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Bangladesh’s senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim believes the tour to New Zealand will be ideal preparation for the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Bangladesh will play three ODIs and as many Tests beginning with the first one-dayer on February 13.

“It will be a difficult challenge in New Zealand. India won the ODI series, but New Zealand fought really hard. They have a really good bowling attack, but I believe that our team will do well,” Mushfiqur was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo on Monday. (ALSO READ: Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed ruled out of New Zealand tour)

“We ran them close in two (out of three) ODIs on our last New Zealand tour, in Nelson and Christchurch. If Mosaddek Hossain and I had batted for longer, things would have been different. It will be the ideal preparation ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. There may be high-scoring matches. If we can overcome those challenges, it will only help us for the future.” (ALSO READ: Suspended Sabbir Rahman was recalled due to miscommunication: BCB president Nazmul Hassan)

Bangladesh have never got the better of the Black Caps in an international in New Zealand. In their last ODI match in mid-December, they beat West Indies 2-1 at home. Since that series, Bangladesh have been involved in just T20I fixtures – three against West Indies followed by the ongoing edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

“Ideally there should be a week’s break (after the BPL) but still our first game is on February 13. So, we have seven or eight days left. We are in match practice, so there can’t be anything better than that. It helps you, fitness-wise too,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mushfiqur’s BPL side, Chittagong Vikings, crashed out the BPL on Monday following a six-wicket defeat to Dhaka Dynamites.

“I wanted to play a match-winning knock today, but it didn’t happen. I feel that I am slightly happier than previous tournaments. I have got out of some tough situations, and believed in myself a little more,” Mushfiqur, his team’s highest scorer with 426 runs at a strike rate of 139.21, said. (ALSO READ: Sunil Narine’s all-round show seals Dhaka Dyamites’ six-wicket win over Chittagong Vikings)

He reckons that lack of pressure on Vikings – they were the underdogs – helped them better expectations.

“We had the belief to finish in the top four. There was little pressure on us. We didn’t have the team on paper, but we wanted to show that despite being a low-budget side, we can set an example with a good result,” he said.

“I think if we had better foreign inclusions after winning five games, things could have been different. If we leave out today, I think we had a good tournament.”