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Shakib, Mustafiz to return to country on special arrangements

May 05, 2021 00:00:00

Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman who played the Indian Premier League (IPL) for different franchisees will return to the country through special arrangement, reports BSS.

They will come back to the country as early as possible as the IPL was postponed for indefinite time following the upsurge of Covid-19 count.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the foreign recruits of IPL will leave India for their respective countries by the arrangement of the IPL authority.

Bangladesh had temporarily closed the border with India due to the surge of Covid-19 cases in the neighbouring country and also the flights with India remained suspended.

"We have been in constant touch with the IPL authority after the tournament was postponed. Since Shakib and Mustafizur are the foreign recruits, the IPL authority will make special arrangements to send them to Bangladesh," Chowdhury told the news agency in the city on Tuesday.

"We believe the arrangement will be made soon and they will come back to the country as early as it is possible."

Both Shakib and Mustafizur are the part of the preliminary squad that was announced for a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at home later this month.

But as per the latest directive of the government, people coming from India, South Africa and some other countries would have to be in strict quarantine. Earlier in the same cases, the government's health department relaxed the quarantine issue for the players and foreign coaches.

But with the country countering a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the BCB is in a worried state. The BCB however had already sent a letter to the health department to know as to how they would deal with the matter of Shakib and Mustafizur.

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