Bangladesh and New Zealand will face each other in a two-Test match series beginning on January 1st. The Bangladeshi squad has landed in New Zealand, and the Tigers are having a difficult time. Shakib Al Hasan had previously requested that BCB allow him to forgo this series, and the board had granted his request. Rangana Herath, the Bangladesh spin bowling coach who traveled with the team, tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, nine Bangladeshi team members, including support personnel and players, have been asked to undertake a prolonged quarantine. BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Akram Khan verified the news.

On Wednesday, Cricbuzz cited Akram Khan as saying, “Herath is corona positive and will be in extended quarantine until he is cleared. Look, there was a corona positive on the plane, and Herath and a handful of our squad members were in constant contact with him. They’ve been told to stay in quarantine while Herath is tested positive,” he continued.

“Other members of the squad have been cleared to train as of today, despite the fact that they were unable to do so owing to rain after finishing their obligatory quarantine period. The rest (who have been asked to quarantine) will join them once they have received a corona negative result from their quarantine period.’

Bangladesh has played New Zealand in a total of 15 Test matches, but the former has yet to win against the Kiwis. Both teams will play the first Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui in the upcoming series. The second Test will begin on the 9th of January at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval.

On the 22nd and 23rd of December, Bangladesh will play an intra-squad two-day practice match. They will play another practice game against New Zealand A on the 28th and 29th of December. In addition to Shakib Al Hasan, the visiting team will be without Tamim Iqbal, who has been ruled out of the series with a thumb injury. The left-hander last appeared in a Test for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in April.