Shakib, Mustafizur reach Bangladesh

Mustafizur took the flight out from Delhi with Shakib joining him from Ahmedabad.

Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh

Mustafizur Rahman (C) and Shakib Al Hasan (R) played for Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively in the now suspensed IPL 2021.

Cricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman from Bangladesh, who were part of the Indian Premier League, reached Dhaka on a chartered flight on Thursday.

With Bangladesh enforcing ban on passenger flights from India, there were concerns on how the two players would reach home. Sources in Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders - the teams that Mustafizur and Shakib play for - confirmed to this publication that the duo left today. Mustafizur and his wife took the flight out from Delhi with Shakib joining him from Ahmedabad.

"Both the players travelled together on Thursday afternoon and we ensured that things were all fine," a source said.

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With India witnessing the second wave of COVID-19, a host of countries - including Bangladesh - have banned commercial flights from India.

 

The BCCI was in regular conversation with the High Commission and the authorities to ensure that the players reached home safe and without any hassle.

"For the BCCI, the focus is to make sure that everyone reaches home safe and we will do everything to ensure that happens," a Board official said.

"The players underwent RT-PCR tests and once the reports were negative, they were allowed to fly out," he said.

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The league was postponed a couple of days after multiple players tested positive for the virus.

Both Shakib and Mustafizur will now have to go through a 14-day institutional quarantine in Dhaka. The Bangladesh Cricket Board did try to convince the authorities so that the quarantine period could be relaxed, but that did not happen. "As per the government protocol, they will have to go through a mandatory institutional quarantine in one of the hotels in Dhaka," a source said.

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