BCB ‘will­ing to shorten’ tour­ing party

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KARACHI: Bangladesh Cricket Board is likely to send a team of 25 play­ers and 17 sup­port staff mem­bers, if the com­pro­mise be­tween the two boards on quar­an­tine is­sue is reached.

Ac­cord­ing to the highly placed sources in the BCB, the plan is to send a char­tered Sri Lankan air­lines flight with 42 pas­sen­gers from Dhaka to Colombo.

The 17-sup­port staff will in­clude two se­lec­torsMin­hajul Abe­din and Habibul Bashar, one of the di­rec­tors Jalal You­nis as team man­ager, a doc­tor, me­dia man­ager and other coach­ing staff.

In a let­ter re­ceived to the SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) board, the BCB has also sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion on Shakib ul Hasan or any other player/s, or BCB of­fi­cials are to be sent later by a com­mer­cial flight.

In case, Shakib, if at all has to be sent (by a com­mer­cial flight) for the last two Tests, when his ICC ban would end by then he may need to go for a longer quar­an­tine.

"It is not fea­si­ble to send only one player later on a char­tered flight and if Shakib does not want to un­dergo a long quar­an­tine, he may not be will­ing to go", one of the sources, said ex­clu­sively.

This quar­an­tine dis­pute is likely to be re­solved at the soon­est.

BCB is yet to an­nounce the team but likely to re­tain Mominul Haque as its Test cap­tain.

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