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Bangladesh batsman Saif Hassan tests positive for coronavirus
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Bangladesh batsman Saif Hassan tests positive for coronavirus

Bangladesh opener Saif Hassan and the team's strength and conditioning coach Nick Lee have tested positive for Covid-19, the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.

These positive results arrive after the conclusion of the first round of testing where samples were collected from 24 individuals including 17 players, in the country's capital.

Saif and Lee have been advised to immediately undergo self-isolation in line with the stringent coronavirus protocols as they currently exhibit no symptoms for the virus.

They will be allowed back into the Bangladesh cricket camp once they yield successive negative test results.

Lee had reported positive last month in Dubai but was negative in a subsequent test conducted nine days later, after spending some time in quarantine. He had even completed the mandatory two-week isolation upon arrival in Dhaka prior to Monday's test.

“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," BCB's sports physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury informed.

Saif seems to be a part of Bangladesh's Test plans as he made his debut in the format against Pakistan in February. The 21-year-old also played during the home Test against Zimbabwe, which the hosts won by a resounding margin of an innings and 106 runs.

Bangladesh are engrossed in preparations for their first international assignment since the pandemic-induced hiatus from cricket as they are set to take on Sri Lanka in a three-Test series scheduled to begin on October 24.

They are expected to fly out to the neighbouring island nation by the end of this month, providing them enough time to acclimatise to the conditions and adjust to the bio-secure bubble.