Bangladesh cricketers travelled to Dominica from St Lucia via a ferry, which was a first time experience for many in the team. Several members of the team fell sick,, allegedly leaving the captain seething at the organisation of the tour.
File photo of Shakib Al Hasan. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Bangladesh are set to play West Indies in the a three-match T20I series
- The tour will be a chance for Bangladesh to prepare for the T20 World Cup
- Mahmudullah will be leading the team
Fresh from their debacle in the Test format, Bangladesh have been hit by a bout of seasickness while travelling from St Lucia to Dominica, where they are scheduled to play a three-match T20I series against West Indies.
The Bangladesh team, led by Mahmudullah were travelling via the sea to reach their destination, which was a first of a kind experience for many. A joyful ried turned into a horror story for many of the team members who fell seasick due to the tides striking the boat.
“I have toured many countries, this is the first time I am experiencing something like this. None of us are used to this. Forget about playing, what will happen if one of us gets seriously ill in the ferry. This is the worst tour of my life,” a player was quoted as saying by local publication Prothom Alo.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told Bangladesh news publication, The Daily Star that they had no other option but to agree to such travel arrangements.
“We were concerned regarding the issue. But the first thing is that it is the host country that always arranges this [transportations for players from one state to another]. Still, we did show our concern about this. But the problem was that the Windies official wanted to send contingents of both sides together as it is their standard practice,” he said.
Having been massively criticised for their Test form in the recent days, Bangladesh would have hoped for a quick turnaround, however, it is now looking a little tricky.
T20I skipper Mahmudullah was allegedly not at all happy and was left seething at the organisation of the tour. He was quoted as saying by the publication, telling Nafees Iqbal, “Who should take the responsibility for this now? Only a few are able to stand and we are only halfway there.”
Iqbal however assured the captain and later media publication Prothom Alo, that the team was going to be fine, and that the doctor had reassured that the symptoms will pass away within a few hours.
Bangladesh play their first game against West Indies on 2 July, Saturday.