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BCB, NZC positive about T20 series despite Covid threat

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 19 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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BCB, NZC positive about T20 series despite Covid threat
Bangladesh national team head coach Russell Domingo (left) shows a batting technique to wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das during a training session at the National Cricket Academy indoor in Dhaka on Wednesday. – Tanvin Tamim

A Bangladesh Cricket Board official on Wednesday said that they are very much optimistic regarding hosting New Zealand next month despite the touring team’s government calling a countrywide lockdown.

“The series is very much on. I spoke to the CEO of NZC and there is no kind of uncertainty regarding the upcoming home series against Kiwis,” BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told The Daily Sun.

The New Zealand government earlier on Tuesday announced a snap lockdown after a man tested positive for Covid-19, the first case in the country in six months while the number of positive cases is increasing rapidly.

The case was detected in Auckland, which will be in lockdown for a week, while the rest of the country will be in lockdown for three days.

Authorities say they are working on the assumption that the new case was the Delta variant.

Meanwhile, NZC’s public affairs manager Richard Boock said the shift to Covid-19 alert level 4 in Auckland wasn’t expected to affect their travel plans.

“We still have some matters to work through but we’re confident we’ll be able to arrange for the players to depart as scheduled,” Boock was quoted in stuff.co.nz.

“Regarding Covid-19, our players will be vaccinated and adhering to best-practice health protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing and operating within bio-secure bubbles. Once in Bangladesh, they will be flying into, and out of Pakistan on charter flights.”

Two out of three Advance team members of New Zealand Cricket earlier arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday to have a look at the bio-bubble arrangements of BCB for the upcoming five-match T20I series, scheduled to start on September 1 in the capital.

The other member of the Advance team will arrive on Thursday.

Two members of the New Zealand T20 squad - Finn Allen and Colin de Grandhomme - will arrive in Dhaka on August 20 from England while the remaining squad is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on August 24 from New Zealand.