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NZ batsman Allen tests Covid-19 positive in Dhaka

  • Published at 05:36 pm August 24th, 2021
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Finn Allen

Allen is fully-vaccinated and passed all his pre-departure tests in England before testing positive 48 hours after arrival in Dhaka

New Zealand batsman Finn Allen has tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Bangladesh, revealed a press release from New Zealand Cricket Tuesday.

Allen, who participated in the just concluded Hundred competition in England, had reached Dhaka Friday along with teammate Colin de Grandhomme and were in room quarantine.

As per the NZC media release, Allen is fully-vaccinated and passed all his pre-departure tests in England before testing positive 48 hours after arrival in Dhaka.

The news of Allen testing Covid-19 positive broke on the same day when the remaining of the New Zealand team reached Dhaka and members of the hosts Bangladesh team boarded the team hotel.

Right-handed batsman Allen has been quarantined at the team’s hotel and is currently experiencing moderate symptoms.

Allen is receiving treatment from the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief medical officer Dr Debashish Chowdhury and has been in contact with NZC’s chief medical officer.

Once he has undergone treatment and the statutory period of isolation, and has tested negative for Covid-19 on consecutive days, he will be cleared to re-join his team-mates.

New Zealand team manager Mike Sandle said he was in constant contact with Allen and confident the cricketer has been receiving the best care from the Bangladesh authorities.

“It’s really unfortunate for Finn, He’s comfortable at the moment and hopefully he’ll recover quickly; test negative and be cleared and approved for discharge as soon as possible,” said Sandle.

Sandle said Allen flew from Heathrow on an Emirates flight and that team officials had notified the airline of his circumstances, as well as being in contact with his family in New Zealand.

“The Bangladesh cricket authorities have been extremely professional in their response and we’re grateful to them for that. They’re treating the matter very seriously,” the New Zealand team official added.

A decision on whether Allen will be replaced in the squad has not yet been made.

New Zealand will play a five-match T20I series against hosts Bangladesh starting September 1 at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.