Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under isolation at his residence. Mahmud was set to be the Team Director for Bangladesh for the ODI series starting against Sri Lanka on Sunday but could not join the team after contracting the infection. In addition, Mahmud is also a coach in the Dhaka Premier League which is slated to begin on May 31.
Notably, Mahmud had reportedly returned two negative tests for Coronavirus after returning from Sri Lanka but tested positive recently. It is also being claimed by a board official that Bangladesh team began training on May 18 but Mahmud did not join them.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has currently put a bio-bubble in place for the ODI series in hotels and the Sher-E-Bangla Stadium where all three matches will take place. The members of the visiting side were in mandatory quarantine for three days upon their arrival on May 16 which was also the case for the home side. In contrast, Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman were in isolation for 11 days as they returned from the truncated IPL from India.
Over 1500 new COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh in last 24 hours
The COVID-19 crisis is continuing to severely impact lives and livelihoods around the globe. There have been over 1500 new infections reported in Bangladesh alone in the last 24 hours with over 26 people losing their lives. In all, over 12,000 lives have been lost to COVID in the country with more than 45,000 patients still battling the infection at the moment.