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Miraz likens NZ quarantine to being in prison

  • Published at 06:44 pm February 28th, 2021
Nasum Ahmed takes a selfie as Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Al Amin Hossain look on in Christchurch

Miraz compared the feeling of being in such quarantine to “jail”, and said it is taking a toll on their mental health

Bangladesh cricket team touring New Zealand are under immense mental struggle, informed off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz. 

Bangladesh team travelled to Christchurch last week on Tuesday and have been in strict hotel quarantine ever since. 

The tourists were kept limited to their rooms and from day four were allowed to walk in the lawn for 30 minutes in small groups. 

All the members of the Bangladeshi contingent were found Covid-19 negative in their first round of testing. 

The team will undergo two more tests within the first week.Miraz on Sunday compared the feeling of being in such quarantine to “jail”, and that it is taking a toll on their mental health.

“The first three days we were in the room. Then everyone got a chance to go out for half an hour. My head was spinning a little when I first went out (Sunday). Then after 10-15 minutes it became normal,’’ Miraz said to the media.

“I felt as if I was in the jail (like a prisoner) during the first three days and it was frustrating. But when I came out and got adjusted to the weather, felt a little better. When I returned to the room, I felt a little fresh. It doesn't feel good to be in room all day. It's actually a little uncomfortable for us spending three or four days in a room, in the same way and so when we get chances to go outside for 30 minutes, it feels good when I returned to my room,” said the 23-year old.

The team will be allowed to hit the gym and training facilities from day eight divided into five groups.

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Bangladesh will be allowed to practice as a unit on the 15th day of their arrival in New Zealand.

The cricketers at the moment are doing their physical activities in their room, like cycling and stretching.

“After six or seven days when we start to go to the gym and field, we will feel better. It is difficult to spend time now. It would be good, if we could get some gym facilities or do some work in the room now. We could spend some time by doing these as well as body would be more fit, but since there is no opportunity (three is no point grumbling),” said Miraz.

“You can understand how we are passing the days. For the first time, spent five days at a hotel like this. It was tough at first, haven't seen anyone on first three days. We spoke to each other over the phone, video call, from room to room. It was boring at first, very difficult to spent time. Now five days have passed, hopefully the remaining three days will also pass like this. It (gradual relaxing of Covid restrictions) will start after two or three days and I hope it will be better at that point.”

Bangladesh team following the two-week quarantine will have a five-day training camp in Queenstown. 

The bilateral series is scheduled to begin later this month with the three-match ODI series. 

The matches will be played on March 20, 23 and 26 in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington respectively, while the three T20s will take place on March 28, 30 and April 1 in Hamilton, Napier and Auckland respectively.

The series was earlier pushed back by a week due to the ongoing challenges in the Covid-19 environment.

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