“ After one member became positive, we were locked in a room for almost five to six days ”

Four players, two support staff and a bus cleaner tested positive for Covid-19, which led the BCCI to suspend the league indefinitely.

Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo by Action Foto Sport / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Living in a big bubble is taxing both physically and mentally. Bangladesh’s decorated fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been living in a bio-bubble for some time now. As of March, the pacemaker was in international service as he traveled with the Bangladesh team for the Bangladesh tour of New Zealand.

The same was followed by Rahman entering another bio bubble as he arrived in India for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The speedster played his trade for Rajasthan Royals in the now suspended T20 extravagance. The Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) postponed the tournament after it was reported a possible breach in the bubble.

Four players, two support staff and a bus cleaner tested positive for Covid-19, which led the BCCI to suspend the league indefinitely. Adding to the misery, two other players and a member of the coaching staff contracted the virus after the suspension.

After the league postponed, Mustafizur, along with his Bangaladesh teammate Shakib Al Hasan, left India and traveled to their home country on a chartered plane. Shakib was part of the double champion Calcutta knight horsemen in the tournament.

We were locked in a room for almost five to six days: Mustafizur Rahman

Despite traveling on a chartered plane, Shakib and Rahman are currently serving a mandatory quarantine period in Bangladesh. Speaking about the challenges posed by organic bubbles, Mustafizur Rahman said Cricbuzz, “It’s very tiring (living continuously in the bio-bubble) and it becomes difficult day by day. Hotel room and venue… how long can you enjoy the same routine?

“It’s the same (COVID-19 protocols) whether it’s international cricket or IPL and it’s tough for everyone. But there is nothing I can do. I was in a bio-secure bubble in India and am now doing quarantine here. We did not travel like the other passengers.

Rahman further revealed that a BCCI learned that one player had tested positive, all other players had been asked to quarantine themselves in their hotel rooms for their safety. “After a member of a team tested positive, we were locked in a room for almost five to six days. Later, we arrived on the plane that had been rented to us, ”he added.

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