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New Zealand skip practice game

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 16 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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New Zealand skip practice game

Bangladesh Cricket Board official said on Sunday that the touring New Zealand cricket team have cancelled the practice game ahead of the five-match T20 series against the hosts, due to corona scare.

“New Zealand will not take part in the lonely practice game due to corona scare. They have cancelled it,” a top BCB official confirmed The Daily Sun on Sunday.

“We were ready to host the practice game but they have decided otherwise so we have got nothing to do. Probably due to corona scare they don’t want to take part in it (practice game),” he said.

New Zealand will arrive in Dhaka on August 24 according to the itinerary released by the BCB while the visitors were scheduled to play a warm-up game on August 29 in BKSP before the opening game of the series on September 1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, which will host all the five-match of the series.

The five-match T20I rubber will be held on September 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10. Both Bangladesh and New Zealand will have mandatory three-day quarantine from August 24 and later will start their preparation for the series that the hosts considered as their preparation for the upcoming ICC WT20, subject to corona clearance.

It was learnt that a three-member advance team of New Zealand Cricket will arrive on August 20 to have a look at the bio-bubble protocols that will be in place for the series and later will report back to NZC about their observation.

Bangladesh can take confidence from the fact they have successfully hosted domestic and international series in the new normal environment.