Saifuddin confident of breaking NZ jinx

Sports Correspondent

5 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Saifuddin confident

of breaking NZ jinx

Bangladesh cricketers are seen during a training session at the Lincoln Green in New Zealand on Thursday. –BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin expressed his optimism of ending their losing streak against the Kiwis in New Zealand in the upcoming limited-over series, which consists of three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Tigers, who have played nine Tests, 13 ODIs and four Twenty20 internationals so far against New Zealand at their own backyard, are yet to register a win over the hosts despite touring the nation quite a few times.

Bangladesh have the opportunity to change the scenario this time around and they will get six limited-over matches to notch their first win over the southwestern Pacific Ocean country.

The three ODIs are scheduled 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.

“There will surely be expectations. We are a very good side in ODI format. If we can collectively play well and make it our day of course we have the chance to do good results,” Saifuddin said on Thursday in a video message.

“We have T20Is as well. As we are yet to win any matches here, we will definitely try to win something this time around and make sure we don’t go home with empty hands,” he added.    

Bangladesh started their training at the Lincoln Green in groups of seven on Thursday and they will continue it for the next six days which will mark the end of their 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Earlier on Wednesday, the whole Bangladesh contingent tested Covid-19 negative for a third successive time and following the reports they completed their first gym session since arriving in New Zealand.

The 24-year old informed that Bangladesh team mostly focused on their fielding on the opening day of their field training while they also did batting and bowling sessions in small groups.

 “Today we focused more on fielding – short catching and high catching because there is always a matter of weather like strong air in New Zealand. So we are trying to adjust with that,” he said.

“After that, we did some batting and bowling in small sessions and at the end, we did some fitness training as we could not do fitness work much in the last few days. According to our trainer, we did running sessions as well. In the next few days, we will continue our practices to adjust with the conditions,” he added.

Saifuddin however claimed that the whole team has coped up with the new quarantine experience well despite being in the institutional quarantine for the first time during the Covid-19 situation. 

“After being in quarantine for seven days, today we start doing practice in small groups. Overall it was a good experience although it was the first time we did home quarantine to start the New Zealand series. We always try to cope up with all the situations as sportsmen and so we did here,” he said.