Due to quarantine concerns, Bangladesh’s two-match Test series against New Zealand has been questioned. After Bangladesh’s spin bowling guru, Rangana Herath was found to be Covid-19 positive, the touring party was told not to practice until December 21 and was returned to quarantine. If the visitors are required to remain in quarantine beyond December 21, Cricbuzz knows that the series may be rescheduled. Both boards’ officials will meet to determine their next course of action.

President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Nazmul Hassan, convened an emergency meeting with his colleagues in Mirpur on Saturday (December 18) to resolve the problem.

“Our cricketers are psychologically and physically weary as a result of the non-stop bio-bubble,” BCB president Nazmul Hasan told reporters. “Some of our cricketers were considering returning home and abandoning the series, but that is not possible. We will sit with them if the quarantine is prolonged again beyond December 21.”

“We have informed them that playing without adequate preparation is impossible for us,” Nazmul remarked, referring to the postponement of the intra-squad two-day practice game set for December 22-23.

Apart from Herath, eight other members of the Test squad, including players and support personnel, have already been placed in isolation after having close contact with a Covid-19 positive person on their flight from Malaysia to New Zealand. After completing their statutory quarantine, the other players and staff participated in their first outdoor practice session on December 16 but were later asked to halt.

It was discovered that the positive passenger on the plane was infected with the Omicron variety, prompting the administration to request that the visitors return to MIQ (Managed Isolation and Quarantine). Aside from the intra-squad practice match, the tourists had a two-day practice match versus New Zealand A set for December 28 ahead of the two-match Test series. The first Test will take place on January 1 at the Bay Oval in Tauranga, with the second Test following on January 9 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.