Bangladesh will be on the hunt for a famous new scalp when they face a weakened New Zealand side in a Twenty20 series starting Wednesday.
Bangladesh beat Australia 4-1 in a T20 series this month thanks to a strong bowling performance, and New Zealand expect the home side to be on the offensive again.
Another series win would be a big boost for Bangladesh ahead of the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, which kicks off in less than two months.
New Zealand is ranked third in the world and Bangladesh tenth in the T20s.
The home team have never beaten their opponents in a T20 in ten attempts. New Zealand won the only such game played in Bangladesh, by 15 points in 2013.
But since then Bangladesh has become a tough proposition at home.
An injured Australia has discovered how difficult Bangladesh’s slow bowlers can be when they crash to win in a series against them for the first time this month.
New Zealand, which has no squad members for the T20 World Cup, are ready for a similar strategy.
“We have a sense of how we think they’ll play looking at it and the recent Australian series,” said replacement coach Glenn Pocknall.
“We’re probably gearing up for a slow, low wicket like the Aussie series. We are not used to this. But if he has a little more pace and rebound, we’ll be very happy with that. “
Bangladesh, however, said they did not take the victory for granted.
Batting coach Ashwell Prince said New Zealand will also use the Australian series to prepare their counter-tactics.
“It’s a street-wise team that would plan meticulously against all the batsmen, bowlers and pitches,” he said.
“They will use every bit of information to help them. “
Bangladesh was bolstered by the return of Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das, who missed the Australian streak due to strict Covid-19 protocol.
The matches will take place behind closed doors on September 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Mahmudullah Riyad, (capitaine), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Naim Sheikh, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shamim Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Saifud, Mohammad, Islam, Taijul Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Nasum Ahmed
New Zealand Team
Tom Latham (capt), Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young
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