Latham takes pride in his milestone; Tamim hopeful about new guns

Sports Correspondent

20 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

New Zealand’s interim skipper Tom Latham said he feels extremely proud to represent his country for 100 one-day internationals and that too as a skipper of the team.

The 28-year old is set to achieve a new milestone when they face Bangladesh in the first of the three-match one-day international series today in Dunedin as the match will be Latham’s 100th ODI match in his career.

“It’s really exciting. To play one game is pretty cool but to play 100 games and also you have the captaincy is pretty cool and obviously, I am really excited and very proud,” Latham said on Friday at Signal Hill, Dunedin during a photoshoot session ahead of the ODI series.

“That’s a great group to lead and have done a little bit in the past also.” He added. 

Latham was hopeful that his side would continue their good form during the series against Tigers and thanked Bangladesh for coming to their country to play the limited-overs series.

“The guys have been playing really good cricket this year in red-ball and white-ball. So our fingers crossed. We are looking to continue the form here and we know that Bangladesh have obviously been in quarantine for a long time.

“They came here to play these games and I thanked them for that. Really excited to play the game tomorrow (today),” he added.

While replying to a journalist’s question whether it is the best chance for Bangladesh to break the duck in New Zealand, Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal said, “There is always an opportunity every time you play against any side. We just have to execute things well and tick all the boxes. If you do so then you have the opportunity to do so.”

Tamim, however, was excited with their new young fast bowlers and hoped to change their history this time around.

“It will be exciting I reckon. We don’t have a great record in New Zealand. I think this is a great opportunity for us to change things around. We got some young players in the team and were very excited about them, especially the fast bowling attack. So hoping to start well tomorrow (today),” he added.

As the match is scheduled to start at 04:00am Bangladesh Standard Time, the readers have already known the result of the game whether Bangladesh go on to win their first match against New Zealand in their own backyard or concede another defeat to continue their losing streak.