Bangladesh cricket team faced a horrific sea journey when they had traveled from Saint Lucia to Dominica, via Martinique.
The Bangladesh team has reached Dominica after a terrifying sea voyage. Most of them fell sick on the ferry. They will get only one day to recover from this before appearing in the 1st T20I against West Indies.
But for most of the cricketers, a bigger challenge was to survive the ferry journey than the West Indies tour. The ferry from Pearl Express started its journey from St Lucia at 7:00 am on Wednesday. From the very beginning, the Bangladesh cricketers were worried as they haven’t gone for a 5-6 years long sea journey before.
After the ferry sailed off, the cricketers looked chilled. They took selfies on the deck. But after a certain moment, the situation started to become worse. Rough waves started to swing the ferry with its flow. The cricketers were not habituated to the situation at all. While crossing the dolphin channel the situation got the worst and the fierce waves were felt the most. Bangladesh players started to feel motion sickness.
Everyone got completely exhausted after the journey from St Lucia to Martinique. The worst affected were pacer Shoriful Islam, wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan, and manager Nafees Iqbal. Two of them recovered after some time but the other fell sick again and vomited multiple times as well. At one point he was seen taking off his shirt for comfort.
But at an international level where players’ health is given the most priority, why didn’t the board arrange air travel instead of a ferry. This has certainly raised serious questions. Most of the Bangladesh players are not happy at all. One senior player has said it’s the players who are facing the situations, not the board. This was the worst journey for him on any international tour. The Bangladesh manager tried to contact the Bangladesh board to arrange air travel but it was impossible for them to arrange it on short notice. The players understood the situation and agreed to journey in the ferry but what they have experienced is certainly horrifying.
Hope the cricket boards will look into this matter and will be more conscious of players’ health and safety.