Bangladesh is all set to New Zealand in the month of February to play three ODIs and three Tests. The visitors lost their warm-up game against New Zealand XI by two wickets. Mashrafe Mortaza will captain the side for the one-day series that starts from 13th February.
Bangladesh have announced their ODI and Test squads for the New Zealand tour. Mohammad Saifuddin and Nayeem Hasan have been included in the limited-overs squad against New Zealand.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Mushfiqur Rahim to do the bulk of the scoring. The trio has been consistent performers for the side over last six months.
The side has quality all-rounder in Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah that provide value with bat and ball. Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das and Mohammad Mithun are other players who will be fighting it out for a place in the playing XI.
In the bowling department, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman are premier pace options for the side. Shafiul Islam has made his comeback in the limited-overs side due to his good performance in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.Nayeem Hasan and Mehidy Hasan are two spinners picked for the series.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be confident of doing well after beating India in the recently concluded three-match T20I series.
Opener Colin Munro has been dropped from the side following his string of low scores in limited-overs cricket. Tom Latham might be promoted at the top of the order for the one-day series against Bangladesh.
New Zealand will be hoping that skipper Kane Williamson can find form with the bat. Since August 2018, Williamson has scored 322 runs in 10 matches at an average of 32.20 with three half-centuries to his name. He is the premier batsman in the batting lineup in limited-overs cricket and will be keen to get back to his best in this series.
In-form players like Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and James Neesham will be keen to continue their good form in this one-day series.Martin Guptill has been inconsistent for the side at the top of the innings. The home side will be hoping that Guptill can show consistency in this three-match series that starts on Wednesday.
The culmination of the one-day series will see Bangladesh face New Zealand in a three-match Test series that will start on 28th February in Hamilton
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2019 Schedule
1st ODI –New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 01:00 GMT
2nd ODI – New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 22:00 GMT
3rd ODI –New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 22:00 GMT
1st Test – New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 22:00 GMT
2nd Test – New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Friday, March 8, 2019, at 22:00 GMT
3rd Test – New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 22:00 GMT