Finn Allen tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Bangladesh.© Blackheads/Twitter
New Zealand batsman Finn Allen has tested positive for coronavirus as he prepared for a series in Bangladesh, the tourists’ national cricket board said on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, who only made his international debut this year, has been quarantined at the team hotel in Dhaka, Cricket New Zealand said. Allen was one of two members of the New Zealand squad who arrived early to prepare for the five Twenty20 games that start on September 1. He played for Birmingham Phoenix in England’s The Hundred tournament before arriving in Dhaka on August 22 with Colin De Grandmother.
BLACKCAPS batsman Finn Allen tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Bangladesh. Allen is fully vaccinated and passed all his pre-departure tests in England – before testing positive 48 hours after arriving in Dhaka. #BANvNZ https://t.co/Z1tpVZQrts
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 24, 2021
Allen is fully vaccinated and has passed all pre-departure tests in England. He tested positive 48 hours after arriving in Dhaka, the board said, and is experiencing moderate symptoms.
“It’s a real shame for Finn,” team manager Mike Sandle told the New Zealand Cricket website.
“He is currently feeling at ease and hopefully he will recover quickly, test negative and be cleared and cleared for discharge as soon as possible,” Sandle added.
No replacement has been announced. The other team members arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday.
New Zealand and Bangladesh will play their matches behind closed doors at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on September 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10.
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