Young Tigers set to leave for NZ tomorrow

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25 December, 2017 20:43 PM

Young Tigers set to leave for NZ tomorrow

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Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team are set to leave here early Tuesday for New Zealand to participate in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup billed for January-February next year.

A flight carrying the young Tigers will leave Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport for Dubai en route to Christchurch at 12:45am.

Saif Hassan-led Bangladesh Youth team participated in an official photo session on Monday afternoon at the home of Bangladesh Cricket -- Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, reports UNB. 

Before their departure for New Zealand, the young Tigers made their last practice session at the BCB Cricket Academy and gymnasium in Mirpur.

Earlier on Sunday, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza spent some time with the Bangladesh youngsters and briefed them on different aspects.  

The Bangladesh team will reach Christchurch from Dubai on December 27 and play three warm-up matches on January 1, 3 and 5, all against Otago Eleven at University Oval ahead of their World Cup campaign.

Considering the New Zealand condition, Bangladesh included four pacers -- Robiul Haque, Qazi Onik Islam, Rony Hossen and Hasan Mahmud -- in their squad. Coach of Bangladesh Youth team Daniel Wright will join the squad directly in New Zealand. 

Bangladesh, which were placed in the four-team Group C of the tournament, will play Namibia on January 13, Canada on January 15 and England on January 18 in the group affairs.

Bangladesh squad: Mohammed Saif Hassan (Captain), Afif Hossain Dhrubo (Vice-captain), Pinak Ghosh, Naim Sheikh, Towhid Ridoy, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mohammad Rakib, Mahidul Islam Bhuiyan Ankon, Shakil Hossain, Robiul Haque, Nayeem Hasan, Qazi Onik Islam, Roni Hossen, Hasan Mahmud and Tipu Sultan.