Bangladesh like ‘underdog’ tag towards Black Caps: coach

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12 Feb 2019, 10:19 IST

Wellington, Feb 12 (AFP) Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes stated his costs had been relishing being underdogs as they chase a maiden victory over the Black Caps on New Zealand soil on Wednesday.

The vacationers have by no means overwhelmed the hosts in any format throughout 4 earlier excursions to New Zealand however Rhodes stated they shouldn’t be written off forward of the primary one-day worldwide in Napier on Thursday.

“We all know it should be very troublesome, we have got to be lifelike,” the Englishman advised reporters.

“However we fairly like being underdogs. We are able to shock a number of folks being an underdog and I feel New Zealand know they’ve nonetheless acquired to play some excellent cricket to beat us.”

Rhodes stated Bangladesh’s process had been made more durable by the injury-enforced absences of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and paceman Taskin Ahmed.

He stated the gruelling Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 event had been a combined blessing for his gamers as they put together for a New Zealand tour that features three one-day internationals and three Assessments.

“It has been a tough grind however an amazing competitors as properly (with) plenty of positives when it comes to experiencing robust cricket,” he stated.

“Nevertheless it’s taken its toll and the preparation just isn’t very best. I solely hope that on the day we present that we are able to play some cricket.” Whereas his gamers had been battle hardened, Rhodes stated they should be cautious of a New Zealand aspect nonetheless smarting from a 4-1 ODI collection loss to India.

“I feel they will use these bruises to bounce again and we have got to be prepared for a tricky New Zealand turning up,” he stated.

Bangladesh are nonetheless buoyed by their very own 2-1 ODI collection win over the West Indies in December and Rhodes stated his aspect was much more skilled than those who beforehand toured New Zealand.

“It is a actually massive process nevertheless it does not imply we won’t win,” he stated

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