‘Preparation is not ideal but Bangladesh can surprise as underdogs,’ Steve Rhodes

Bangladesh are preparing themselves hard to face New Zealand ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. 

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It is always tough job to check the Kiwis at home even for big guns and Bangladesh are yet to open their account of win against the black caps in their (New Zealand) home ground.

Admitting the face prior to the first one day international match starting from Wednesday in Napier, Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes said he is weary of the challenge.

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“We know it’s going to be very difficult, we’ve got to be realistic,” Rhodes said.

“But we quite like being underdogs. We can surprise a few people being an underdog and I think New Zealand know they’ve still got to play some very good cricket to beat us.”

The three match limited over series will be followed by three match Test series.

“It’s been a hard grind but a great competition as well (with) lots of positives in terms of experiencing tough cricket,” Bangladesh coach said.

“But it’s taken its toll and the preparation is not ideal. I only hope that on the day we show that we can play some cricket,” he thus added.

In four previous tours, Bangladesh were never able to beat New Zealand.

The Englishman said,“I think they’ll use those bruises to bounce back and we’ve got to be ready for a tough New Zealand turning up,” he said.

Bangladesh are still buoyed by their own 2-1 ODI series win over the West Indies in December and Rhodes said his side was far more experienced than those that previously toured New Zealand. It’s a really big task but it doesn’t mean we can’t win,” Rhodes added.

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