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Steve Rhodes scans NZ tour to assess team strength before CWC 2019

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes considers the team’s tour to New Zealand will be an ideal ground to assess the real strength ahead of ICC World Cup 2019.

Steve Rhodes

Talking to reporters ahead of team’s departure, Rhodes said, “It will give us an indication of where we are in world cricket, whether we are on target to the World Cup.”

He also said, “Ireland and the West Indies (a tri-nation competition in May) will be closer to the tournament and so that will be the last finishing touches for the World Cup.”

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Bangladesh are set to play three one-day internationals and as many Tests in New Zealand. As the mega ICC event is knocking at the door, the limited over matches would be a vital preparation for the team.

“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,” he said. “As far as Test matches are concerned, very difficult.

Bangladesh have never won a Test match or an ODI in New Zealand; the head coach is ushering hopes to change the phenomenon this time.

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“Again we are a little bit better equipped now for playing away from home. Hopefully we can produce some result in the Test matches,” Rhodes also said.

Bangladesh have added to their coaching staff Rhys Morgan, the former New Zealand first-class cricketer to assist in preparation for Test matches. He will join them after the ODIs for around 10 days.

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