Blackcaps v Bangladesh: Extended build-up boosts tourists searching for elusive win over NZ

Bangladesh cricketers believe their extra time in quarantine could be key to their chances of a first victory over the Blackcaps on New Zealand soil.

The tourists are putting some final touches on their preparations, before the first of three one-day internationals on Saturday. 

A touring group of 30 has allowed Bangladesh to play an inter-squad match in Queenstown and by the time Saturday rolls around, they will have trained in New Zealand for three weeks.

"People talk a lot about conditions and the wicket in New Zealand," says selector and former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar.

"But if you give yourself a little bit of time, it's actually very good for batting."

The hope is that the extra time can help Bangladesh end their run of 26 straight defeats to the Blackcaps in New Zealand, across all formats.

Former Blackcaps captain Daniel Vettori has been on board to help the visitors' spin attack.

"You see how Mitch Santner and Ish Sodhi have been in the recent series against Australia," Vettori says. "Even Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar, they all played a role.

"I think everyone knows spin is such an important part in white-ball cricket."

For the Blackcaps, Matt Henry is preparing to join the side in Dunedin for his first ODI since the 2019 World Cup final.

Two broken thumbs have kept the Canterbury quick bowler out of the squad ever since.

"In cricket, as a fast bowler, you're always dealing with injuries," Henry says.

"You're not expecting broken thumbs, but at the same time, understanding that it is a fickle game."

Bangladesh are now looking to break something of their own - 20 years of misery in New Zealand.

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