Three delegates, sent by the New Zealand Cricket (NZC), arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday to assess the conditions and the bio-secure bubble arrangements ahead of the Kiwis’ tour of Bangladesh for a five-match T20I series next month.
“A three-member team has reached Dhaka today [Tuesday]. They will now be in three-day room quarantine and then get to work,” informed Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) chief physician Debashish Chowdhury today.
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“The inspection work is not easy because we have not placed the bio-secure bubble at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yet. There are a number of people coming to the stadium every day. So it is a bit risky to get them [New Zealand delegates] to visit and inspect the venue. We will discuss and try to find a way to do this,” Debashish added.
The New Zealand cricket inspection team is comprised of team manager Mike Sandle, Covid-19 specialist Andrew Love and a security manager.
NZC had requested the BCB to provide Covid-19 safety protocol similar to what was in place for the Australian cricket team’s visit earlier this month.
BCB had earlier informed the board is making an effort to create a similar environment for the New Zealand cricket team.
The New Zealand contingent is scheduled to reach Dhaka on August 24 for the five-match series, scheduled to begin on September 5. Two Kiwi players in Finn Allen and Colin de Grandhomme will, however, arrive in Dhaka four days prior to the arrival of their team from England where they are currently playing The Hundred tournament.