to be held on 28th May is a dead rubber. Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim was the star performer in both the ODIs, scoring 84 in the 1st and then 125 in the 2nd ODI. Bangladesh won by 33 runs in the 1st ODI and by 103 runs in the 2nd one decided by Duckworth-Lewis.

The right-arm pace bowler Shiran Fernando did not attend the practice session on Wednesday afternoon at Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Academy premises.

“Shiran Fernando tested Corona negative (in the last test),” Bangladesh’s team official Rabeed Imam confirmed to Cricbuzz on Wednesday.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim

However, Shiran Fernando didn’t take part in his team’s practice session on Wednesday afternoon at the BCB academy premises as the tourists started their preparation with the focus on avoiding a Bangladesh clean sweep after conceding their maiden ODI series with back to back losses in the opening two games of the ongoing series.

Mushfiqur Rahim hit his eighth ODI century as Bangladesh secured its first ODI series victory over Sri Lanka with a 103-run win by the DLS method in the rain-interrupted second match. In an innings twice halted by rain, the wicket-keeper batsman scored 125 off 127 balls with 10 fours as Bangladesh was bowled out for 246 in 48.1 overs. It was Bangladesh’s first series victory against Sri Lanka across three formats.
Sri Lanka was 126-9 after 38 overs when rain interrupted the game for the third time. Sri Lanka was set a revised target of 245 in 40 overs, meaning it needed 119 runs from the final two overs. The visitors ended on 141-9. Bangladesh won by 33 runs on Sunday in the first of their three-match series. The final match is on Friday.

Mohammad Saifuddin Recovering First From Head Injury And Naim Sheikh Added To Bangladesh Squad For 3rd Dead Rubbber ODI

Meanwhile, BCB officials insisted that Mohammad Saifuddin is recovering fast from the head injury and they are expecting him to be available for the dead rubber Game 3. Mohammad Saifuddin is currently undergoing a 24-hour observation period after being hit on his helmet during the second ODI on Tuesday. He was replaced by pacer Taskin Ahmed after he had shown signs of concussion.

Mohammad Saifuddin celebrates a wicket Getty Images
Mohammad Saifuddin celebrates a wicket Getty Images

After the incident, he was taken to a city hospital straightway for a routine checkup but no major problem was found in his reports. Bangladesh has also added Naim Sheikh to their squad for the final ODI, to be played on Friday.

Bangladesh has attained the pole position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table with a historic win against Sri Lanka. The Tamim Iqbal-led outfit took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh now has 50 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Sri Lanka continues to be in the last position with -2 points in five outings.

Bangladesh recorded their fifth consecutive win at home in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. After blanking West Indies 3-0, Bangladesh has now won two back-to-back matches against Sri Lanka to record a maiden series win over the Islanders.

2nd ODI:- Bangladesh 246 (Rahim 125, Mahmudullah 41, Chameera 3-44) beat Sri Lanka 141-9 (Rahman 3-16, Miraz 3-28) by 103 runs(DLS)

1st ODI:- Bangladesh 257 for 6 (Mushfiqur 84, Mahmudullah 54, Tamim 52, Dhananjaya 3-45) beat Sri Lanka 224 all out (Hasaranga 74, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4-30) by 33 runs

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan Confident Of Bio-bubble Arrangement In Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan has said the home board is confident of the bio-bubble arrangement that is in place for the ongoing 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Nazmul Hasan’s comment comes after a Sri Lanka player tested positive for Covid-19 in the lead-up to the series opener in Dhaka on Sunday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan stressed that there is no need for panic but promised that Bangladesh Cricket Board will step up the bio-bubble vigilance. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka play 3 ODIs in Dhaka between May 23 and 28. The BCB chief is confident that the remainder of the series will go ahead as scheduled.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan said he is confident of bio-bubble arrangements for Sri Lanka series (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan said he is confident of bio-bubble arrangements for the Sri Lanka series (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan: Nothing Serious To Panic And There’s A Protocol In Place

The ODI series opener was in question after it emerged on Sunday that 3 members of the touring Sri Lankan party tested positive for Covid-19. However, two of them returned negative results in the second RT-PCR test. The first ODI went ahead as scheduled on Sunday even as the 3 members did not join the rest of the team at the Shere-Bangla National Stadium.

“We are following the protocol and we feel nothing serious happened that we need to panic. It can happen at times (someone testing 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,” Hasan said.

Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)
Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)

“But definitely we will increase our vigilance. He (Shiran 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 bowling coach Chaminda Vaas, bowlers Isura Udana and Shiran Fernando have tested positive ahead of Sunday’s first ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Chaminda Vaas and Isuru Udana returned negative results while Shiran Fernando tested positive in the 2nd RT-PCR Test for which the samples were collected on Saturday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan has addressed the COVID-19 positive cases in the Sri Lankan camp on Sunday hours before the first ODI in Dhaka. Though the match went ahead as scheduled, Nazmul Hasan has stressed the need to increase the bubble’s security.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan claimed they all followed the protocols and that nothing severe occurred to panic. He feels that, at times, people can test positive for the virus despite abiding by the guidelines; hence, he believes it’s crucial to ensure they carry out the testing abundantly.

Sri Lanka Happy With The Arrangements In Dhaka And Looking Forward To A Good Series: Team Manager

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka team manager Manuja Kariyapperuma also stressed that the tourists are happy with the arrangements in Dhaka and are hopeful of the series continuing without any further issues.

“The facilities offered to us are good, that is more than adequate, and we made use of the facilities that were afforded to us, and looking forward to a very good series,” Kariyapperuma said, as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Bangladesh won the first ODI on Sunday 33 runs to go 1-0 up in the 3-match series. Mushfiqur Rahim hit a match-winning 84 as Bangladesh posted 257 for 8 in their quota of 50 overs.

Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (L) plays a shot as Sri Lanka's captain Kusal Perera looks on during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on 23 May 2021
Photo Credit: AFP.

Wanidu Hasaranga hit a valiant 74 while batting at No. 8 but it was not enough as Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman picked up 7 wickets between them and helped Bangladesh bowl out Sri Lanka for 224.