With a little over two weeks left before the T20 World Cup 2022 begins in Australia, the participating teams are currently busy preparing themselves for the main event. In this perspective, New Zealand will organize a tri-series beginning on October 7 that includes Bangladesh and Pakistan. Let’s take a look at the 3 challenges Bangladesh may face in the forthcoming New Zealand Tri-Series 2022.
New Zealand Tri-Series 2022: The main challenges for the Bangladeshi players
The Bangladesh cricket team’s recent performance in the Twenty20 format hasn’t been impressive. They have won 4 out of 12 matches this year, but all of the wins have come against weaker opponents or teams at the same level. In this context, Bangladesh’s poor run in the T20 format itself will be a big challenge during the tri-nation series. Here are the three areas where the tigers may struggle in the upcoming competition.
The Bangladesh players don’t have enough experience to play in the New Zealand conditions. A different skill set is required in order to do well in those kinds of conditions. Wickets in the Oceania region offer more bounce and pace. Balls come to the bat fast, and pace bowlers can get a lot of advantage from the surfaces.
Whereas, in Bangladesh and sub-continent conditions, wickets usually remain slow and damp. The wickets offer more turn and swing, and batters often find it tough to score runs. Therefore, Bangladesh’s players need to be well versed in the conditions. More importantly, the sooner they can adapt to the condition, the better for them.
Strike Rotation – Batting
Bangladesh batters’ strike rates have been really unimpressive. One of the main reasons for that is their inability to play big shots on a consistent basis. The batters mindset and approach need to adjust according to the format.
Because of the bouncy wickets, Bangladesh players may find it difficult to make an immediate impact in New Zealand conditions. But players will flourish if they can read the pitches properly and make some technical adjustments in their batting.
The T20I stats of Bangladesh players in New Zealand haven’t been good. The two players who have more than 100 T20I runs and fifty plus scores in an innings in New Zealand are Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah Riyad, but they are not part of the team. Soumya has a more than 150 strike rate as well.
Except for these two players, none of the Bangladesh players have even 100 Twenty20 international runs in New Zealand and their strike rates are poor as well. Therefore,a real challenge is waiting for the batters.
Economy Rates – Bowling
New Zealand wickets are ideal for the pacers to flourish. But, one has to be knowledgeable and experienced with the conditions to find success on those surfaces. That is why Bangladesh bowlers often find it difficult to produce good performances in Kiwi conditions.
Bangladesh bowlers’ T20I bowling stats in New Zealand prove that they have failed to excel there. Shakib Al Hasan has the best economy rate among the Bangladesh bowlers who have bowled at least 10 T20I overs in New Zealand. Shakib Al Hasan has a 7.14 economy rate in New Zealand.
Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza are in second and third positions with less than 10 economy rates. The bowlers, therefore, will likely have a tough time in there in order to check the run flow. Therefore, the bowling coaches have a big job on their hands.
The Bangladesh players will face some serious challenges in the upcoming New Zealand Tri-Series 2022 as both Pakistan and the host will be really tough opponents for them. But they have to find a way to put up their best efforts against these opponents, which will make them better prepared for the 2022 Twenty20 World Cup.
Source: United News of Bangladesh