Bangladesh tour to New Zealand 2019 [Preview]
Bangladesh is scheduled to tour New Zealand in the month of February to play three ODIs followed by three Test matches. Mashrafe Mortaza will lead the side for the one-day leg of the tour while Shakib Al Hasan will take over for Bangladesh in the Test arena. In their previous trip to New Zealand in 2016, they were comfortably brushed aside in the one-day series.
On other hand, New Zealand will be keen to get back to winning ways after losing the one-day series to India played earlier this month.
Bangladesh ODI Captain Mashrafe Mortaza will be hoping that the side can put in much improved performance against New Zealand. Shakib Al Hasan will be deputy to Mashrafe Mortaza for the three-match one-day series.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan are three premier players in the batting department. The trio will need to deliver for Bangladesh to do well in the three-match one-day series. Liton Das also has tasted reasonable amount of the experience at the top of the innings for Bangladesh.
Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman are experienced players that will need to contribute with the bat for the side. Mithun has done a reasonable job for the side since his comeback to limited-overs cricket.
Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mehedi Hasan can provide value with bat and ball. In the pace department, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mohammad Saifuddin are three premier options in the squad. Nayeem Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan are spinners for the three-match one-day series.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be keen to make amends after getting completely outplayed in the one-day series against India. Captain Kane Williamson will be hoping that the side can get off to decent start against Bangladesh.
Martin Guptill has been consistent performer for the side in the limited-overs cricket. He will be looking to get back to his best with the bat. The experienced opener wasn’t able to produce scores for the side against India. He will be keen to deliver runs for the side in this one-day series.
Henry Nicholls also struggled to get going during the one-day series against India. He averaged 21.00 with the bat in the five-match series. Left-hander will be keen to get back amongst the runs against Bangladesh.
Ross Taylor has been leading-run scorer for the side in limited-overs cricket since past six months. He scored 177 runs in 5 matches at an average of 44.25 against India in the recently concluded one-day series.
Tom Latham might get the job to open the innings after scoring runs with the bat against India. He scored 133 runs in 5 matches at an average of 33.25.
In the bowling department, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell and Lockie Ferguson are four seamers for the one-day series. Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle might be three spin options for the three-match series.
The opening game of the one-day series will begin from 13th February in Mclean Park, Napier. The second and third game will be played on 16th at Christchurch and 20th in Dunedin.
The culmination of three-match one-day series will see Bangladesh three-match Test series against New Zealand. The first game of the series will be played from 28th to 4th February in Seddon Park, Hamilton. The second and third Test will be played at Wellington and Christchurch.