Tigers undergo first Covid-19 test in NZ

Sports Correspondent

26 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Tigers undergo first Covid-19 test in NZ

Bangladesh cricketers Shoriful Islam (left) and Afif Hossain are seen cycling at their individual hotel room at Christchurch Government Quarantine Center in New Zealand on Thursday. —BCB PHOTOS

The 35-member Bangladesh contingent completed their first Covid-19 test in New Zealand as they are set to play three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals, starting on March 20.

Bangladesh Cricket Board media committee chairman Jalal Yunus, who is accompanying the team as an observer, confirmed the development to The Daily Sun, adding that they are waiting for the result.

“We had all gone through the Covid-19 test yesterday but the result is yet to come,” said Jalal on Thursday.

“Today we had also given our blood samples for the antibody tests and that result is also due to come soon. Everyone is doing well while all are in quarantine. The weather has been quite cold while it was warm yesterday,” he added.

Tigers earlier reached New Zealand safely on Wednesday and now they will have to complete a 14-day quarantine, with the first seven days at their own room, at the Christchurch Government Quarantine Center.

Several national cricketers posted their room activities on their social media handle and it seemed all were busy trying to keep them fit through cycling in their rooms.

Some other cricketers were busy completing some physical drills inside their room to make sure they don’t get fat in the coming days when they are expected to stay in the room quarantine.  

BCB media manager Rabeed Imam said that though they are staying in the same hotel no one is having the opportunity to talk with other team-mates in person as they are doing room quarantine.

“In the next six days, we will have three corona tests. Once we get the negative reports of these tests we will start doing gym from the seventh day,” said Rabeed.

From the eighth day, cricketers will be allowed to take part in practice sessions in small groups compromising with five cricketers. After completing the process for the next six days (that will also mark the end of the 14-day quarantine) they are allowed to go for the full-fledged practice.

Tigers will have a five-day training camp in Queenstown following the 14-day quarantine.

The series was earlier pushed back by a week due to the ongoing challenges in the Covid-19 environment.

The three ODIs will now be held on March 20, 23 and 26 in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington respectively while the three T20Is will take place on March 28, 30 and April 1 in Hamilton, Napier and Auckland respectively.