New Zealand tour has become a synonym of frustration for the Bangladesh cricket team. They never managed to beat the hosts on their own soil before. Since 2001, the Tigers have lost all the nine Tests, 13 ODIs, and four T20Is they played in New Zealand.
Before leaving for New Zealand, ODI captain Tamim Iqbal said it was difficult but not impossible to win there. Mohammad Mithun had said on Wednesday that if they can survive the new ball challenge, something good may happen. This time, all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin said that they want to return to the country with something from the New Zealand tour.
Bangladesh team has completed seven days of isolation under strict rules. Cricketers have started gym from Wednesday as everyone was negative in the third round of corona test. TThe team started practicing on the field in several groups from Thursday.
The Tigers have finally come out of the 'cage', naturally, they are breathing a sigh of relief. Back on the field on Thursday, everyone seemed more energetic. Saifuddin's eyes are already on the matches. The young all-rounder has already realized that they need to win something this time.
"There will definitely be expectations because we are a much better team in ODIs. If we can play well, if the day is ours, then, of course, the result will speak for us. There is also T20s, since our achievement is absolutely zero here, we will try to take something from this series," Saifuddin said after training at Lincoln Green in Christchurch on Thursday
Saifuddin has played three ODIs against New Zealand, all of them in New Zealand. He has a good idea about the conditions and weather there. The other cricketers in the team also know how difficult it can be to face this condition. For this reason, Bangladesh has started practicing according to the conditions as soon as they got the opportunity.
The team started with fielding on Thursday. Later they began batting and bowling practice.
'In practice today, we worked first on fielding and worked with short and high catches. We know it's a matter of weather and wind and we have to adapt with it."
The series will begin on 20 March at Dunedin with the first of three ODIs with the second one happening on 23rd March at Christchurch, a day-nighter.
And finally, the third match will be in Wellington on 26 March.
The three T20Is will happen on 28 and 30 March and 1 April at Napier, Auckland, and Hamilton respectively.