The chief security officer of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Major Md. Hussain Imam (Retd.) breathed his last this afternoon at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka.
BCB expressed deep sadness at his demise. According to BCB statement, he suffered a cardiac arrest. He was 61 at the time of his passing.
Major Imam had joined the BCB in 2013 as the board’s security head. He had supervised and coordinated the BCB’s security operations and protocol at numerous domestic and international events including the ICC World T20 in 2014, the ICC Under 19 World Cup and the ACC Asia Cup in 2016.
He had also performed the role of the Bangladesh national cricket team’s security officer during the tour of Ireland in 2019 and the tour of Pakistan 2020. He was responsible for the BCB’s security management system at all its venues.
“Major Imam was a humble, dedicated and hard-working person. His positive handling of security issues, especially the challenging ones, will be remembered always. Our prayers are with his family,” BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said in a message.
All members of the support staff and officials of the national cricket team have tested negative for Covid-19, a source from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed.
Earlier, cricketer Saif Hassan and trainer Nicholas Lee tested positive. Both of them were advised to isolate for two weeks.
National team officials includes manager of cricket operation Sabbir Khan, senior media manager Rabeed Imam, chief physician Debashis Chowdhury, physician Monzur Hossain, medical assistant Nurul Islam and traiing and gym staff. All of them have been tested negative along with the support staff including three staff of indoor facilities, massage men and team boys.
BCB is trying to ensure that none of its employees are affected with the deadly virus. Earlier, during the individual training programme of the cricketers, a member of support staff showed Covid-19 symptoms. As a result, BCB halted the programme for five days. However, the individual training programme resumed on Wednesday.
The medical team of BCB has created a special protocol to keep the players and support staff safe from the virus. As per the protocol, every player and every member of support staff has to obey the special rules.
Bangladesh team is now gearing up for their first three-match Test series in six years, which will take place in Sri Lanka from October 24. Mominul Islam-led Bangladesh team will fly for Sri Lanka later this month. Before that, Tigers will have a residential training camp in Dhaka. After reaching Sri Lanka, Tigers will have a longer training camp in Colombo.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, at least 14 international fixtures of Bangladesh have been postponed. Of them, only the series against Sri Lanka is rescheduled which was initially scheduled to take place in July-August instead of the new schedule in October-November.
The other series which has also been postponed are home series against Australia, away series against New Zealand and Ireland and one Test and ODI against Pakistan. BCB hopes all of these matches will take place in the coming month.
“We are in regular contact with the boards of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland. We will surely play the games which have been postponed due to the Covid-19. But it will take time. A team like Australia will be very busy in the coming months. So it will be tough to get their schedule. But still, we are trying our best to make sure that we play those games,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the CEO of BCB, had earlier said to the media.
Bangladesh leg-spinner Aminul Islam Biplob said he is eager to play red-ball cricket for the Tigers.
The bowler earned his international cap playing for Bangladesh in T20Is. He was a surprise inclusion to the team as a leg-spinner.
After the lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19, Aminul started individual training recently. He did his drill at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday. After the practice, he talked to the media and expressed his desire to play longer version cricket for Bangladesh.
“Every cricketer has the ultimate goal to play red-ball cricket at the international level. I am also not different. If I get a chance in future, I will surely try my best to establish as an effective red-ball cricketer,” Aminul told the media.
Aminul is yet to prove his mettle as a bowler despite playing seven T20Is for the Tigers. He is even yet to prove his efficiency in First-class cricket as well. In National Cricket League 2019, he was inducted to First-class cricket and till the date, he played just a single game in the format and bagged a wicket.
“I had nothing to do during the lockdown (since there was no competition). I just tried to be fit. I ran in the treadmill and some drill to take care of my fitness. Along with these, I used to see video footage of my own bowling. There was nothing to do,” he added.
“As a bowler, I come to know my strength and weakness when I bowl to the batsmen. I had no chance to bowl to a batsman during the lockdown. I got this chance in the ongoing training programme which is really great for me. I started bowling practice with leg-spin. Now, I will add variation in coming days in my practice,” Aminul further told the media through a video message.
Aminul got his T20I cap against Zimbabwe in September 2019. Since then, he played a total of seven T20Is and scalped 10 wickets with the best figures of taking three wickets conceding 34 runs against Zimbabwe earlier this year.
The 20-year-old bower took two wickets when Bangladesh earner their maiden T20I victory over India last year in Delhi.
Currently, Bangladesh national team is preparing to tour Sri Lanka later this month for their first three-match Test series in six years. The Tigers will fly for the island nation on September 27 and the series will take place from October 24.
Bangladesh national team opener Saif Hassan has been tested positive for Covid-19, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed it on Tuesday.
His test samples were collected on Monday along with 24 individuals, including 17 players in Dhaka.
The test reports confirmed that Saif and BCB’s head of Physical Performance Nicholas Lee has also been tested positive.
As they had no visible symptoms leading up to the sample collection, the BCB’s medical team has advised Saif and Lee to go into self-isolation immediately in accordance with the Covid-19 management protocol until they undergo another test.
BCB informed that Nicholas Lee had earlier been tested positive on August 14 in Dubai, UAE. After 10-day isolation, he had been tested negative on August 23. After arriving in Dhaka, Lee completed his 14-day isolation as well.
BCB’s Sports physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury said, “Our consultant for COVID-19 is reviewing Lee’s case to determine whether it is a new or previous infection before advising on the management plan.”
The national team is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka later this month for a three-match Test series which will take place on October 24.
Before that, BCB is trying to make sure everyone of the national team is free from Covid-19 infection.
Before flying for Sri Lanka, cricketers and support staff will undergo a total of four Covid-19 tests, Debashish Chowdhury confirmed earlier.
The national team members were busy with individual training programmes for a month before BCB halted it after a member of support staff was detected positive for Covid-19.
However, the individual training programme is set to continue from September 9.
Members of Bangladesh national cricket team are undergoing a Covid-19 test. They will have to undergo this test thrice more ahead of the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka which will commence on October 24.
Under the supervision of BCB, specialist teams are collecting samples from the home of the cricketers. Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad Soumya Sarkar and Mustafizur Rahman shared some pictures of them on the social media while providing the sample.
“We want to make sure that every member of the Bangladesh cricket team is safe from Covid-19. And, this is why we decided to conduct four tests before they fly for Sri Lanka,” Debashis Chowdhy, the chief physician of BCB, told the media.
“The other three tests will be held on September 18, 21 and 24 with the final test will be held 72 hours before they take the flight to Sri Lanka so that we can ensure Sri Lanka that none of our cricketers is suffering from the deadly virus,” he added.
The cricketers were busy in the individual training programme for a month before the board halts the programme for a few days as some of the support staff showed symptoms of the virus. Now, the programme will resume on September 9, confirmed BCB.
Bangladesh played their last international match back in March this year against Zimbabwe in Dhaka. Since then, Tigers were stuck at home for months due to the Covid-19 situation in the country. However, BCB allowed them to take part in an individual training programme right before Eid-ul-Adha.
Due to the Covid-19 situation around the globe, at least four series of Bangladesh have been postponed with the series against Sri Lanka which was initially slated to be played in July-August, but both the board agreed upon rescheduling in October-November.