Athletic

Coronavirus vaccination: Bangladesh national cricketers receive first shots

A group of Bangladesh’s national team cricketers, led by ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, received their first coronavirus vaccine shots at Dhaka’s Kurmitola General Hospital on Thursday.

Along with Tamim, Taskin Ahmed, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar also got the first doses. They will receive their next jabs after a month.

Tamim said inoculation is important considering the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s important for all of us to receive the vaccine,” the skipper said after taking his first jab with his wife. “I’d like to thank everyone involved in the process.”

Bangladesh has recently played a three-match ODI series and two Tests against West Indies. They won the ODI series but lost the Tests.

Now, the Tigers are waiting to tour New Zealand later this month. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) plans to inoculate players who are willing to take the vaccine.

“The experience of taking the vaccine is really good. As far as I know, my family members and friends who took the vaccine after registering have also enjoyed good service. The process is really easy and effective,” Tamim added.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan told the media that other members of the national team will take the vaccine in coming days. Along with them, the coaching staff will also be vaccinated soon.