Having aced one of their biggest obstacles—beating a top ranked side in Tests—the Bangladesh national team is surging in confidence. Their next assignment is an away tour of New Zealand, scheduled to begin on December 26.
Going by Bangladesh’s poor record abroad, it won’t be a surprise to find the Tigers a tad bit nervous. After all, the conditions in New Zealand have troubled the best of teams in the past.
However, ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan reckons Bangladesh can do well in New Zealand. Speaking to reporters during an event in the capital, he said: “In the past, we used to be a bit nervous about an away series. We used to be concerned about our performance and the condition and things like that. But after playing well in the World Cup [in Australia and New Zealand in 2015] we have gained plenty of confidence.
“The pacers had bowled well and so did the spinners. Hopefully something good will happen this time,” he added.
While the slow left-armer did say that the Tigers would be confident, he did however, admit that it would be a difficult task for Bangladesh.
“Playing in New Zealand won’t be easy for us and that’s why we need to prepare well for them in Australia. The camp in Australia will help us a lot for the New Zealand series. We hope to make the most of that time,” said Shakib.
Prior to the New Zealand series, Bangladesh will take part in a preparatory camp in New Zealand in order to adjust to the conditions. A 22-member squad will leave for Australia, where they will be playing a number of games including two against Big Bash teams, on December 9.