Cricket: Blackcaps determined to end 15-year wait for victory in Bangladesh in ODI series

When the Blackcaps take the field in Mirpur on Thursday night (NZ time), they'll be out to end a 15-year wait to win a series against Bangladesh in Bangladesh once again.

After coming back from their first defeat to Bangladesh to win 2-1 all the way back in 2008, the Blackcaps have lost twice to the Tigers in their own back yard.

In 2010, New Zealand were swept 4-0, and fell to another 3-0 loss three years later in 2013.

And while admittedly the Blackcaps seldom travel to Bangladesh, this year's three-match series gives a heavily rotated New Zealand team a chance to end the wait for a win.

The Blackcaps celebrate.
The Blackcaps celebrate. Photo credit: Getty Images

But the XI that takes the field for either side will be far from full strength, with both teams keeping one eye on the Cricket World Cup, now less than three weeks away.

Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson will captain the Blackcaps for the first time, while only Will Young, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi and Rachin Ravindra are squad members that will also head to the World Cup afterwards.

But with a daunting task in front of them, new captain Ferguson says nothing else but victory will do. 

"We're here to win," said Ferguson. "Obviously it's challenging to do in this part of the world and against a very strong side. I think every time the Blackcaps put on that jersey, we're playing the game to win.

"However, we know there's a process to it. It doesn't just focus on the outcome. It's important to focus on the steps throughout the game and try to nail what we do best as a group. 

"And certainly, the Kiwi way is to keep scrapping throughout the whole game. No doubt there'll be momentum shifts throughout the series and throughout these games.

"But certainly, from our point of view, we're going to pride ourselves on fighting to the end."  

Helping Ferguson, is the return of Boult from his international exile after giving back his New Zealand Cricket contract.  

Earlier this month, the 34-year-old ended a wait of more than 300 days to play for his country again, and looked like he's never been away.  

And with Tim Southee – who could be out of the World Cup altogether – and Matt Henry both at home to rest, Ferguson is grateful to have Boult to lean on in such a tough first assignment as skipper.   

"[He's] clearly a guy with a lot of experience and certainly really enjoying him back within the group. 

"Straight away in England, he came in and you know, it was exceptional and it was challenging to bowl quick and the scores were high in England and his expertise and calmness under pressure was - couldn't really replace it by anything.   

"So I guess without Tim here, and Matt Henry as well, you know, Boult's going to have a bigger leadership role as he always does.   

"But he's certainly a gem for us and I certainly enjoy playing alongside and, you know, I'm sure if it's swinging tomorrow, he's one of the guys who'll get some swing out of it."