New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is wary of two Bangladeshi players in their upcoming home series; Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman. He is not taking the Bangladesh team lightly at all. [Read in Bangla: দুই বাংলাদেশী ক্রিকেটারে সতর্ক কিউই কোচ]
Speaking to stuff.co.nz, Kiwi coach Hesson said Mustafizur is going to be the next superstar in world cricket. He is aware of allrounder Shakib’s left-arm spin and middle-order batting.
He said, “Mustafizur took the IPL by storm this year and seems to be the next big star in world cricket. He’s coming back from injury and how much of a role he’ll play we’re unsure.
“Shakib Al Hasan is ranked in the top-two allrounders in the world. His left-arm spin and batting in the middle is pretty destructive. I could reel off 10 names,” he added.
Bangladesh team’s last tour for bilateral series was in 2014 in the Caribbean. They have played two ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches in New Zealand. But as they are in good form, Hesson doesn’t want to take the Tigers lightly.
“At home they’ve got a formidable record and away from home, at the last World Cup they played incredibly well. If you don’t front up against these boys you’ll get knocked over and a few sides around the world have found that in the last 3-4 years,” said Hesson.
Bangladesh are currently in Auckland to play warm-up match against New Zealand XI on 22nd December. The first ODI will be on 26th December at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com