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Bangladesh cricket team have left the country on Tuesday for their next white ball mission against New Zealand. Tigers have recently finished a complete series against West Indies in home soil, where they whitewashed the Caribbeans in ODI but clean swept in the Test. However, Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal hopeful to achieve the unachievable results in the tough condition of New Zealand.
Bangladesh last time visited the Kiwis in 2019, where they played three match ODI series and got hammered by the hosts. After that the red and green were supposed to play three match Test series too but a horror show hit at a Christchurch mosque by a terrorist named Brenton Tarrant, near to where the team was due to play the final Test match of their tour. All team members survived that attack by a small margin. However, New Zealand have already claimed victory in the opening two matches of the Test series.
Despite playing several series, Bangladesh still has no win against the Kiwis. This time the ODI captain wants to change that statistic. Tamim admits the condition is tough but he is optimistic.
“See, we all know that New Zealand conditions are difficult for us. But nothing is impossible. We will try to achieve something that we have never achieved in New Zealand. We are optimistic.” said Tamim before leaving the country.
Moreover, Bangladesh premium all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has recently been on the receiving end of heavy criticism for his decision to participate in the upcoming season of lucrative Indian Premier League T20 and skip Test matches for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in April to join the money-spinning extravaganza, also withdrew form this series to stay with his child-bearing wife in USA.
Bangladesh will start the series on March 20 with three match ODI series. The second ODI will be held n March 23 while the third will be played on March 26. The three-T20 series will be played in Hamilton, Napier and Auckland respectively on March 28, 30 and April 1.
Tamim Iqbal (C), Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin Hossain, Shariful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed