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All members of Afghanistan squad test negative for Covid-19 on re-test in Sylhet

ESPNcricinfo understands that the Afghanistan camp had wanted re-tests done as they suspected false positives

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
16-Feb-2022
The Afghanistan players get into a huddle, Afghanistan vs India, T20 World Cup, Group 2, Abu Dhabi, November 3, 2021

File photo: The Afghanistan squad arrived in Bangladesh well ahead of the scheduled limited-overs series to prepare  •  ICC via Getty

The several members of Afghanistan's touring party who had tested positive for Covid-19 in Sylhet yesterday, all returned negative results when re-tested today. This was confirmed by an ACB official.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the Afghanistan camp had wanted re-tests done as they suspected false positives, and so the re-tests were conducted ahead of the completion of the 48 hours of isolation - which would have ended late today - they were asked to undergo. They will resume training for the limited-overs series against Bangladesh tomorrow in Sylhet.
The squad and support staff had arrived in Dhaka on February 12, with everyone testing negative before flying out, and left for Sylhet the following day. They have since been training in Sylhet, as they prepare for three ODIs scheduled to begin in Chattogram on February 23.
Having arrived in Bangladesh well before the series to have a training camp and acclimatise, they are currently in the country on their own terms, and will enter the BCB's bio-bubble only on February 19.
The BCB, who had extended its support to the visitors after the news of the positive tests, will heave a huge sigh of relief as the large number of cases would have forced a change in the schedule. The series is an important one for both teams, as it is part of the ICC's ODI Super League. The games are set for February 23, 25 and 28 in Chattogram, before the teams move to Dhaka for two T20Is in early March.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84