The 22-member Bangladesh squad will fly out from Sydney on Sunday for Whangarei. After setting foot in the northernmost city of New Zealand, the Tigers will officially start their first tour of the country since the 2009-10 season.
Following a week-long camp in Whangarei, the men in red and green will then move to Christchurch, the venue for the first one-day international on Boxing Day. The other two ODIs will be played in Nelson on December 29 and 31 respectively.
The Bangladesh think-tank has decided to carry the whole squad for the limited-overs leg of the tour, except for those who were sent with the squad as “development performers”, which includes the likes of Mehedi Maruf.
Maruf, who had a sensational season for Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2016-17 season champions Dhaka Dynamites, was rewarded for his performances by being named for the Tigers’ camp in Sydney.
After the ODI series, the Tigers are set to lock horns with the Kiwis in a three-match T20 international series, following which six to seven cricketers will be sent back home. Only those in the Test squad will be retained for the tour.
Bangladesh will face hosts New Zealand in the first T20I on January 3 at McLean Park, Napier while the second and the third matches of the series will be held at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on January 6 and 8 respectively. The bilateral series will conclude with the two Test matches, scheduled to get underway on January 12 and 20 in Wellington and Christchurch respectively.
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