Habibul sees extra time as opportunity

Sports Correspondent

6th March, 2021 09:50:15 printer

Habibul sees extra time as opportunity

Bangladesh selector Habibul Bashar was optimistic that their cricketers would do well in New Zealand considering they have got plenty of time to adjust to the condition.
 
“Adapting to the condition is our major focus and we are doing it quite well in this regard as it is one of our prime priorities to adjust with the foreign condition,” Habibul said on Saturday.
 
“The wicket I’m seeing right now looks like a typical New Zealand wicket. I feel we will be able to capitalise fully upon how we had prepared ourselves as we are scheduled to practice for a couple of days in Queenstown.
 
“The wicket doesn’t seem to change a lot but the condition is totally different than what we have back at home. Dunedin should be a bit cooler than here. We will try our best to capitalise on the advantage of us coming here early,” he added.
 
Bangladesh team earlier reached New Zealand on February 24 and started their 14-day quarantine at Christchurch's Chateau on the Park, a government authorised quarantine centre.
 
Bangladesh cricketers started their practice in seven-member groups after completing successful seven-day quarantine (including three-day room quarantine) and getting negative results in the three corona tests that they have undergone so far.
 
The visitors are expected to start full-fledged training after completing the 14-day quarantine.
 
Habibul said the cricketers are happy to go in groups for practice after completing seven days quarantine but added that they are waiting to complete the 14-day quarantine as that would allow them to move without any restriction.
 
“The cricketers are happy that they are not sitting idle but utilising the time,” said Habibul.
 
“In their free time, they are trying to do the physical work and doing as much as possible within the stipulated time frame when they are allowed to go to the field.
 
“The time was difficult in the bubble but once the fourteen-day period will be completed we can roam anywhere we want in the region and we hope to enjoy the time and the boys are looking forward to it.
 
“The boys have realised that they need to do the hard work for the first fourteen days but then they are free from the bubble and they are taking the whole process positively,” he added.
 
The three ODIs will take place on March 20, 23 and 26 in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington respectively while the three T20Is will be played on March 28, 30 and April 1 in Hamilton, Napier and Auckland respectively.


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