Management unhappy with 1st ODI wicket
Despite Bangladesh's emphatic 43-run win over New Zealand in the first ODI at Mirpur on Tuesday, Bangladesh's team management was reportedly unhappy with the wicket prepared for the first ODI.
Close sources stated that the management had expected a traditional slow and low wicket that would provide more support for Bangladesh's slower bowlers. Instead, the first ODI saw the ball pop up a number of times and seemed to have had aided the pacers.
The management believed that the kind of wicket the first ODI was played on would have suited the visitors more and that if it was not for Rubel Hossain's spell, the hosts would have been in trouble. They also reportedly had a talk with the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium curator Gamini De Silva regarding the issue.
Following the rain break, New Zealand required 124 runs in 13 overs to win. They began well by scoring 38 runs off the first three overs. But then Rubel stole the game by taking five wickets, including a hattrick.
It was also learnt that the management might break the winning combination and make a change in the top order. The change could well involve Anamul Haque, who has not been among the runs and he could be replaced by Shamsur Rahman. The support for pacers on the wicket also brought about talks of possible inclusion of allrounder Ziaur Rahman, but the management are likely to stick to their two-man pace attack.