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Tigers depart after day-long drama

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 3rd October, 2021 10:13:04 PM
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Tigers depart after day-long drama
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Bangladesh national cricket team left for Oman on Sunday after a day-long drama to take part in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to start on October 17 in Muskat.

The Tigers, who were scheduled to depart from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:45pm, left at the same time but before that, they witnessed a series of drama during the whole day.

Bangladesh’s flight to Oman for a week-long preparation camp ahead of the global meet came under serious doubt in the morning after all flights arriving and departing at Muscat International Airport were cancelled and rescheduled due to Cyclone Shaheen.

The Oman Airport authority later in the day resumed some flights and it prompted the Bangladesh Cricket Board to send the members of the touring contingent to the airport in Dhaka in the evening.

When the touring members reached the airport, they were informed that the flight was again cancelled and it made them start for their respective homes again.

However, they were soon told to head back to the airport as the flight was reinstated and the team survived a huge scare preparation-wise ahead of the T20 World Cup.

“I think we have a great chance in the World Cup if we play good cricket and remain consistent in the event. If we can replicate what we did in the last few series, I hope that we can achieve good results,” Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah said at the airport.

“We need to go ahead step by step from the qualifying round matches. If you qualify for the main event, we will try to win as many matches as we can,” he added.

Earlier in the morning, BCB Chief Physician Debashish Chowdhury confirmed to The Daily Sun that all members of the team came out Covid-19 negative during their test on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the foreign coaching staff of Bangladesh remained stuck in Dubai, UAE as they failed to catch a flight for Oman due to the same reason.

Opener Liton Das and his wife already reached Oman on September 30.

Star cricketers- Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman, who are currently in the UAE for the ongoing IPL, will join the Bangladesh contingent later.

Bangladesh will do room quarantine on Monday before they complete four-day practice sessions in Muskat.

The Tigers will then travel to the UAE on October 9 and will be in quarantine until the next day.

Bangladesh will take part in two scheduled warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland on October 12 and 14 in Abu Dhabi before they again fly to Oman on October 15 to feature in the qualifying event of the tournament.

The Tigers will take on Scotland in their first qualifying match on October 17 before they take on Oman and PNG respectively on October 19 and 21.