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Tamim optimistic of winning in New Zealand

Bangladesh have never beaten New Zealand in New Zealand in international cricket. The ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal wants to change things this time round.

A 20-member Bangladesh squad alongside support staff left Dhaka for New Zealand on Tuesday afternoon.

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The tourists are without Shakib Al Hasan, who has taken a paternity leave. Nor they have experienced Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. A slightly younger side will be against a team that agonisingly missed the World Cup trophy in 2019, and is a strong opposition to beat on their home soil.

Bangladesh have been on Down Under tours in 2016-17 and 2019. They missed a golden chance of beating the Kiwis during the second ODI in December 2016 due to a collapse.

Tamim is eager to break the shackles to win in New Zealand, “Look, we all know New Zealand conditions are difficult for us, but nothing is impossible. We will try to pull off something which we have never achieved in New Zealand. We are hopeful of it.”

Soumya Sarkar, who was slotted in Bangladesh’s line-up as No.7 in home ODIs against West Indies, feels good things will happen.

“Of course, good things will happen, given the way everyone has taken their mental and cricketing preparations. We want to break the [losing] streak [in New Zealand] and return home winning. Everyone did well in West Indies ODIs,” he said before catching outbound flight.

BCB director Jalal Yunus, who travelling with the team, insists on giving a good fight, “It’s a tough tour, a very challenging series, arguably. The boys have looked to be ready. We have to come back with fight. We have play the series well.”

The series will start on March 20 with the first of three ODIs. The T20I series will start on March 28.

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