BCB procured food suspected of causing mass sickness in press box

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It has been strongly claimed that the food being provided in the media facilities, sourced by Seven Hill Restaurant, is contaminated and reason behind on duty media officials in BBPL T20 falling sick

At least 25 people, including 17 journalists covering the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20, have fallen sick from food poising. 

It is suspected that contaminated food provided at media facilities of the BBPL, sourced from Seven Hill Restaurant, is the reason behind the illness of the journalists. 

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has already terminated its contract with Seven Hill Restaurant, following complaints from media officials Saturday. 

Seven Hill has been sourcing food for the media centre since the start of BBPL 2019 on December 11, and eyebrows were raised over the quality of the food almost immediately. The food, which comes in boxes from the restaurant, is prepared long before it is served for lunch and evening supper.

“I have been suffering from food poisoning since last night [Friday]. I have had a tough time, with vomiting and severe dysentery. At one point, while fainted while in the bathroom. I am not in the shape to come to the field to cover matches,” Maasranga TV Senior Sports Reporter Zahid Chowdhury said in the WhatsApp group maintained by the BCB Saturday.

Prothom Alo Sports Editor Tarek Mahmud and RisingBD Sports Reporter Yeasin Hasan also complained of food poisoning for the last two days, among others.

As the number of food poisoning incidents increased, media personnel informed BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon of the issue and BCB Media Manager Rabeed Imam visited the press box of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

“This situation is very disappointing and embarrassing. I eat the same food that is provided to the media. The situation was taken care off as soon as the complaints came in. The contract with the restaurant providing the food [Seven Hill] has been terminated. Extra measures will be put in place regariding the food that will be provided from here on,” said Rabeed.

Meanwhile, Seven Hill Restaurant Manager Shahab Uddin Ahmed Utpal confirmed that he had received the complaint from BCB.