Pacers look to shine in NZ

Sports Correspondent

15 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Pacers look to shine in NZ

Bangladesh cricketers are seen during a training session at Queenstown playground in New Zealand on Sunday. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh pacers Rubel Hossain and uncapped Shoriful Islam said on Sunday that they are well aware that the margin of error is very limited in the upcoming white-ball series against New Zealand.

Bangladesh got back into business after completing a day out on Saturday following hectic few weeks in New Zealand.

Tigers looked pumped up with energy in the training session after completing the day out having fun and adventurous activities in Queenstown, a city which is also known as the adventure capital of the world.

BCB decided to keep the fun intact in the practice session as well as they opted to make a conference between Rubel Hossain and Shoriful Islam where each other have the chance to ask his teammates about his plan for the series comprised of three ODI’s and three T20’s.

“I had visited New Zealand before, and from the experience, I’ve seen, that the wicket here is very sporting, good for the batsmen, as it’s also good for the bowlers if we can bowl to the right places,” Rubel said when Shoriful asked him about his experience down under.

“Obviously, I’ll try my level best, if I’m provided the opportunity, and I’d recall all my good memories with New Zealand to utilise the plans organised by the team management and give my hundred percent at it,” he said.

“I’m very confident as I believe in our capabilities, to do well in these conditions. If we can adjust with the wickets here in a quick time, and work in a planned way, with the game plan sets by the team management, then InshaAllah we can bring the best of us from within, and things can be a lot different this time around,” he added.

Shoriful feels the wicket is very good and they will be punished if they try to experiment too much.

“The wicket seems very good to bat, anything pitched up is sure to get punished, so I need to bowl with a good line and length. The preparation is going quite nicely, and yes, I’m aware of the challenge, as for New Zealand, they are playing in their backyard and they are pretty used to with the wickets, so I need to stick with my plans to prepare me for the battle,” Shoriful told Rubel adding that he is working on his stock ball.

“Yes, I’m concentrating on my stock ball a lot, basically stump to stump, and occasionally a hint of a swing,” he said.

The series was earlier pushed back by a week due to the ongoing challenges in the COVID-19 environment.

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