[caption id="attachment_801818" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-801818" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Mashrafe-Mortaza-AFP-Getty.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="436" /> Bangladesh s only win in New Zealand came in 2015 when they beat Scotland by six wickets in a World Cup group match at Nelson. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh/">Bangladesh</a> skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mashrafe-mortaza/">Mashrafe Mortaza</a> is confident his team can break their drought in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/">New Zealand</a> during the upcoming series, even without their talismanic all-rounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shakib-al-hasan/">Shakib Al Hasan</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Shakib was ruled out of the upcoming three-match one-day international series at the eleventh hour, with a fracture to the little finger on his left hand. The all-rounder's absence will make winning that much tougher for Bangladesh, who have not defeated New Zealand in any format during their previous four visits to the country. <p></p> <p></p>Bangladesh s only win in New Zealand came in 2015 when they beat Scotland by six wickets in a World Cup group match at Nelson. The ODI series starts in Napier on February 13. <p></p> <p></p>"It was already a big challenge. The loss of Shakib made it a bigger challenge," Mashrafe told reporters before leaving for New Zealand on Sunday. "We have to play with a positive frame of mind," he said. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/suspended-sabbir-rahman-was-recalled-due-to-miscommunication-bcb-president-nazmul-hassan-797134">Suspended Sabbir Rahman was recalled due to miscommunication: BCB president Nazmul Hassan</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Mashrafe did not rule out winning the series against the hosts, despite their poor record in the country, saying it was "difficult but possible." <p></p> <p></p>"Mental strength" is crucial, he said, for his team to pull off a surprise win. <p></p> <p></p>The final stage of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/bangladesh-premier-league">Bangladesh Premier League</a> (BPL 2019) Twenty20 tournament also lifted Mashrafe's hopes for success, as he watched some of the team's batsmen return to form. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/tamim-iqbal-scores-century-as-comilla-victorians-crowned-champions-of-bpl-2019-801128">Tamim Iqbal scores century as Comilla Victorians crowned champions of BPL 2019</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Opener Tamim Iqbal struck 141 off 61 balls in the final of the tournament to help his <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/comilla-victorians">Comilla Victorians</a> beat Shakib s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/dhaka-dynamites">Dhaka Dynamites</a> by 17 runs for the title on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>"The kind of wicket we got in the BPL semi-final and final I think the wicket (in New Zealand) will be similar and flat," Mashrafe said. "It s a relief for us that the batsmen returned to form. The challenge is now for the bowlers." (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/i-feel-i-am-still-dreaming-tamim-iqbal-after-bpl-triumph-801442">I feel I am still dreaming: Tamim Iqbal after BPL triumph</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Bangladesh will play three Test matches, along with the ODIs, during their long visit to the country. The first Test is due to start on February 28 in Hamilton.