Tigers leave for New Zealand
Bangladesh squad has left Dhaka for New Zealand to play three ODIs and T20Is apiece.
Singapore Airlines’ flight SQ 445 is carrying Bangladesh team on an Airbus 350-800 aircraft. The plane took off from Dhaka airport at 4:59 pm and will land around four hours later at Singapore’s Changi airport.
After a transit at Changi airport, they will catch a long flight to New Zealand’s Christchurch.
Bangladesh’s players and support staff, who are vaccinated barring a few, will need to remain in isolation before they can start training session.
The series will kick off on March 20 with Dunedin hosting the first ODI, and will end on April 1 with third T20I in Auckland.
Bangladesh will be the fourth men’s team to tour New Zealand this summer. West Indies and Pakistan have already toured for multi-format series. Aaron Finch’s Australia are currently facing their Trans-Tasman rivals in a five-match T20I series.
This will be the second international series for Bangladesh since pandemic. They hosted West Indies for Test and ODI series in January-February.
Earlier, Bangladesh toured New Zealand in 2019 where a horrific ‘Christchurch attack’ forced the visitors to return home without playing the third Test.
Bangladesh squad: Tamim Iqbal (ODI captain), Mahmudullah Riyad (T20I captain), Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Soumya Sarkar, Naim Sheikh, Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021 fixtures:
Mar 20: 1st ODI, University of Otago Oval, Dunedin
Mar 23: 2nd ODI, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Mar 26: 3rd ODI, Basin Reserve, Wellington
Mar 28: 1st T20I, Seddon Park, Hamilton
Mar 30: 2nd T20I, McLean Park, Napier
Apr 1: 3rd T20I, Eden Park, Auckland