An action-packed day for Tigers without cricket

Sports Correspondent

14 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

An action-packed day for Tigers without cricket

Bangladesh cricketers pass a busy day while doing many fun and adventurous activities in Queenstown, New Zealand on Saturday. – Collected Photo

After a hectic few weeks in New Zealand, the Bangladesh contingent finally made out time to enjoy a day-off on Saturday.

Tigers, however, passed a busy day while doing many fun and adventurous activities in Queenstown, a city which is also known as the adventure capital of the world and it was an eventful day for them as they took a break from cricket for a day.

Since arriving in Christchurch on February 24, Bangladesh players and staff had to remain in the mandatory 14-day quarantine which they successfully completed with all members of the squad came out corona negative for four successive times.

Tigers, who travelled to Queenstown four days back, were in awe with the picturesque beauty of the city but they made sure they complete their regular job – practising hard at outdoor for the last two days, the first time in a whole group since coming to New Zealand.

On Saturday, they finally passed a relaxed day with most of the members of the squad – players, coaches and officials took part in different adventurous sports in the beautiful city.

Players like Taskin Ahmed, Naim Sheikh, Mahedi Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim along with team leader Jalal Yunus, analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, selector Habibul Bashar and several others went for an exciting Jetboat ride at Shotover Jet in Queenstown.

Taskin was not only content with one adventure ride as he performed a Bungy jump as he posted a video of his jump on his official Facebook page.

 Many other cricketers like Afif Hossain, Liton Das shared their photos on their social platform with a big smile on their faces which indicated their passing great times in the heavenly city on the earth.

“Today (Saturday) is our off-day. We did some fun activities here. We are feeling great. Hopefully, the remaining days will be as good as today (Saturday),” said Taskin.

“The 14-day quarantine was a different experience for us. We have already done two-day practice after completing it. I can say that the practice facilities and other things here are really nice,” he added.

Youngster Naim, who played 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup matches in the same city, said the condition is familiar to him.

“Actually I feel the wicket in Queenstown more comfortable than the wicket we practised in Christchurch for seven days. I am trying to enjoy the practice. I came here before so I can say that the condition here is comfortable for me,” he said.

Afif, who was a team-mate of Naim in the same tournament, looked focused on what actual purpose they have come to the amazing country.

 “I think the practice facilities we get here are helping us to take good preparations after the quarantine. Yesterday we batted at the central wicket and I think this sort of thing will help us in taking good preparations (for NZ series),” said Afif.