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Tigers to keep experiments in NZ

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 29 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tigers to keep experiments in NZ
Players and coaching staff of Bangladesh national cricket team celebrate with the trophy after winning the two-match T20I series against UAE at Dubai International Stadium in UAE on Tuesday. – BCB PHOTO

The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon on Wednesday revealed that the team might make more experiments in the upcoming tri-nation T20I series in New Zealand before finalizing their combination for the forthcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

The Tigers recently won the two-match T20I series against UAE by a 2-0 margin. After winning the opening game by seven runs on Sunday, Bangladesh demonstrated an even better performance in the second game and won the match by 32 runs on Tuesday to complete a clean sweep against the hosts.

During both the matches, Bangladesh opened their innings with make-shift openers Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Sabbir Rahman, who previously opened for them against Sri Lanka during the T20 Asia Cup earlier this month.

Although Sabbir failed to make his mark as he made zero and 12 respectively against UAE, Mehidy showed some glimpses of his batting prowess by scoring 12 and 46 runs respectively.

Apart from that, all four pacers – Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam were given opportunities to play one match each during the series against UAE which made the team management understand their current form as well.

“I was surprised to hear about Sabbir’s batting in the opening position. I didn’t see him open the innings earlier. They (the team management) will try more things in New Zealand. They will finalise (the combination) after that,” Nazmul told reporters in Mirpur.

Meanwhile, batting coach Jamie Siddons backed Sabbir despite his not getting runs in the two-match T20I series against UAE.

“Sabbir is still trying to find his feet at this level of the game. But, you know, he showed us what he can do with the bat with one shot. We just want to see a bit more of that," Siddons said, adding that he is impressed with the performance of Miraz as an opener.

“Miraz is coming along in leaps and bounds. His confidence is up. I have seen him bat really well in Test matches and ODI cricket. I knew he could do what he has been doing. Now, he has been given a license to play more shots at the top of the order and he is doing a great job,” Siddons added.

Bangladesh cricket team returned home from UAE on Wednesday morning after winning the two-match T20I series against the hosts.

The Tigers are expected to fly to New Zealand on September 30 to play the tri-series comprising the hosts and Pakistan, scheduled to start on October 7 in Christchurch.

Later they will travel to Australia to play in the ICC T20 World Cup. The Tigers will face Afghanistan in their first warm-up game on October 17 before they take on South Africa in their last practice game on October 19, both at Allan Border Field.

Bangladesh will face the runners-up of Group A in their opening match of the main tournament on October 24 in Hobart.