Vettori expects spin to play a big part in New Zealand

Published: 11 Mar 2021

Online Desk

Bangladesh spin consultant Daniel Vettori said on Thursday that spin can play a vital role in the upcoming series against New Zealand, comprised of three ODIs and three T20s.

In the recently concluded five-match T20 series between New Zealand and Australia slow bowlers proved to be a decisive factor as Ish Sodhi, Mitch Santer, Aston Agar and Adam Zampa bowled well in the series, reports Cricbuzz.

"I think spin can play a big part. You see how successful Mitch Santner and Ish Sodhi have been in the recent series. Even Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa played a role. Everyone knows that spin is an important part of white-ball cricket,'' Vettori, who joined the Bangladesh team after a long gap on Wednesday told reporters.

'' Mehedy Hasan (Miraz) in particular, how experienced he is, and how successful he was in the recent series against West Indies, I think he can bring a lot to the table,'' he said.

''He will be backed up by Mahedi and Nasum. I think they can really find a place in the team and contribute to performance,'' he added.

Vettori said he is happy to reunite with Bangladesh set-up in Queenstown and resume his duties as the team's spin consultant.

Vettori, who has 40 days remaining on his 100-day contract, was unable to join the team during their recent home series against the West Indies owing to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.

''I am very happy to be back with the Bangladeshi boys in Queenstown. It is exciting to see everyone again after about a year. It is nice to see all the familiar faces, particularly the spin bowlers, and getting back in the nets with them. It has been a long time, so any cricket or outdoor stuff is great,'' he said.

''New Zealand has been fortunate as we have been able to keep going with sports. Bangladesh series will just be a continuation of that,'' he added.

Vettori added that experience of Tamim Iqbal will be invaluable in the series as he is well aware what works and what doesn't in this condition.

"I think Bangladesh is lucky coming into this tour with Tamim as captain. He is very open-minded. Because he has come across the challenges of New Zealand before, he understands what hasn't worked in the past. I think he is positive around working towards things that can work,'' said Vettori.

''I think it is a great starting point for us. I think Bangladesh will try some things in this series. We know New Zealand is an exceptional team who are playing really well but hopefully we have learned from those prior experiences,'' he added.

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