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Ravindra excited to be back in Bangladesh again

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  • 22 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Ravindra excited to be back in Bangladesh again

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Uncapped New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra expressed his excitement regarding their upcoming Bangladesh tour and was hopeful to make his international debut during the series.

The 21-year old received a maiden national team call during their two-match Test series against England earlier this year but he wasn’t picked for any of the Tests of the series in England.

The left-hander was again named in the 15-member squad for the five-match T20I series against Bangladesh after New Zealand Cricket announced a second-string team for the tour and Ravindra is now looking to capitalize on the opportunity.

“It’s good to be in the mix. You always want to play all formats for New Zealand and it’s an absolute honour, whether it’s the test format or T20. I’m really excited to play some white-ball cricket after a long while,” Ravindra was quoted in stuff.co.nz on Saturday.

It’ll be the second Bangladesh tour for Ravindra as he previously toured with their U-19 team during the 2016 ICC U-19 World Cup where his side faced elimination from the group stage.

Ravindra’s teammates on that tour Finn Allen and Ben Sears are also named in the New Zealand squad for the upcoming T20I series and Ravindra, who is also a left-arm spinner, believed that they would get a more difficult condition in Bangladesh.

“That was a unique experience,” Ravindra said of that first tour. “We’d been in the UAE but the conditions were so different to what we expected. “They were turning wickets, very slow, and we hadn’t really been exposed to any of that growing up. It was an eye-opener and that experience will help me, even the little things like the weather and what food we’re going to get.

“Especially watching the series against Australia and seeing the contrasting conditions from a normal T20 here. Par score over there is probably 130-140 so it will be a different game plan but it’s exciting to adapt and learn over there,” he added.

Meanwhile, NZC confirmed on Friday that, despite the Covid-19 alert level 4 in their country, their team will depart from Auckland for Dhaka on Monday night as per schedule.

The five-match series will get underway on September 1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.