NZ series will be ideal preparation for WC 2019, believes Mushfiqur Rahim

Bangladesh veteran wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim reckons the tour to New Zealand as the ideal preparation for the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim

Bangladesh will play three ODIs and as many Tests beginning with the first one-dayer on February 13.

“We ran them close in two (out of three) ODIs on our last New Zealand tour, in Nelson and Christchurch. If Mosaddek and I had batted for longer, things would have been different,” Mushfiqur said.

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“It will be the ideal preparation ahead of the World Cup. There may be high-scoring matches. If we can overcome those challenges, it will only help us for the future,” he said.

Despite the Kiwis suffered a 4-1 series loss against India in the recently-concluded one-day series, Mushfiqur feels it would be hard for Bangladesh to check the hosts at home ground.

“It will be a difficult challenge in New Zealand,” Mushfiqur said.

“India won the ODI series but New Zealand fought really hard. They have a really good bowling attack, but I believe that our team will do well,” he added.

Mushfiqur run a good errand in the ongoing Bangladesh Premeir League. Although his side Chittagong Vikings have been eliminated by Dhaka Dynamites following a six wicket loss, Mushfiqur became the leading run scorer of the team with 426 runs at a strike rate of 193.21.

Mushfiqur said, “Ideally there should be a week’s break (after the BPL) but still, our first game is on February 13. So we have seven or eight days left. We are in match practice, so there can’t be anything better than that. It helps you fitness-wise too.”

“I think if we had better foreign inclusions after winning five games, things could have been different. If we leave out today, I think we had a good tournament,” he said.


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