Tigers Charged up by haka in Nelson City
Published: March 3, 2015 12:26 pm
3 March 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh cricket team were treated to a unique reception by the Nelson City Council on Monday. Tiger seems to have got the hang of the haka dance, a ritual of the Maori tribe of New Zealand, during a reception organised by the Nelson City Council. The Tigers will need to evoke similar warlike spirit when they take on Scotland in a must-win game at the Saxton Oval on Thursday.
The city of Nelson is basically a tourist destination and is little known for sporting activities or any sporting icon, for that matter. Still the facilities in and around the Saxton Oval will take anyone by surprise.
The stadium is situated on 65 hectares of land and is the main sporting facility of Nelson Tasman. The stadium features five international-size netball courts, five basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, a separate purpose-built table-tennis area and Sports House; the home of many regional sports bodies.
The practice facilities outside the stadium is fantastic, which impressed Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who however found the ground too small to his liking. There was more surprise in store for the Tigers when they participated in the reception arranged by the city council.
The Maori culture and customs were showcased during the one-and-a-half-hour long programme. The Tigers loved the haka dance, a traditional dance of the Maori tribe, made popular around the world by the All Blacks, i.e. the New Zealand rugby team. The All Blacks perform the haka before every international game they play.
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe jokingly said that they might perform the dance to evoke fear in the opposition players when they take on Scotland. “We might perform the haka before the match (against Scotland). It won’t be a bad way to threaten the opposition,” Mashrafe said.