Bangladesh cricket team head coach Steve Rhodes on Friday said that the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League was far from ideal preparation for the forthcoming New Zealand series.
The Tigers will tour New Zealand at the end of the ongoing franchise-based Twenty20 competition where they will play three one-day internationals and as many Tests in their month-long sojourn of New Zealand, scheduled to start from February 13 in Napier.
Bangladesh have been playing at home condition since October last year when they hosted Zimbabwe and West Indies respectively in full-fledged series before the players got engaged in the sixth edition of BPL, which will run till February 8.
The Tigers will get less than a week to cope with the conditions in New Zealand, where they struggled in all their previous four tours.
‘Let’s keep that quiet from the New Zealanders that we’ve been playing on these wickets,’ Rhodes told reporters during a press-conference in Sylhet.
‘It’s far from ideal preparation, the way that we go straight from the BPL into ODIs in New Zealand. But what can we do about it; this tournament is a fantastic tournament, it needed fitting in and it was the only slot available.
‘We understand that, [those of us] involved in the national team and we’ll deal with that. We know that the preparation is going to be very rushed for the ODIs against New Zealand but we’ll put up with that and we’ll give it our best shot and try and win the games that are put in front of us.
‘The Test boys are different; they’ve got a little bit longer, the specialist Test guys, to prepare and acclimatise in New Zealand, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
‘The BPL, I don’t think we should get too carried away with the performances, whether the players do well or not so well…..So I’m not getting too carried away but having said that, we all expect our players to perform,’ he added.
The Englishman, however, said that Bangladesh’s actual World Cup preparation will start in Ireland in May this year where the Tigers will play a tri-nation ODI series involving hosts Ireland and West Indies.
‘We’ll have a little camp in Mirpur before we go, get to Ireland, experience some good cricket against the West Indies and Ireland and get used to the cold of Ireland and the wet. Slowly the wickets will start to dry by the time we get to England,’ said the 54-year old Englishman.
‘Once again, I think with the Ireland preparation we’ll be in a good spot when we get to the World Cup in England.’
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