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Bangladesh team safe in New Zealand, says BCB

  • Published at 11:01 am March 5th, 2021
Saifuddin prepares to field the ball while Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Soumya Sarkar and Nazmul Hossain Shanto await their turn during group training Thursday in Lincoln, Christchurch BCB

The players are staying in Christchurch, far from the epicentre of the earthquake

Bangladesh national cricket team players, who are on tour in New Zealand, are safe as the country was jolted by powerful quakes on Friday.

Confirming the matter, Bangladesh Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said the players felt no problem as they are staying in Christchurch, far from the epicentre of the earthquake. 

No warning was issued there as well, the CEO added.

A powerful series of undersea quakes struck north-east of New Zealand, but tsunami waves that forced many people on the country's North Island to flee to high ground passed without causing substantial damage.

Officials had warned that waves could reach 10 feet above high tide levels after the quakes - the strongest a magnitude 8.1 - but the threat passed by the afternoon, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

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A decade ago, a magnitude 6.3 quake killed 185 people in the South Island city of Christchurch.

Earlier, Bangladesh cricketers escaped a fatal mass shooting at a Christchurch mosque in March 2019. 

However, Bangladesh team practised outside for the first time in their tour of New Zealand as players took part in fielding sessions, followed by short sessions on batting-bowling and fitness sessions at Lincoln Green, Christchurch on Thursday.

The Tigers stayed inside their hotel rooms for the first seven days as part of the quarantine rules after landing in Christchurch on February 24.

Later they underwent three rounds of Covid- 19 testing and all the results came out as negative.

The first ODI between Bangladesh and hosts New Zealand will be played at University of Otago Oval, Dunedin on March 20.

The second ODI will be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on March 23 and the third will be held at Basin Reserve, Wellington on March 26.

Besides, the three-match T20 series will be played in Hamilton, Napier, and Auckland respectively on March 28, 30, and April 1.