Bangladesh cricket team left for Tauranga in Mount Manganui on Saturday (December 25) after a three-day training camp at Lincoln. The Bangladesh fleet flew from Christchurch to the venue of the first Test on a chartered plane.
The Tigers are scheduled to play a warm-up match against the New Zealand XI before the start of the first Test at Mount Manganui. The two-day warm-up match will start on December 26 at Bay Oval. The red-green representatives will then face the Kiwis in the first Test from January 1. Second Test in Christchurch, 9 January.
Mominul Haque’s team started training last Tuesday after 11 days of quarantine. The three-day high-intensity practice took place at Lincoln’s University Oval. Where extra importance is given to batting. The batsmen of the team are trying to adapt to the conditions of New Zealand. The first Test will be in Tauranga, the team has gone there from Christchurch on this occasion. The cricketers will get a few more practice sessions before going on the field in the first match.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has given a 13-member squad even though Bangladesh has not yet announced the squad ahead of the two matches. On 22 December, the Kiwi camp announced the leadership of Tom Latham. Regular captain Ken Williamson is not playing in the series due to injury. He has been out of action for two months with an elbow injury. The team may not get him even in the limited overs series in Australia. However, the captain can return after a break in the Test series against South Africa.
The Kiwis have given a pace dependent team to face Bangladesh on home soil. The team includes Tim Southee, Trent Bolt, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson. There is no specialist spinner. Ajaz Patel, who took 10 wickets in an innings against India, is also out of the squad, along with Rachin Rabindra and Daryl Mitchell. Devon Conway has also been included in the team.
Announcing the squad, New Zealand coach Gary Steed said the series was on home soil and it was something great for us. We are very successful in our field. “The bad news for us is why Williamson is missing,” Stead added. We knew this while we were in India. She is currently in rehabilitation for a period of time. But I have full confidence in Tom. He gives great leadership to the team. He has shown great skill even before he was called.
New Zealand Test squad
Tom Latham (captain), Tom Blandell, Trent Bolt, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nichols, Rachin Rabindra, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and Will Young.