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Mushfiq starts preparation for NZ series

NZC rests T20 WC players for Bangladesh series

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 11 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mushfiq starts preparation for NZ series
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is seen leaving the field after completing his individual practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital on Tuesday. – TANVIN TAMIM

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim began his preparation for the upcoming home series against New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday.

Mushfiqur missed the five-match T20I series against Australia after he failed to start the 10-day mandatory quarantine in time, a prerequisite for any cricketer joining the bubble from outside.

The right-hander, who opted out of the Zimbabwe series midway to be with his sick parents, was needed to enter the bio-bubble by June 20 to be eligible for selection.

Although Bangladesh Cricket Board tried to convince Cricket Australia to reduce the quarantine period after he made himself available, the tourists didn’t agree to comply.

Mushfiqur came to the SBNS in the morning and had an extensive session in the indoor to get ready for the five-match T20I series against the Kiwis, scheduled to start on September 1 in the capital.

Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque, opener Shadman Islam along with pacer duo Kamrul Islam and Shohidul Islam also took part in the individual practice session. 

Bangladesh players, who were part of the recent-concluded Australia series, received a two-week break as they are expected to be in bio-bubble again from August 24 for New Zealand series.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Cricket on Monday announced a 15-member squad for their upcoming series against Bangladesh where they didn’t keep any player from their ICC World T20 squad.

Tom Latham will lead the Kiwis in the series as well as their series against Pakistan after the Bangladesh tour while they will also have a different coaching set-up for both the tours.

Regular skipper Kane Williamson will lead the Kiwis in the World T20 as well as their series against India as they named a different 16-member on the same day.

“The need to safeguard the well-being of our players and support staff is now very real, and we’ve endeavoured to do this by carefully managing their workloads over this winter’s massive playing programme,” NZC Chief Executive David White said.

New Zealand will arrive in Dhaka on August 24 according to the itinerary released by BCB and both teams will start their three-day mandatory room quarantine in the team hotel from the same day.

The visitors will play a warm-up game on August 29 at the BKSP before they play the five T20I matches on September 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10 respectively at the SBNS.

New Zealand squad: Tom Latham (capt), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner and Will Young.

Coaching Staff: Glenn Pocknall, Graeme Aldridge and Thilan

Samaraweera.

New Zealand squad for World T20: Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee.