Blackcaps v Bangladesh: Newcomers eye NZ debuts with veterans rested for home white-ball series

Bangladesh have never won a one-day international in New Zealand, but that may very well change, when the Blackcaps field one of their most inexperienced squads ever to begin their home summer.

A national team call up has brought all the emotions for rookie Josh Clarkson. 

"It's almost like first day of school vibes actually," he said.  

The Central Districts allrounder is one of three uncapped players named to face Bangladesh in the three-match series, which begins at Dunedin on Sunday. 

Josh Clarkson and Will O'Rourke at Blackcaps training.
Josh Clarkson and Will O'Rourke at Blackcaps training. Photo credit: Photosport

"It was a pretty emotional phone call to make to the old man," said Clarkson. "He was stoked, probably more excited than I am."

Tall fast-bowler Will O'Rourke is another newcomer, getting his call-up, after making his senior debut for Canterbury just last year. 

Their inclusion come, as key players are rested after a gruelling international shedule. 

Six frontliners will sit out the series, including skipper Kane WiIlliamson, and veterans Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner. In all those being rested have amassed 531 one-dayers among them. 

"It's important that those guys get their rest, but on the back of that, it gives other guys opportunities and different roles," said acting skipper Tom Latham.

In 16 games, the Blackcaps have never lost a one-dayer at home to Bangladesh and despite the urge to keep the record intact, Latham is focused on the bigger picture - playing their own style of cricket. 

"Coming off the back of a World Cup, sometimes you want to reinvent the wheel and look at different things, but there is still a lot of good things that this team does," said Latham. 

Meanwhile, the Tigers are on the hunt against a green Kiwi outfit.

"Last year, we won one test match here, so another goal this series," insisted captain Najmul Hossain Shanto. "If we can win this series, it will be very good for our team." 

This might be their best chance yet, as they go up against a very different-looking Blackcaps side. 

Join Newshub at 11am Sunday for live updates of the Blackcaps v Bangladesh one-dayer