Bangladesh is in a state of turmoil on New Zealand soil. However, according to team director Khaled Mahmood Sujan, survival is more of a challenge than winning a match in Kiwi conditions. He said the team is looking for inspiration to do better, from the 2016 Wellington Test.
The team led by Mushfiqur Rahim declared the innings with 595 runs for the loss of 8 wickets after batting first in that match in Wellington. Tiger all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored a double century. Mushfiqur made 159 runs. Tamim Iqbal, Muminul Haque and Sabbir Rahman scored half centuries.
Despite taking the lead in the first innings, Bangladesh lost the last session of the match. The undefeated Tigers on New Zealand soil are the inspiration behind that match.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team also liked the weather on the big day. The Tigers did not practice in Tauranga on Saturday (December 25) as everything was closed.
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 December 22, the Kiwi camp announced the team led by 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 even get him 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.