A New Zealand batsman, Finn Allen tests positive for COVID 19 after his arrival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is reported that he contracted the virus after 48 hours of arrival.
Although he was fully vaccinated and had passed all the Covid tests before his departure from England, he tested positive. He was experiencing moderate symptoms before the results turn out to be positive.
As soon as he tested positive, he was quarantined immediately in the teams’ hotel in Dhaka.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief medical officer Dr. Debashish Chowdhury, who has been in contact with the New Zealand chief medical officer, had given Finn Allen treatment. During his quarantine period, he will be looked at by the New Zealand team doctor Pat McHugh.
He will be able to join his mates to play the upcoming matches if he tests negative after his treatment.
New Zealand’s Manager, Mike Manager said: “It’s really unfortunate for Finn Allen. He’s comfortable at the moment and hopefully, he’ll recover quickly, test negative, and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as possible.”
It is said that the Bangladesh Cricket Authorities have been taking the matter seriously and providing the player a better treatment for his well-being.
Before Arriving in Dhaka, Finn has been representing Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred competition in England.
No decision is made regarding the availability of Finn for the upcoming T20 matches against Bangladesh. Neither replacement is announced yet for him. He will be only joining the team after his successful recovery.
Finn Allen, who also plays from Royal Challengers Bangalore will be unavailable for the second phase of IPL 2021 for his personal reasons. He is being replaced by Tim David, a Singaporean-Australian cricketer.
New Zealand will be playing five T20s against Bangladesh. The first match will be played on 1st September 2021.
Below is the full schedule:
First T20: 1st September 2021
Second T20: 3rd September 2021
Third T20: 5th September 2021
Fourth T20: 8th September 2021
Fifth T20: 10th September 2021
Venue: Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka.
All the matches will be played in Dhaka’s Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. The teams will be playing a practice match on 29th August 2021, before the series starts on 1st September.
New Zealand last played in Bangladesh in 2013 where they lost 3 ODIs, won T20, and drew test matches. Since then, Bangladesh has made 3 tours to NZ, losing all the games.