New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner and Bangladesh captain Nazmul Hossain in front of the camera with the T20 World Cup series trophy at Hawke’s Bay in Napier Blackcaps X account
Bangladesh’s last match at McLean Park in Napier is a happy memory. Bangladesh defeated New Zealand by 9 wickets in the last match of the ODI series last Saturday. It was their first home win against New Zealand in the white ball version, and to put it bluntly, their first ODI win. That is, Bangladesh is still winless in T20 World Cup. Since the field is the same, the Bangladesh team hopes to win the first T20 World Cup this time. However, with changing the record, Bangladesh has its eyes on the World Cup preparation.
From 2010 to last year, Bangladesh lost all 9 T20Is played against the hosts on New Zealand soil. Tomorrow’s T20 World Cup match is important for Bangladesh for another reason, apart from looking for a first win in this edition. Bangladesh captain Nazmul Hossain told the reporters in Napier, “This is the beginning of preparation for the World Cup.” Everyone is looking forward to playing the series, hopefully, everyone will do well.
Blackcaps X accounts of the captains of the two teams outside the field before the fight on the field
The T20 World Cup will start on June 3 in the United States and West Indies. Before that, Bangladesh will play 11 matches in this edition. Chandika Hathurusinghe, the coach of Nazmuls, also said the same thing to the reporters earlier, ‘We want to keep an eye on the T20 World Cup. We want to make our plan from here. From now we will be able to play 11 matches, there is also BPL. We will try to figure out our combination, and the introduction of how we want to play in the World Cup will also be given. This is actually the plan.
New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner considers the T20 World Cup series to be tough. Appreciating Bangladesh’s performance in the ODI series, Santner said, ‘I am looking forward to playing another tough series. Bangladesh played well in all three matches, it was a competitive series. In the last match especially, the pitch support was a bit, they bowled well, in good areas. They deserved the win.
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Despite losing the ODI series 2-1, Nazmul is satisfied with the performance of the players. After winning the last match of the series on December 23, the Bangladesh team was in a cheerful mood for so long. Nazmul also said that now the players are looking forward to playing the series after the rest.
Hoping to do well in the T20 series, the Bangladesh captain said, ‘Very important series. The past few days have been pretty good. Really looking forward to playing the series. I played good cricket in this series, the result of the last match was good. I hope I can play well in T20 World Cup too.
New Zealand is already a beautiful country. And the sunny seaside town of Napier. Many people call Napier the ‘Nice of the Pacific’ after the city of Nice in France. And some say ‘the art deco capital of the world.’ Nazmul was also asked about the beauty of New Zealand. In reply, the Bangladesh captain said, “I think everyone likes the whole of New Zealand.” Beautiful sea, great people. We have been coming here for the last 3-4 years, and we really enjoy it.’