Bangladesh vs New Zealand series 2021 has created a special interest among the cricket fans as for the first time Tamim Iqbal will lead Bangladesh away from home after being appointed as permanent ODI captain. Facing off against New Zealand in their own backyard would be a real challenge for Bangladesh, this is why we can expect that Tamim’s actual leadership ability will be exposed in this series. Besides, the final outcome of the contest will affect the ICC’s ODI rankings. So, this article highlights the ODI rankings prediction of Bangladesh and New Zealand at the end of the series.
The bilateral ODI series between New Zealand and Bangladesh will be important for both sides as the points from each match will be added in the ICC cricket world cup super league. The series result may change the overall ICC rankings especially if New Zealand win all the matches against an under-pressure Bangladesh side.
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New Zealand haven’t played an ODI for almost a year, their last one-day game was against arch-rival Australia back on March 13, 2020, before the worldwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. On the other side, Bangladesh whitewashed (3-0) the Windies in an ODI series at home this January. In fact, Bangladesh won their previous six ODIs but all victories came at home.
As per the latest updates, New Zealand are at 3rd position with 116 points, while Bangladesh are at 7th position with 91 points. The Kiwis will move up to the second spot if they whitewash Bangladesh but interestingly team tigers won’t move down to the rankings if they hammer by the host in all matches.
On the other hand, winning the series 3-0 won’t change Bangladesh’s ODI rankings but five valuable rating points will be added to their name. Let’s take a look at how ICC’s ODI rankings prediction gives us an idea about the series-end ranking scenario.
Source: United News of Bangladesh