7.3 quake jolts NZ; Bangladesh squad marks safe
New Zealand was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in early hours of Friday (March 5). Bangladesh team, who are currently staying there, are deemed safe.
The epicentre of the earthquake was in the eastern side of Northern Island. A tsunami warning was announced but that was later withdrawn.
The Tigers are in Christchurch, where they maintained three-day isolation. While some of the players were rocked by the quake, BCB director Akram Khan said the players are safe.
“I made a call after the earthquake. It was midnight in New Zealand, so everyone was in sleep. They all are safe,” he said.
Members of Bangladesh remained calm at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Christchurch.
Australia men’s team and England women’s team are also touring New Zealand, both staying in Wellington for respective T20I fixtures on Friday.
Bangladesh will play three ODIs and three T20Is starting from March 20. The touring group was cleared to have training sessions after everyone returned COVID negative thrice. They will continue practice sessions in four groups.
Memories in New Zealand do not really bring happy moments, be it on the field or off. In 2019, Bangladesh team nearly escaped an unfortunate shooting at a Christchurch mosque which resulted in cancellation of the third Test.
Bangladesh have never beaten New Zealand in New Zealand. This will be another opportunity for them to break the streak.