Won’t be taking Bangladesh lightly: Stead
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead backs young players to perform in Bangladesh ODI series.
With seniors Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor out ahead of the series opener, Blackcaps will bank on newcomers including three uncapped players Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell and Will Young.
Stead believes strong domestic roots and New Zealand A programs will produce more quality players in the coming days.
“The strength of New Zealand cricket at the moment is seen in the Blacks Caps, but it is also driven from below that with our New Zealand A programs,”
“And the domestic game as well is obviously in good heart as we are producing people that perform well when they get to international level.
“I expect you’ll see some new people. There could be up to three debutants. That’s exciting they’ll get that opportunity in and around the core of what is a very experienced side still.”
Bangladesh, too, are in a similar situation to that of the hosts. Eyes will be on young pacers, led by Mustafizur Rahman.
The Blackcaps coach feels both sides are on the same side of the coin, “We’ve done all our scouting and looked at all the options they may throw at us. If they put young players up, and I guess inexperienced players, I guess it’s no different to our inexperienced batsmen getting a go at international level.
“I think Bangladesh are an improving side and they seem to be developing more depth across their teams as well. We won’t be taking them lightly. I think they are a team that has learnt how to scrap better in the last three or four years.”
The first ODI on Saturday will be New Zealand’s first game in the Cricket World Cup Super League, a qualification pathway to 2023 India.