Spinners will play a big role in New Zealand: Vettori
Publish- March 11, 2021, 09:53 PM
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Bangladesh spin-bowling consultant Daniel Vettori has said that spinners will play a big role in the New Zealand series starting with the first one-day international on March 20 in Dunedin.
On this tour, Bangladesh will take on the hosts in the three-match ODI and three-match T20I series. The ODIs of this series are the part of the ongoing World Cup Super League.
“It feels really good to be back with the team in Queenstown,” Vettori said through a video message. “And it’s really good to see the players after a gap of one year. I started some outdoor activities after a long time. It’s good for us. I think New Zealand is lucky as they have been continuing the game of cricket and the Bangladesh series is on this process as well.”
Bangladesh played against the West Indies before flying for New Zealand. The Tigers won the three-match ODI series 3-0, but they suffered a 2-0 defeat in the two-match Test series.
“I think the spin-bowling will play a big role in this series as Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi were successful in the Australia series. And at the same time, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa also did well,” Vettori added.
“I think Miraz (Mehidy Hasan) has a good chance to do well. He is an experienced bowler and he did well against West Indies as well. Along with him, we have Mehedi Hasan and Nasim Ahmed too,” he further told the media.
Bangladesh’s spin-bowling coach also said that getting Tamim Iqbal as the ODI captain will surely help the Tigers in New Zealand.
He said: “Bangladesh are a lucky side as they got Tamim as their captain. He had previously toured New Zealand and he knows what to do here. He is a positive and open-minded guy. I think Bangladesh will do better in this series as they learnt many things over the last few years.”
The New Zealand series will kick off on March 20 with an ODI at the University Oval, Dunedin. The remaining two ODIs will be played on March 23 and 26 at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch and Basin Reserve, Wellington respectively. The T20Is will be played on March 28, 30 and April 1 at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, Basin Reserve, Wellington and Eden Park, Auckland respectively.
After the New Zealand tour, Tigers will tour Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series which is a part of the World Test Championship. However, the schedule of the Sri Lanka tour is yet to be finalized.