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Herath joins practice camp in NZ

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  • 27 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Herath joins practice camp in NZ

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Bangladesh spin bowling coach Rangana Herath said on Sunday that he is happy to be back to business after completing difficult two weeks due to quarantine.

Herath tested positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand on their arrival while nine members of the Test squad comprising players and support staff were asked to undergo extended quarantine as they were in close contact with a COVID-positive patient who was flying with them from Malaysia to New Zealand.

Bangladesh tour came into doubt after the team was sent to quarantine again but eventually everything was put in place after the visitors were allowed to take part in practice after all the members were found corona negative on December 21.

The Sri Lankan joined the touring part on Sunday after completing a 14-day quarantine following his corona.

“MIQ (Managed Isolation and Quarantine) facilities released me today and now I am so happy to be back with the team. At the same time, I had a kind of difficult two weeks with that (quarantine) but I am so glad to be back to work and looking forward to the tour. I must thank BCB and New Zealand healthcare as they looked after me very well,” Herath said on Sunday.

Bangladesh team are currently in Tauranga for the last phase of their preparation and due to quarantine though they missed a two-day intra-squad match scheduled on December 22-23 but they will play a two-day game against the New Zealand XI on December 28-29.

The opening Test is scheduled to be played at the Bay Oval in Tauranga starting on January 1 while the second Test will be played from January 9 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.