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11:42 AM, February 28, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:47 AM, February 28, 2021

'Felt like I was in a jail'

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz has said he felt frustrated to stay inside the hotel room completely in the first three days of their New Zealand stay, but now that they are being allowed half-an-hour out each day, things are getting a little better.

The 23-year-old said it felt like he was in a jail initially, but he hopes things will be close to normal when they start group gym session within a couple of days.

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Bangladesh team reached Christchurch on Wednesday and every member of the squad tested negative in the first Covid test. 

"This is the first time I've spent five days inside a hotel. So you can guess how it feels like," Miraz told BCB in a recorded video message.

"Time wasn't moving initially. The first three days we couldn't meet anyone, just had conversations over phone. It felt like I was in a jail. Felt a little frustrated to be honest," said the all-rounder, who will be looking to make a mark in the three ODIs and three T20s in New Zealand starting from March 20, after making a sort of reurgence in his career through the recent series against the West Indies.

The Khulna-born player said even though the first few days were difficult, he was looking towards the end of the week when he gets to train with his teammates.

After completing two further rounds of tests, the Tigers are expected to practise in small groups from the eighth day.

"We are being allowed half-an-hour outside the hotel each day after the first three days. This helps us feel fresh and enjoy the weather and environment. Once we start doing group gym session, we will feel even better," Miraz said.

After completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, the visitors will be allowed to mix with locals and roam freely around the country.


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