Breeze, greentop await Tigers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:07, Jan 11,2017

 
 

Basin Reserve pitch curator rolls the pitch on Tuesday ahead of the first Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Wellington staring from Thursday. — BCB photo

After humiliation in one-day internationals and Twenty20s, Bangladesh cricket team switched to Test mode on Tuesday, only to be welcomed by another shock at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
The venue, which will host the first Test from January 12-16 and where Bangladesh failed to cross 150-run in their previous four attempts, appalled the Tigers with a green wicket that has been prepared for the mach.
Basin Reserve is notoriously known for wind and coupled with the greentop wicket many though the game could be swung to hosts’ way in the very first session.
‘It was difficult to distinguish wickets from the ground,’ chief selector Minhajul Abedin told New Age over phone on Tuesday.
‘All the five wickets were covered with substantial amount of grass. Though it is expected it will be rolled for one more time but it would hardly make any serious difference.
‘They have a good pace attack and it is understandable they will try to take maximum benefit of it by exploiting the condition and the pitch,’ he said.
Not everyone in Bangladesh team however were totally upset seeing the green wicket as it gave Bangladesh pace bowlers also some kind of hope.
Taskin Ahmed said they also can get something out of it to put New Zealand in some sort of trouble.
Taskin, who was yet to play Test though a regular in limited-over side, would join Rubel Hossain and fellow rookies Subashis Roy and Kamrul Islam Rabbi in Bangladesh’s pace attack for the Test.
While New Zealand’s three pacers – Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagener– have the collective experience of playing 128 Tests, barring Rubel, Bangladesh’s three other pacers have just two matches combinedly.
‘I agree we are not experience but we are not incapable,’ Taskin told reporters at Basin Reserve on Tuesday, adding that a greentop wicket can help them produce some surprises.
‘We are excited about green wickets and we have quality pace bowlers in our squad,’ he said. ‘We can lack experience but we are not short of skill. If we can play to our potential anything can happen,’ he said.
Taskin said that he is not bothered with lack of longer-version games before set to make his Test debut as he had prepared himself for the workload.
Taskin, who is all set to make his Test debut, just played 10 first-class matches so far.
‘I am eagerly waiting to play despite featuring only in 10 first-class games. Experience wise it might be little but I don’t think about any such thing,’ said Taskin.
‘I would be delighted to make my Test debut in this condition and preparing me accordingly by bowling 15 to 20 overs in the nets,’ he said.
‘There is lot of wind here and probably it will stay like this in the coming days. There is both plus and minus as far as wind is concerned and if we can execute our plans we can put them into trouble,’ he said.

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