Bangladesh wants to vaccinate all of its cricketers in order to resume domestic matches that have been suspended for nearly a year over the coronavirus pandemic.
At least 2,000 local cricketers and staff members of the teams in various tiers will be given the jab to help re-start matches tentatively in April, Jalal Yunus, spokesman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), said on Thursday.
He also said the BCB had decided at a meeting on Wednesday to prioritise vaccination for the members of the national team, who are scheduled to tour New Zealand later in February to play three ODIs and three T20s.
Premier league, first division, second division and third division cricketers will be given the vaccine in phases, he added.
Bangladesh suspended professional cricket after coronavirus cases in March 2020.
It staged two domestic matches late last year, and the current international series against West Indies at home, under strict hygiene measures.
Bangladesh, a country of 160 million people, started vaccinating medical staff, members of the police, army and the media on Wednesday, ahead of a nationwide campaign set to begin on February 7.
Some 15 million people are to be vaccinated in six months in a first phase, according to the government.