Bangladesh Team participated in their first practice session today (March 4) after arriving in New Zealand on February 24. The Tigers practiced at the Lincoln Green in small groups of seven.
The Tigers were permitted to only do cycling on exercise bikes and exercises as they had to stay at the hotel rooms for the first seven days of 14-day mandatory quarantine. So far the players underwent 3 COVID-19 tests in the first week since landing and all of the came as negative results.
Allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin shared his experience following the practice session in a video message. “In practice today, first we worked on our fielding short catch and high catch. Because there’s a matter of weather and wind here and hence we practiced catching trying to adapt to the condition here. Then we did batting and bowling in short sessions. And we did a little fitness training at the end, since we haven’t been able to do too much fitness in seven days. We did running according to the trainer’s instructions. I will be trying to adjust to the condition with practice sessions like this for the rest of the days we have left.”
Bangladesh are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in the tour, starting from March 20 in Dunedin.