Mushfiqur predicts tough test
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim believes New Zealand will be looking to settle an old score when the sides' one-day international series gets under way in Dhaka.
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The Black Caps were on the wrong end of a humbling 4-0 defeat in 2010, when the teams last contested a 50-over series, and will get the chance to put that right with the three matches in six days.
The first of those takes place at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday and Mushfiqur wasted no time in reminding the opposition of their former struggles.
"We are playing them (New Zealand) after three years, but it will be in their minds," he told espncricinfo.com.
"It will have an influence. They lost to us in our last series, and by a big margin.
"A lot of things have changed in the last three years. Both our sides have changes in personnel and combination.
"We have more mature players now. We have a big challenge ahead of us."
The recently concluded Test series ended in stalemate with both games drawn.
Bangladesh took plenty of encouragement, though, with starring roles for emerging players Mominul Haque and Sohag Gazi.
Both men are in the hosts' 16-man squad for the first two ODIs and are expected to play, fitness permitting.
"We had a lot to gain as a team and individually from the Test series against New Zealand and we are confident," he said.
"We are a team that must be respected in our conditions," Mushfiqur said.
"It won't be easy to beat them but it won't be impossible either. If we play to the best of our ability, we can beat them."
Meanwhile, New Zealand have announced that captain Brendon McCullum and star batsman Ross Taylor will be returning to New Zealand once their limited-overs commitments in Bangladesh are over.
The rest of the squad, augmented by Luke Ronchi and Ian Butler, will travel to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and two T20s, but the key duo are being given extra time to focus on the subsequent Test series at home to West Indies.
National selector Bruce Edgar said: "Ross and Brendon need red ball preparation to be at their best for the summer. Both players are vital to our success and fine tuning their red ball skills before the West Indies series starting in early December is paramount.
"This summer we have 37 days of international cricket at home and Brendon and Ross are expected to play all of these, so it's essential that we manage their workloads."