Bangladesh not losing sleep over NZ form

Sports Correspondent

8th March, 2021 09:59:21 printer

Bangladesh not losing sleep over NZ form

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah Riyad said on Monday that rather than losing their sleep over the red-hot form of New Zealand as they need to focus on their strength and weakness.

New Zealand recently defeated Australia in the T20 series that indicates they are at the top of their game and look to be favourites against the tourists at their own den when they take on Tigers in the upcoming series comprising three ODIs and three T20s.

“We are focusing on our own strengths and weaknesses, rather than considering that how good of a form New Zealand are in right now, as they have beaten the strong Australian side in the recently completed T20I series; I feel that if we have the aggressiveness and the killer instinct in our performance, then it will give benefit us,” Mahmudullah said on Monday.

Bangladesh team earlier reached New Zealand on February 24 and started their 14-day quarantine at Christchurch’s Chateau on the Park, a government authorised quarantine centre.

Bangladesh cricketers started their practice in seven-member groups after completing successful seven-day quarantine (including three-day room quarantine) and getting negative results in the three corona tests that they have undergone so far.

The visitors are expected to start full-fledged training after completing the 14-day quarantine and according to Mahmudullah they are eagerly waiting to break free.

“We are enjoying the procedure (Covid-19 protocols) so far, and hoping to pass the final day of quarantine positively, as we are also hoping to have a negative result in the final Covid-19 test so that we can go out publicly,” said Mahmudullah adding that they are utilising their time (allotted two overs for each group) to the fullest.

“We are now able to practice, which is the most important thing for us; the facilities are wonderful, the wickets are also good, so we are having pretty good practice sessions among ourselves. We are making sure to utilise the two hours we are getting to the fullest, as we are working with our running, and the fitness and skill-based training,” he said.

Mahmudullah added that batsmen need to understand the bounce while bowlers need to bowl in the right areas to earn success against the Kiwis in their own backyard.

“I would personally like to understand the nature of the wicket and adjust to the bounce factor, as fast as possible, because the bounce is quite imminent in these wickets. So it is very important to adjust with the bounce and the speed as soon as we get to the wicket, as my batting manner lies highly with waiting for the bad ball and latch onto it, which is, in my opinion, is the basic cricket, and I think it is very important for us to maintain the basics in this tour. A positive result is highly expected if we are to do the basics comprehensively,” said Mahmudullah.

“Maintaining the proper line and length is mandatory for our bowlers, as what I feel personally and making sure of their (New Zealand) execution level, and determining their frame of mind should be the most challenging stuff for the bowlers. Straining down a little out of the length may provide an opportunity to the batsmen of a number of easy boundaries, and we need to restrain that, as we need to be able to focus on executing our bowling on a constant level, with our lines and lengths intact,” he said.

The three ODIs will take place on March 20, 23 and 26 in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington respectively while the three T20Is will be played on March 28, 30 and April 1 in Hamilton, Napier and Auckland respectively.