If a report from cricbuzz is to be believed, Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman are likely to return to Bangladesh sooner than the originally planned date of May 19. Both Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan will be featuring in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka starting May 23. They were scheduled to leave India on May 19, complete a three-day quarantine and then join the team.
However, in a recent development, travellers coming in from India and South Africa will have to serve the mandatory 14-day quarantine in Bangladesh. If that’s the case, the BCB will need special permission from the Directorate General of Health Services to avail any relaxation on that. Given the current Coronavirus situation in India, this looks highly unlikely.
“We have asked them (Shakib and Mustafizur) to let us know what is their plan for the next 15 days while we have also asked the health ministry to know what kind of quarantine protocol the two players will need to follow,”
“If the health ministry suggests that they will have to follow seven or 14 days quarantine, they will have to return earlier than scheduled from IPL. But before that, we have to know what rules will be in place for them,” he said. “We are bound by the Bangladesh Government rules, and will take decisions according to the guideline provided by the government.”
If the BCB fail to avail any relaxation, both Mustafizur and Shakib will have to leave for Bangladesh as early as this week which will be a massive setback for both Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. Rajasthan Royals have already lost plenty of overseas players and are left with just four foreign cricketers including Mustafizur Rahman, Chris Morris, David Miller and Jos Buttler. They have signed pacer Gerald Coetzee but he won’t be available anytime soon. Kolkata Knight Riders too will be concerned as looking at their batting woes, they might have planned to include Shakib in place of Narine to strengthen their batting.
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