After failing to achieve this month’s Asia Cup ultimate, Bangladesh is hungry to realize a much-needed enhance forward of the 50-over World Cup by beating New Zealand within the three-match ODI sequence that begins on Thursday.
Bangladesh rested a bunch of key gamers for the Asia Cup, captain Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najmul Hossain and Towhid Hridoy amongst them, as a way to hold them contemporary and injury-free, though it has nonetheless not named its squad for subsequent month’s World Cup.
New Zealand has despatched solely 5 World Cup-bound gamers to Bangladesh, stand-in skipper Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi and Will Young.
Tamim Iqbal, who stepped down as ODI captain final month, is again for Bangladesh after recovering from a again drawback. Mahmudullah, axed after the England sequence in March following poor type, additionally returns.
Liton Das, who leads the aspect in Shakib’s absence, stated: “There are many things to achieve from the series. The first thing is to win, that will be a big achievement ahead of the World Cup.
“We won’t play to show just individual brilliance. A five-wicket haul or a century doesn’t matter if the team doesn’t win.” Ferguson, but to play on Bangladesh soil, believes situations will take a look at his New Zealand crew to the restrict.
“Bangladesh is very good in home conditions and is a huge challenge here,” he stated. “It’s important for us just to focus on what’s coming up tomorrow and try to adapt as quickly as possible to the conditions. Some of us haven’t played here so we’ll have to adapt quicker.” New Zealand hasn’t gained an ODI match within the nation since 2008 and Ferguson stated the enter of former Bangladesh bowling coach Shane Jurgensen could be invaluable.
“We’re leaning on the knowledge of the guys who have been here previously and leaning on Jurgensen about how to play the game, construct our innings with the bat and try to defend it with the ball, or vice versa,” he stated.
The second and third ODIs might be held on the identical floor on September 23 and 26.
The sequence would be the final for each groups earlier than the World Cup begins in India on October 5.
Liton Das (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Zakir Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Khaled Ahmed.
Lockie Ferguson (c), Finn Allen, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Chad Bowes, Dane Cleaver, Dean Foxcroft, Kyle Jamieson, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young.