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Tamim eyeing practice at Christchurch

The Tigers are looking forward to starting outdoor practice at Christchurch ahead of the three-match ODI and three-match T20 series against the hosts from March 20.

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal said this through a video message sent to the media by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday.

The Tigers are now maintaining an eight-day strict quarantine in the hotel. They are only allowed to come out of their rooms for 30 minutes a day.

Tamim said, "It is tough for us to stay in a single room for a week. However, it is necessary to maintain it considering the bigger health safety."

"We are all are good. However, we have to accept that maintaining a strict quarantine is important."

Once the quarantine period ends, the team will be allowed to take the field for practice. Before that, all the members of the Bangladesh team including support staff will have to undergo a Covid-19 test.

Those who will return negative will be allowed to take part in team practice sessions.

"The first one or two practice sessions might be difficult for us as we are going to take the field after a break. I think the scenario will change after a few sessions. If everything goes fine, we can hit the gym from the day after tomorrow," Tamim said.

This series will be Tamim's first foreign tour as a full-time captain. He had earlier toured Sri Lanka as a stand-in captain for a three-match ODI series, but the Tigers lost all three games against the Lankans.

"We can do well. If we can perform according to our plan, we will have a good chance to win against any team. This is what we believe as a team," Tamim said.

He added: "We have been passing almost 23 hours a day in a single room, watching TV shows and movies on the OTT platforms. However, the authority has installed a fitness-bike in each room so that the cricketers can work on their fitness."

The first ODI of New Zealand tour will take place on March 20 in Dunedin at the University of Otago Oval and the second one will be played at the same venue on March 23.

And the last ODI will take place on March 26 in Wellington's Basin Reserve. The first and last ODI will kick off at 4am and the second one at 7am (Bangladesh time).

The three-match T20 series will be played on March 28, 30 and April 1 in Hamilton's Seddon Park, Napier's McLean Park, and Auckland's Eden Park. The first match will start at 7am and the last two at 12pm.

Tamim Iqbal will lead Bangladesh in the ODIs while Mahmudullah Riyad will play the same role in T20s.

Bangladesh played 35 ODIs and seven T20s against New Zealand and won 10 ODIs.

However, none of the victories came for Bangladesh in New Zealand. The Tigers are yet to win a T20 international against the Blackcaps.

Source: United News of Bangladesh