The cricketers heaved a sigh of relief when they heard that the team training would start. To participate in the skill camp, they started to check in at Hotel Sonargaon from September 20. But not all of the 27 cricketers called up to the squad could do so. Opener Saif Hassan had not recovered by that time from Covid-19. Two of the cricketers showing symptoms as well as eight cricketers coming in contact with them were instructed to isolate themselves.
Third round of Covid-19 testing was conducted on September 22 and the results of pacer Abu Jayed Rahi turned out to be positive. As the rest of them who were initially instructed to isolate themselves turned negative, they resumed training. The cricketers have been given a break from the bio-secure bubble for three days after extensive training for almost a week. But despite returning to Dhaka from Sylhet with great enthusiasm, Rahi had to isolate himself and did not get to practice for a single day.
Rahi has isolated himself at the academy building. He is currently doing alright, spending his time on the phone. He is keeping himself busy praying and reciting the holy Quran. He's been speaking to his family members constantly over phone.
Rahi, on Sunday, told The Business Standard (TBS), "I've been doing fine. I am in a better physical state now. I didn't experience too many problems other than temporary smell loss. I do not have fever or cold now, I didn't have them before either."
His main physical problem was the temporary smell loss. It's now getting better now. "To be honest, there is nothing much to do. My mobile phone has become my constant companion. Also, I've been praying, reciting the holy Quran and cleaning the room," he said.
"I am really disappointed," mentioned Rahi. "Training began and it ended as well. But I couldn't be there. I am still feeling disappointed. But there's nothing to do."
But Rahi is not quite taking it to be half glass empty. "The positive thing is that I had been training for two months before that. I did both bowling and fielding. I feel I am doing okay in terms of skills. Now it's all about recovering as soon as possible."
Rahi's health has been monitored by the medical team of the BCB. "I've been in touch with my family and the medical team. One of the guys has been speaking to me constantly as instructed by Dr. Debashish Chowdhury (chief physician of the BCB)."
Rahi hopes that his result will turn out negative on September 30. "Given my physical condition now, I think I'll test negative in the next round of testing on September 30," he mentioned.