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POST TIME: 17 March, 2019 09:24:46 PM
BCB to host NZ U-19 team next month
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

BCB to host NZ U-19 team next month

The recent brazen terror attack that killed 49 people including three Bangladesh origin on two different mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand will not put any impact on the looming home series between hosts Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket Team and its New Zealand counterparts.

They have no problem of the overseas’ team’s security because whatever level of overseas’ teams come to Bangladesh to play bilateral series or multinational tournament, they always got the highest level of security in past and will get in future also.

They have given their proof hosting the World Cup along with Asia Cup successfully on their home soil amid the political turbulence of the country.

AEM Kawser, senior national manager of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)  Games Development made the comments to The Independent at his BCB office of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday.

As a part of a reciprocal series, New Zealand Under-19 Cricket Team are scheduled to arrive here in Bangladesh on April 10 to play a five-match youth ODI series.

The BCB arranged three reciprocal series including New Zealand for the youth Tigers for their preparation ahead of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup-2020, which will be held in South Africa, the condition is akin to England, New Zealand and Australia.

Two matches of the series are slated to take place at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet but any of it is not being held at this picturesque stadium as planting of the grasses at the stadium is being done newly.

The time it will take to grow up in the stadium for playing competitive cricket, in the meantime, the ensuing series will then be finished.

Now Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium (SKICS) in Cox’s Bazar combined with Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram will feature all the matches of the series, starting on April 16.

The remaining matches of the series will be played on April 18, 20, 24 and 26 respectively. But both the teams will play a one-off 50-over practice match on April 14 before heading into the main games of the series.

When asked any unwillingness from New Zealand after the terror attack, he said that everything is okay as they are yet to get any negative feedback from them. So they can tell, the series will be played on due course.