Bangladesh created history by winning two times against New Zealand in a span of three days in Napier. After winning the last match of the ODI series, yesterday won the first match of the T20 series. Today the Bangladesh team reached Mount Manganui, the venue for the last two matches of the series.
The second match of the T20 series will start tomorrow at Mt Manganui. The Nazmuls will not have a chance to practice before the second match as they travel from Napier to Mt Manganui today. The players of the Bangladesh team will spend the day resting.
Assistant coach of the team Nick Pothus also informed the journalists who went to cover the series and said, ‘Today is a long journey. It is the responsibility of international cricketers to get used to such a schedule. It doesn’t matter whether you exercise or not, resting is important. It is not always necessary to prepare before the match.
Assistant coach of the Bangladesh team, Nick Pothus
Bangladesh team assistant coach Nick Pothas first light file photo
However, the Bangladesh team has all kinds of mental preparations for the next matches. Nazmul knows that the Kiwis will be looking to bounce back after losing the first match. Bangladesh has seen many times what can happen if New Zealand returns to its best form.
Pothus also reminded, ‘Golden opportunity to win the series against one of the best teams in the world. Boys should come down with the same enthusiasm as before. You can only think about the ball you are facing. You can’t think about what will happen next two balls, because the future is not in your hands. So we are thinking about the present. We definitely want to get the best result. But don’t forget they are one of the best teams in the world.
Pothus also said that Bangladesh is not taking that challenge as a pressure, but is enjoying it, “We are enjoying this challenge.”
The Bangladesh team does not see the challenge of winning the series as a pressure
Bangladesh team does not see the challenge of winning the series as a pressureAFP
Bangladesh is playing without experienced cricketers in this New Zealand series. Apart from Mushfiqur Rahim, none of the veterans were there in that sense in the ODI series. T20 team is more young. Pothas thinks that this team of Nazmuls will become more mature in two or three years, but we won by 5 wickets. A 5 wicket win is a big win in T20. If these guys keep playing for the next two-three years, they will show what they can do.