Steve Rhodes
Steve Rhodes (AFP Photo)

On the back of an impressive year in ODI cricket, coach Steve Rhodes is hoping Bangladesh could rewrite history as they head for New Zealand tour.

Bangladesh will be aiming to register their first victory against New Zealand in New Zealand with ODIs being their best bet to do so. The two teams will lock horns in three ODIs starting from February 13 which will be followed by a three-match Test series.

A few Bangladesh players alongside Rhodes took flight for New Zealand on Wednesday while the remaining will linkup with them post the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

“We are very happy with the performances of the players recently,” Rhodes was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Wednesday. “We are expecting to do well in the ODI format because that’s something we pride ourselves on and so we will be doing our very best in the ODIs.”

With the World Cup in England just months away, the tour will also be an indication of their preparation for the marquee event. “It [New Zealand tour] will give us an indication of where we are in world cricket, whether we are on target to the World Cup. You know Ireland and the West Indies (a tri-nation in May) will be closer to the tournament and so that will be the last finishing touches for the World Cup.

The last time Bangladesh toured the country (2016-17), they were clean swept across formats (lost 0-3 in ODIs, 0-3 in T20Is and 0-2 in Tests). “I hope we win some games. I will be great for us to win some games of cricket there, but it is not easy as it was proved during the last time. We are very happy with the players and we hope to achieve our goals in the upcoming tour,” Rhodes said.

He continued, “As far as Test matches are concerned, very difficult. Again, we are little bit better equipped now for playing away from home. Hopefully we can produce some result in the Test matches.”