BAN vs SL: Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud tests positive for Covid-19 ahead of 1st ODI – In a big blow for Bangladesh, Team Director Khaled Mahmud has tested positive for COVID-19 just a day before the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. The former Bangladesh captain is currently isolating at home.
Khaled Mahmud, 49, was the Team Director on the tour to Sri Lanka and was expected to continue the role during the ODI series at home, beginning Sunday. As for his personal assignments, he is a coach in the Dhaka Premier League which will begin on May 31.
BAN vs SL: Khaled Mahmud had tested negative twice after his return from the Sri Lanka tour and was with the Bangladesh squad. Bangladesh began training on May 18 after the Eid break but he did not join the team, according to a board official.
The BCB has prepared a biosecure bubble for the three-match ODI series which will take place in Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Sri Lanka players underwent quarantine for three days after their arrival in Bangladesh on May 16, while the Bangladesh team that arrived from Sri Lanka also had a three-day home quarantine. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman, who featured in IPL 2021, were in hotel isolation for 11 days.
“Mahmud tested positive and is in isolation at his home. We don’t need to appoint another team leader director as we are playing Sri Lanka at home. It is easy for the board to monitor the team. So there should not be any problem regarding the role of the team leader,” BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan told the local media on Saturday.
Khaled Mahmud was a medium-pace bowler and middle-order batsman, he played international cricket for Bangladesh from 1998 to 2006, captaining the team from 2003 to 2004. He played 12 Tests and 77 ODIs. He picked up 13 wickets in Tests and 67 in ODIs. He started his role as Technical Director of the Bangladesh National Cricket Team before the tri-series 2018, where Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are participants.
Meanwhile, the first ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be played on May 23 at Shere Bangla National Stadium.