NZ tour will give indication where are we in world cricket: Rhodes

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes believes Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand will be a key series to find out Bangladesh’s situation before the upcoming World Cup.

Some of the players including the head coach are already on their way to New Zealand where they will play three Tests and three ODIs.

Before the departure, Rhodes said Bangladesh can take some encouragement seeing their ODI record 2018. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and his men won 13 out of 20 matches last year.

“We are very happy with the performances of the players recently. We are expecting to do well in the ODI format because that’s something we pride ourselves on and so we will be doing our very best in the ODIs.”

However, Rhodes believes the Test series will be a very difficult task. Although, the coach hopes to see his side produce some results in the longer format of the game.

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“As far as Test matches are concerned, very difficult,” added Rhodes, who still expressed hope of his team challenging the hosts. “Again we are little bit better equipped now for playing away from home. Hopefully we can produce some result in the Test matches,” he said.

With World Cup right around the corner, Rhodes also said it will be an ideal preparation and will provide his side a good opportunity in terms of assessing the squad.

“It [the tour of New Zealand] will give us an indication of where we are in world cricket, whether we are on target to the World Cup. You know Ireland and the West Indies (a tri-nation in May) will be closer to the tournament and so that will be the last finishing touches for the World Cup.”

“I hope we win some games. I will be great for us to win some games of cricket there but it is not easy as it was proved during the last time. We are very happy with the players and we hope to achieve our goals in the upcoming tour,” Rhodes concluded.

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