Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has denied senior wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim to train citing safety concerns. The development has been reported after Mushfiqur Rahim and a few other members from the Bangladesh team approached the board to seek permission to resume training after the halt due to Covid-19.
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The government in Bangladesh lifted the coronavirus-enforced-lockdown on May 31. The country has reported at least 55,000 Covid-19 cases with the death toll around 746. The cricket board has started disinfecting facilities but yet to complete the same.
Bangladesh Cricket Board Chief: We told Mushfiqur Rahim it is not a safe time to train
BCB chief Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that Mushfiqur Rahim had asked for permission for personal training but he has been denied citing the safety issues. He, however, hinted that the cricketers can return to training once the disinfecting has been completed.
“Mushfiq communicated with us, he wanted to begin personal training. But we told him that this is not yet a safe time to do so, he should train at home. Training is important, but players’ safety is more important to us,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“A few other players wanted to know if they could do individual training. But our message was the same for all. We are working on disinfecting our facilities. But the job is yet to be completed.”
England cricketers, meanwhile, were the first to resume training. They have announced a 55-man squad for training for their upcoming series against the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia.