All the members of the Bangladesh national cricket team have tested negative for Covid-19 before flying for the T20 World Cup, confirmed Debashis Chowdhury, the chief physician of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
The Bangladesh team is scheduled leave Dhaka for Muscat, Oman on Sunday night.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman did not take part in this Covid-19 test as they are busy in playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. They will join the national team in Oman.
To take part in the World Cup, Bangladesh will travel to Oman. After a five-day camp in Oman, Bangladesh will travel to the UAE on October 9 to play two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland. They will return to Oman on October 15. In the first round of the World Cup, Bangladesh will take on Scotland, Oman and Papua New Guinea on October 17, 19 and 21.
If Bangladesh can end up as the champion of Group B in the first round, they will join Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and A 1 in Group 2 in Super 12s.
All the matches of Super 12s will take place in the UAE. BCB had announced the squad for the World Cup on September 9. Mahmudullah Riyad will lead the Tigers in the T20 World Cup.
The team, however, will miss the service of Tamim Iqbal. The ace opener opted not to take part in the World Cup as he lacks enough match time due to a knee injury.
Bangladesh includes seven members who are set to play their first World Cup.
Bangladesh squad: Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed Saifuddin, Shamim Hossain and Soumya Sarkar.
Additional with the team: Rubel Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob.